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It's the best-selling version yet

Microsoft announced that Office 365 is the company's best-selling version yet with over 1 million subscribers. 

According to John Case, corporate vice president of marketing for the Microsoft Office Division, Office 365 Home Premium achieved over 1 million subscribers in just over 100 days.  He also mentioned that more than one Office 365 sold every second (on average) since launch.

Office 365 Home Premium has fallen in line with many other popular applications with a total of 3.5 million subscribers in nearly 5 months. 

Office 365 is a subscription-based service that offers Office-based software. Office 365 Home Premium costs $99.99 per year and features Word, Excel, Outlook, Access and Publisher. It also comes with 20GB of cloud storage in SkyDrive and 60 minutes of worldwide calling through Skype per month.

This version works with up to five desktops, tablets and laptops, and will receive automatic updates since it's cloud-based. 

Source: Office News

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$100 a year
By Motoman on 5/29/2013 4:56:46 PM , Rating: 2
Wow. That's a lot of money.

I get that major corporations run on Exchange/Outlook et al. But for individual private users at home, where this product is targeted?

Get a copy of WordPerfect Office for like $15 off of (whatever) website.

Or even Lotus Symphony or Open Office.

The *vast* majority of users do so little with a word processor or spreadsheet that it boggles my mind that people plump up that kind of money for MS Office when, for the word processing bit, even Wordpad presents more functionality than they're going to use.

RE: $100 a year
By Belard on 5/29/2013 5:12:59 PM , Rating: 2

Open Office = $0.

I still use Office 2003, it was like $125. So over the course of 10 years = $12 per year. But yeah, it only runs on 2 computers... oh well.

RE: $100 a year
By Mitch101 on 5/29/2013 10:34:28 PM , Rating: 5
If you work in a company that has Microsoft Office you can get a copy for home for $9.95.
That's Windows or MAC versions.

RE: $100 a year
By Motoman on 5/30/2013 10:49:17 AM , Rating: 2
That is a great deal...assuming you don't ever leave that company (does your license become invalid? Would it stop working?) and that your company qualifies into that program.

Not all do. I don't know what the Ts & Cs are to participate, but I'm guessing that maybe only huge corporations with MS site licenses qualify into that.

RE: $100 a year
By BRB29 on 5/30/2013 11:17:11 AM , Rating: 2
They verify by your email address.
Mine has a or

When it's time to renew, they send an email to that account.

RE: $100 a year
By Motoman on 5/30/2013 12:29:39 PM , Rating: 2
Yes they do. But as noticed, not all companies are eligible for that program. Again, I'm guessing that only truly huge organizations with site licenses are. Like the federal government.

So what happens when your tour of duty is up and you leave the service for a career elsewhere, and your .mil account is no longer active? Do you have to plump up full retail price for the product, or does it just inactivate eventually, or what?

RE: $100 a year
By Nekrik on 5/30/2013 12:55:56 PM , Rating: 3
Nope, had this in a relatively small company with less than 100 employees.

Apps will also continue to run, get updates, etc... I have not seen them track and disable these licenses or the free/lowcost ones from educational outlets.

RE: $100 a year
By tayb on 5/29/2013 5:34:53 PM , Rating: 5
It's $100/year for 5 computers, 20GB Sky Drive, and 60 skype minutes per month. You also get cloud access and email that is all utilizing the Sky Drive. Not to mention that it includes much more than the standard office suite.

If you need 5 licenses it works out to $20 a user per year. Not a bad deal. Otherwise I still think it is too expensive.

Teachers or students can get a 4 year subscription for $80 for 2 computers. I think this should be the standard price.

RE: $100 a year
By Motoman on 5/29/2013 6:56:54 PM , Rating: 2
How many people actually need 5 licenses?

That's Microsoft trying to convince you that it's a good deal. They know as well as you do that you're going to have 1, maybe 2 machines to put that on. Telling you you can put it on 5 machines is fairly pointless for virtually everyone.

That aside, I'm a huge non-fan of subscription-based licensing. As people have noted, they've paid small amounts of money for office suites that have then lasted them many years. MS et al are trying to simply make us all into cash cows.

RE: $100 a year
By V-Money on 5/29/2013 8:00:21 PM , Rating: 2
Eric Cartman: [the boys are in the movie aisle] Dude, check it out! Time Cop on DVD. Three copies for eighteen bucks!

Kyle Broflovski: Why the hell would you want three copies of the same movie?

Eric Cartman: Because one copy is nine ninety-eight! But this way you save like twenty bucks!

Kyle Broflovski: You only need one copy, r-tard!

Eric Cartman: Okay, fine, dumbass, *YOU* go ahead and buy one copy for nine ninety-eight!

Kyle Broflovski: Okay, fine, I *will*! [grabs a copy]

Kyle Broflovski: Huh, wait a minute! I don't even want *ONE* copy of Time Cop! [puts it back]

Eric Cartman: Dude, you can't shop for crap.

RE: $100 a year
By HoosierEngineer5 on 5/30/2013 9:11:14 AM , Rating: 2
Microsoft needs to get with the 3rd millenium. I have multiple computers that might need to open an Office document, but only 1 at a time. They need to sell floating licenses for use on any number of computers in a home network environment.

