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Subscription pricing for home users and businesses unveiled

Microsoft has announced the official pricing for Office 365 subscriptions. Microsoft says that subscriptions will provide users with a host of possibilities and will allow offices and families to get Office on multiple devices for one price. A single subscription allows users to legally use Office across a wide variety of devices, including PCs, tablets, and Macs. 
Documents created using the Office 365 subscription offering can be access from the cloud, and users can personalize their Office experience. Microsoft says that it will update Office more frequently to support new use scenarios and subscribers. The subscription service will always have the latest updates.  
Office 365 Home Premium covers an entire household and allows Office applications be used simultaneously on multiple devices in the home. Each user gets their own individual Microsoft account with their own settings and access to their own documents. A single subscription offers access to all Office applications, including word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Publisher, and OneNote.
The Home Premium version allows subscribers to use Office on five machines at one time shared among all the users in the home. The five devices that can access Office 365 Home Premium can be changed at any time. The subscription gives users a 20 GB SkyDrive account and 60 minutes of Skype World Calling each month. Office 365 Home Premium will be available in retail stores and online stores for $99.99 billed annually. A free 30-day trial will be offered.

Office 365 Small Business Premium is aimed at businesses with between one and 10 employees. The service offers access to all Office applications in the home service, plus access to Lync. The service allows Office to be used on five computers or Macs for each single user. Subscribers also get a 25 GB Outlook mailbox for sharing calendars, contacts, scheduling, and task lists and 10 GB of professional-grade cloud storage for the organization along with 500 MB for each user.
The business service allows users to hold online meetings with their own video cameras and offers the ability to set up a public website with no hosting fees. Office 365 Small Business Premium will be available for $149.99 billed annually. 

For customers that prefer the "traditional" Office experience, standalone versions of the Office 2013 will be available. Office Home and Student 2013 will be available for $139.99 and includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Office 2013 Home & Business is priced at $219.99 and Office 2013 Professional will retail for $399.99.

Microsoft office 2013 hit the consumer preview stage in July.

Sources: Microsoft, Office 2013/365 Price List [DOC]

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Lack of Market Understanding
By Flunk on 9/18/2012 9:05:53 AM , Rating: 2
$139.99 for Office Home and Student 2013 is too much, it will just encourage piracy. You can get a workable laptop for $300, people are not going to spend $139.99 on software for it.

RE: Lack of Market Understanding
By kleinma on 9/18/2012 9:19:53 AM , Rating: 3
workable laptop and $300 do not go hand in hand.

Considering 300 is pretty much the base entry point to laptops, you know its going to be crap out of the box.

You need to also remember that $139.99 is the MSRP, often times you will find it on sale or just sell for a bit cheaper from sites like buy or newegg.

Also H&S retail version for whatever it costs will install on 3 machines. So you can get 3 super crappy 300 dollar laptops, but at least you can install office on all of them for one price.

RE: Lack of Market Understanding
By mcnabney on 9/18/12, Rating: 0
RE: Lack of Market Understanding
By Egglick on 9/18/2012 10:31:56 AM , Rating: 3
There's no monopoly. For users who create office documents only "a couple times a year" or "buy $300 laptops", they can download OpenOffice for free. It's fully functional and works great for such light usage. It can also save and open all the Microsoft .doc/docx formats.

The only reason I wouldn't use it in a workplace is because all the dumdums have a panic attack if they have to spend 30 seconds learning a slightly different method for doing something.

By HoosierEngineer5 on 9/18/2012 11:21:33 AM , Rating: 2
I picked up and learned OpenOffice much more quickly than (still learning) Microsoft Office.

Clearly the better value for me!

RE: Lack of Market Understanding
By RjBass on 9/18/2012 5:06:41 PM , Rating: 3
Considering OpenOffice is dead, and the creators and community have moved on to LibreOffice, I guess your argument is sorta wrong.

RE: Lack of Market Understanding
By Spuke on 9/18/2012 12:12:00 PM , Rating: 3
I was hoping they'd have a single user version (of 365) for less money. I only need it for me (wife needs the full office suite) and I'd like remove the copy on my computer. OpenOffice and LibreOffice don't work for me. I still need to be 100% compatible for work stuff.

RE: Lack of Market Understanding
By GotThumbs on 9/18/2012 12:20:37 PM , Rating: 2
"Charging $99 a year is just exploitation."

