37874201 story Can Microsoft Really Convince People To Subscribe To Software? 297 Posted by timothy on Saturday September 22, 2012 @12:33PM from the file-formats-are-what-matter dept. curtwoodward writes "For most consumers, monthly subscriptions are still something for magazines and cable TV. With Office 365, Microsoft is about to embark on a huge social experiment to see if they'll also pay that way for basic software. But in doing so, Microsoft has jacked up prices on its old fee structure to make subscriptions seem like a better deal. And that could really leave a bad impression with financially struggling consumers."