Since when did people have to pay to use Microsoft office?

I've obviously been living under a rock because when i went on my laptop to use Office to update my resumé, I was told that I had to sign in with a Microsoft account and that I could get a free trial to use Office or I could pay for it.?????? I've never in my life heard of people paying for office, Power... show more I've obviously been living under a rock because when i went on my laptop to use Office to update my resumé, I was told that I had to sign in with a Microsoft account and that I could get a free trial to use Office or I could pay for it.?????? I've never in my life heard of people paying for office, Power Point etc. I thought it was free since its pre-installed on computers and laptops and I've used laptops and computers all of my life.
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