Microsoft is offering software pirates half-price Office subscriptions

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Microsoft is offering its cloud-based collaboration suite to pirates at a heavily discounted price. as reported by bleeding computerThe Redmond software giant is offering users of the pirated Office program 50% off on Microsoft 365.

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Pirates have reportedly seen a notification under the top menu in some Office programs that says “Get up to 50 percent off. For a limited time, save up to 50% on a genuine Microsoft 365 subscription.”

Clicking on the link redirects the user to the Microsoft 365 landing page, where they can get their legitimate subscription, but learn more about the dangers of using pirated software.

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In addition to risking malware exposure, pirates are also at risk of identity theft, as well as file corruption and data loss, Microsoft said, adding that pirates do not get access to critical updates.

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Any user who signs up will receive 50% off at checkout in the first year of an annual Microsoft 365 Family subscription ($99.99 per year). This is applicable for up to six users and 6TB of cloud storage. This discount is also available for Microsoft 365 Individual subscribers ($69.99 per year), an individual, and 1TB of storage.

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Some pirates who decide to pay for a subscription may still see the notification, claims the report. Microsoft says these users should uninstall Office completely, to remove all traces of the pirated version, before installing a clean, legitimate version.

This came shortly after news broke that Microsoft was changing the way it charges corporate customers for Microsoft 365. Although still not confirmed by the company, it looks like the plan is to increase the cost by 20% for users who pay month-to-month. Aadhaar, essentially binding them to an annual subscription.

In addition, users will no longer be able to save money by canceling the subscription. Even if they cancel the subscription, they will still be charged for the rest of the year.

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