The firm could do something similar with Office by offering a greatly reduced one-year subscription to Office 365 Home Premium, a higher-grade SKU that, for example, includes the Outlook email client, a piece missing from Office's most popular edition, Home & Student.
Such a move would be to Microsoft's benefit because it would familiarize customers with the concept of paying for a suite over time, and perhaps make it easier for Microsoft to later convert them to full-price subscribers.
Users can try the Office 365 Home Premium Customer Preview -- it installs a copy of Office 2013 on the PC's hard drive -- by starting at this Microsoft site.
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