RE: $100 a year
By Motoman on 5/30/2013 10:46:08 AM , Rating: 2
Virtually no one does concurrent licensing, for a number of reasons - one being that it essentially impossible to verify or track.

RE: $100 a year
By MZperX on 5/30/2013 12:01:00 PM , Rating: 1
I'm not saying whether it's a good or bad idea for Office, but FlexLM has been doing the floating license management thing for at least a decade now (that I know of, possibly longer) for other types of software...

At least they could offer it as a licensing option.

RE: $100 a year
By Motoman on 5/30/2013 12:31:03 PM , Rating: 2
Never heard of it. I've worked for decades in the software industry, and I've never heard of any such thing.

RE: $100 a year
By MZperX on 6/12/2013 8:59:04 AM , Rating: 2
Have you bothered to Google it? Ya know just because you haven't heard about them, it doesn't mean things don't exist...

This board does not let me post a URL but you only have to search for "flexlm" or "floating licensing".

RE: $100 a year
By kmmatney on 5/29/2013 5:43:50 PM , Rating: 2
I bought a 3-seat Office 2007 Home-and-Student edition for $79 a while back, and that was a good investment. I need 2 more seats at home, though. If you can use all 5 licenses, it's not that bad of a deal.

RE: $100 a year
By chmilz on 5/29/2013 6:03:53 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. That's why the *vast* majority of users haven't purchased it. A million isn't that many. But for those million, presumably it makes sense.

RE: $100 a year
By greenchinesepuck on 5/29/2013 7:04:38 PM , Rating: 1
That's a lot of money
Yeah sure, $100 for 5 licenses a year or $20 a license per year or $1.67 per month per license. Sure $1.67 is too much for you to pay every month per copy of Office 365 you use LOL what a poor loser

RE: $100 a year
By Shadowself on 5/29/2013 7:40:33 PM , Rating: 2
Several months back I bought a set of licenses for the current version of Office (excluding 365) for my and my wife' home PCs and laptops. It turned out to be about $20 a "seat". And I usually upgrade every other version (didn't do the prior version/step). So if I follow the pattern and get at least four years out of it that's $20 per license over four years or less than 42 cents per seat per month. Plus I can use that license until I upgrade to an OS version (Windows 10? 12?) that no longer supports it. So, in theory I could be looking at less than 10 cents per month per seat. Plus until I'm forced to upgrade it's no further cost to keep using it.

For the same setup for me (4 "seats") that's $25 a year per seat or $2.08 per seat per month for 365. Sounds a bit steep to me. Compound that with the fact that if I stop paying it stops working, and it's a no brainer for me not to do it.

Finally, there are several hundred million Office users out there. Microsoft has even claimed that there are as many as one billion copies of Office installed across the globe. Taken in that context, 3.5 months to reach between 0.1 and 0.5 percent penetration does not seem like that great an accomplishment.

RE: $100 a year
By Shadowself on 5/29/2013 7:46:22 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, read the graph wrong.

3.5 million in five months. So about 0.3 to 1+ percent penetration in five months.

Still not anything I'd brag about.

RE: $100 a year
By Motoman on 5/30/2013 10:45:05 AM , Rating: 3
And your moronic attitude is exactly what feeds the machine.

Over the course of 5 years you've paid $500 for Office 365.

If you'd used Lotus Symphony or any other OpenOffice variant, you've paid zero.

If you'd bought previous versions of Office, you'd paid probably somewhere between $50 and $150, and will never pay a cent more so long as you use that version.

If you'd bought a copy of WordPerfect OFfice, I've seen recent versions of that at various websites for anywhere from $12 to $75.

So no...balking at the $100/year subscription has nothing to do with being "poor." It has to do with whether or not you're a sucker begging to be parted from your cash.

RE: $100 a year
By BRB29 on 5/30/2013 11:19:44 AM , Rating: 1
It's pretty expensive over the years. I got office 2007 and 2010 for free so I'm not worried. I feel bad for the majority of people out there that had to pay these outrageous prices.

I'm trying my hardest to use google docs as often as I can. It needs more improvements but it's great for general and school use.

RE: $100 a year
By polishvendetta on 5/30/2013 12:26:33 PM , Rating: 4
1) Office is the coperate standard for document creation. Telling someone who works in the corperate world to use OpenOffice or Lotus is like telling a professional photographer to use one of those chincy 20$ digital cameras at WalMart.

2) I often take work home with me and worrying about when a coperation is going to upgrade making files obsolete or incompatible is not worth my time. Having an Office 365 account allows me to always have the most up to date product.

3) 20Gb of cloud storage

4) 60 mins of international calls

Sure it might not be right for your budget or usage, but thats like saying gamers are stupid for buying $2000 PC's when you can get an eMachine for $200

RE: $100 a year
By BRB29 on 5/30/2013 3:34:57 PM , Rating: 1
lol it's true, nothing replacing office in the professional workspace right now. I tried using google spreadsheets instead of Excel and it was utter failure.

I tried using word and it was not good enough. It also crashed often.

I tried using power point and it wasn't worth my time.

For school, the google apps was good enough for everything except my final projects. Post grad degrees wants more professionally papers and much more comprehensive.

If you don't work in a field that requires a complex Office Suite, then you can use the alternative.

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