Will office 2016 cost $200? If so, I won't buy it. Besides, I still prefer the old office where all of the most common actions aren't hidden behind a complicated series of vague tabs and abstract icons.
I reconcile "installed free" and being unsure about subscription cost by remembering that Microsoft recently started allowing mobile users basic editing functionality for free (with a subscription to unlock all features).
Went from 2003 to 2010 and happy with it. No reason to update unless they make it something like the 2003 to 2007 incompatibility problem with the x at the end of the file type. Maybe they would put something like .docxl Otherwise it will rune office docs from future Office no problem.
"The best MS Office was Office 2003. After that...RIP Office. Sorry MS. "
Nope nope nope. My job is pretty much 100% Excel and Outlook based. I use Office 2010 and it's vastly, vastly better than 2003. I could probably tolerate Outlook 2003 if I had to, but it would be basically impossible for me to move back to Excel 2003 with the huge number of features I'd be missing.
I am still using Office 2007 Ultimate I bought from MS Ultimate Steal (student discount). It is more than enough for me as I don't have the need to make complicated office documents. I also use Google Doc if I am on the run. And I stopped using Outlook 2007 after I got my Android phone (gmail) because it is annoying to keep syncing between my google contacts/calendar/keep(notes) to Outlooks. I really don't see the need to keep my Office suite up to date.