SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Microsoft is giving students a chance to try out its new Office 365 Suite free of charge for six months. This comes as the company is still dealing with a backlash over both Office 365 and Office 2013.

In terms of the way they operate, they’re pretty much the same. The main difference is with one you buy it, the other, you rent it. Office 2013 is a traditional for purchase product. Office 365 is a subscription model where you pay a monthly or annual fee. You can keep using it as long as you pay the fee, but once it expires and you don’t re-up, the software stops working.

The backlash comes from the licensing agreement with Office 2013, where they originally said you can only put the software on one computer. If you get a new computer, you’d have to get a new copy of the software. They have since reneged on that decision because so many people complained.

It may boil down to some poor decisions based on bad market research. The jury is still out on the notion of renting software.

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