“Subscriber additions peaked in the first quarter of 2015, at 3.2 million, followed by 3 million in the third quarter, providing a foundation for a record 11.4 million new subscribers during the year.
After Q4 2015, however, the trailing 12-month numbers fell, a decline fueled by the plateau of 0.9 million each quarter from the second onward. That resulted in a gain of just 4.3 million subscribers throughout 2016, a reduction of 62% from the year before.”
See New Office 365 subscriptions for consumers plunged 62% in 2016Let’s see. Employment up. Dollar strong. Subscriptions down? Have consumers figured out that they can live without M$’s stuff on their desktops? Perhaps. In 2016, most people found they didn’t even need a desktop legacy PC to survive on the Internet. No reason to have an office suite to send e-mail/twit/FB… Expect corresponding declines in the OS too. It’s all good. If people need a legacy PC they can run Debian GNU/Linux on it with LibreOffice. No need for serial extortion either.
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My MissionMy observations and opinions about IT are based on 40 years of use in science and technology and lately, in education. I like IT that is fast, cost-effective and reliable. My first use of GNU/Linux in 2001 was so remarkably better than what I had been using, I feel it is important work to share GNU/Linux with the world. Now that I'm retired I still use GNU/Linux on every computer in my home except the smartphones which run Android/Linux.
Lately, I've been giving lots of thought to the world I inherited and which I will leave to my descendants. I'm planting grass, trees, flowers and vegetables in my large lot and I've ordered a Solo EV. I plan to charge my Solo by means of a tracking solar array. Life is good if you have a purpose. I do.