Piracy is as popular as it is detested by software companies. Microsoft is one of them and it has time and again launched various campaigns to urge people not to use pirated software. The latest one is a 50 per cent discount on genuine Office software that Microsoft will entitle users of Microsoft 365’s pirated versions to. This promotional offer is applicable to both Microsoft 365 Personal and Microsoft 365 Family subscriptions.
According to the promotional offer spotted by Ghacks (via Bleeping Computer), the users of non-genuine software are now seeing a banner on top. The banner reads: “GET UP TO 50% OFF. For a limited time, save up to 50% on a genuine Microsoft 365 subscription.” Clicking on the banner leads them to the Microsoft 365 landing page where users will not only see a warning against using pirated software but they will be able to buy the genuine versions at 50 per cent discount.
If pirated users decide to go ahead with the purchase, they will see the cost of Microsoft 365 dropped to around $35 per year for ‘Personal’ users and around $50 annually for ‘Family’ subscribers. The regular prices are $69.99 per year and $99.99 annually, respectively, in the US. Since we could not independently verify the offer, we are not sure if Indian users of non-genuine Microsoft 365 software, such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, are eligible, too. In India, the Microsoft 365 Personal subscription costs Rs 4,899 per year and Rs 6,199 per year for ‘Family’ subscriptions.
Pirated software, while being nearly free, can be dangerous to your PC because it comes from unknown sources. As a matter of fact, the software may also steal your personal information should attackers decide to use the nefarious elements in the software. There are chances of file corruption and loss of data, as well. Microsoft, hence, is urging users of pirated software to purchase the genuine versions to ensure the safety of their PCs and data.
The 50 per cent discount, however, may still not be as lucrative as getting pirated software for free, but since the risks involved in using non-genuine Microsoft 365 software outweigh the benefits, some users may make up their mind to make the switch. And whatever new users Microsoft could get with this discount, the company is aiming to increase paying customers of its Office software and the number of active Cloud users.