Office Goes Subscription-Only for Home Use Program

Joanna Estrada
August 13, 2019

In its infinite wisdom of what the customer wants, far outweighing the need to make a profit, the company has confirmed that users will no longer be able to buy a standalone copy of Microsoft Office 2019 as part of the Home Use Program.

Microsoft has made a significant change to the Home Use Program, which typically allowed employees from eligible companies with Software Assurance licenses to enjoy the same Office programs running on their PC at work, on their home PC. As spotted by Computer World, the company updated it HUP frequently asked questions page to confirm: "Office Professional Plus 2019 and Office Home and Business 2019 are no longer available as Home Use Program offers".

The days of buying software once and having a perpetual license to use it are coming to an end as businesses including Microsoft have embraced a subscription model.

Now if an employee purchases a subscription through HUP, it will extend any existing Personal and Home plans they may already have.

Until now, that included the option to purchase a perpetual license for Office 2019, meaning paying once and using Office for as long as you like. Instead, they will be offered discounted version of Office 365, which is Microsoft's subscription-based version of the productivity suite that must be renewed on an annual basis. You can still purchase them, although even HUP participants will have to pay the full retail price like everyone else.

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