The extras may be OK for some people. I don't use OneDrive a lot and have no need for Skype. And over $600 extra for those are certainly not worth it.
No, in your instance it is not worth it. That is my point, it is worth it if you want the other perks included.
At that point your dollars spent change whether it is worth it. I'm not going to quote the math, but the time period cost you refer to does become worth it
Okay, that does not make a lot of sense. This is why a subscription makes sense to some people.
I own Office 2010 Pro plus and can use it until 2020, so it is paid off.
I also run a media server, and store a lot of data. In the near future I will be able to sync my files from my server to my one drive.
One drives gives 15GB for free, then cost 3.99 us for 200GB storage, and 6.99 us for 1tb, with office 365.
I want the 1tb, my media collection is already huge. So 6.99 a month for the next 5 years is 419 us dollars.
If I bought the next version of office pro plus it would cost about the same, without a new Office upgrade.. so it is worth it.
I own Office 2010 Pro 64 Bit, I do not care to rent an application. I have no use for Skype and if Windows 10 in any way goes on a Subscription basis , I will go back to using Linux.
One thing over looked when saying $129 vs $800 over 8 years (or what ever it was, not going to bother looking) is that you are talking the Home & Student version vs. the Professional version. The original cost for Office 2007 Professional (according to Amazon) was $500. Office 2010 was the same price. Office Professional 2013 is $400. So, if you bought the Professional version of the newest version of office each time it came out, it would have cost you $1400 before tax, rather than $800 (whether or not you pay tax depends on location, I don't). As others have mentioned, you also get extra online storage space, and 60 Skype world minutes each month.
I don't understand why anybody would want to pay those high prices for Onedrive. I just bought a 2TB USB3 disk for $69. That is my Onedrive. Plus I have about a dozen other smaller external disks of up to 1TB for backup.
For those who have an employee connection to MS, software bought thru my employer, Office 7, 10 and 13, have been $20. I opt for a physical disc for another $10.
What it really comes down to is if you ever have times like that, when your working in groups or need to be able to access your files on computers other than your own, it is worth using. If you never have those situations come up, then yeah, you probably don't need OneDrive. The purchasing Office Home & Student vs. getting Office 365 is, again, a matter of if you need it or not. I use Publisher from time to time, have been trying to learn Access in my spare time, and prefer Outlook to other mail clients. But, some people would never use any of those programs, and only need Word, and on occasion PowerPoint and Excel. If you fit both those situations, then yeah, why the heck would you want to pay more money for stuff you don't need? That's just throwing money away. It all depends on what your individual needs are. There is no "right" option.