Microsoft Enters Consumer Software as a Service Business

Microsoft Corp. has unveiled Microsoft Equipt, an all-in-one security and productivity software subscription service for consumers. The new offering is a move by Microsoft into the software as a service business.

Microsoft Equipt is $69.99 (U.S.) estimated retail price for a one-year renewable subscription. Each subscription will be good for three home PCs.

Microsoft Equipt will be sold in nearly 700 Circuit City stores in the U.S. starting mid-July 2008.

Microsoft Equipt includes Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007; Windows Live OneCare, the all-in-one security and PC management service; Windows Live tools, such as Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Photo Gallery and so they can connect and Office Live Workspace, a new service from Microsoft that makes it easy to save documents to a dedicated online Workspace and share them with friends and classmates.
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