You want to talk exploitation... How about that fact that no one can purchase/load content on any of their Apple IProducts without using Apple's proprietary software ITunes.

How about Apples Itunes match service costs users 25.00 yr to access their OWN music from the ICloud. Oh and don't forget that you didn't buy that music through Itunes....your leasing it. Hows that for extortion.

How about that fact that Apple charges its users $20 Yr over 5 gigs of storage, $40 yr over 25gigs, and 100 yr for over 55 gigs of online storage.

Don't be so blind/naive.

Here are some direct quotes from Apples itunes service agreement:

"The iTunes Service is available to you only in the United States, its territories, and possessions. You agree not to use or attempt to use the iTunes Service from outside these locations. Apple may use technologies to verify your compliance."

"Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, Apple and its licensors reserve the right to change, suspend, remove, or disable access to any iTunes Products, content, or other materials comprising a part of the iTunes Service at any time without notice. In no event will Apple be liable for making these changes. Apple may also impose limits on the use of or access to certain features or portions of the iTunes Service, in any case and without notice or liability."

"Apple reserves the right to modify, suspend, or discontinue the iTunes Service (or any part or content thereof) at any time with or without notice to you, and Apple will not be liable to you or to any third party should it exercise such rights."

"All copyrights in and to the iTunes Service (including the compilation of content, postings, links to other Internet resources, and descriptions of those resources) and related software are owned by Apple and/or its licensors, who reserve all their rights in law and equity. "

If your not a good follower...Apple can wipe your whole itunes catalog and you would have zero rights to it.

Best Wishes :->

RE: Lack of Market Understanding
By kmmatney on 9/18/2012 12:58:48 PM , Rating: 2
"You want to talk exploitation... How about that fact that no one can purchase/load content on any of their Apple IProducts without using Apple's proprietary software ITunes."

You need an iTunes account to purchase Apps (just like you need a Google account for Android), but otherwise you do not need to use iTunes to purchase or download Apps. You don't need to use iTunes to transfer music if you use the cloud service and buy music from iTunes. For transferring large amount of music (I have 16 GB) iTunes is great - and again you only have to use it once.

By TakinYourPoints on 9/18/2012 3:42:53 PM , Rating: 2
You don't need iTunes to get apps. You don't even need it for music. You can buy and download applications straight from your device, and for loading music you can use alternate applications like MediaMonkey.

Regarding the $25 iTunes Match subscription, you left out the part where Apple will not only match iTunes purchases, but they'll also match everything else you've downloaded, even if it was pirated. The storage limit for non-iTunes music isn't based on file size, it is based on the number of tracks. 25,000 to be exact.

If you don't want to use iTunes Match you can still download your purchased music from any device as many times as you like.

Also regarding music, iTunes was the first to remove DRM from their store. I wouldn't worry about permanently losing it.

Finally, that language in the EULA is common. You think that's bad, go read up Steam's EULA. It reads as even more restrictive, but that doesn't make it a bad service in actual practice.

RE: Lack of Market Understanding
By Samus on 9/18/2012 8:07:41 PM , Rating: 2
It should be $39.99 a year (like Live Gold) not $100. Nobody is going to pay $100 for a product they will likely use for 3-5 years when they can get a permanent, RESELLABLE copy for just a little more.

RE: Lack of Market Understanding
By Motoman on 9/18/2012 10:16:43 AM , Rating: 2
workable laptop and $300 do not go hand in hand.

Yes they do. Probably more than 90% of all computer users in this world would have no problem at all living with a $300 laptop.

RE: Lack of Market Understanding
By Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer on 9/18/2012 11:50:42 AM , Rating: 1
Probably more than 90% of all computer users in this world would have no problem at all living with a $300 laptop.

This. It's not that their computing experience couldn't be improved by shelling out more money, it's that they just don't care enough about it (or can't justify the expense) to do so. Just 'cause us geeks prioritize stuff like that doesn't mean everyone does.
Office 365 Home Premium will be available in retail stores and online stores for $99.99 billed annually. A free 30-day trial will be offered.

This is straight-up highway robbery, plain and simple. As a comparison, I bought two copies of 2010 Home and Student for $230 total. That gives me six simultaneous installs good for basically forever. Three years of licensing Office 365 and you've already been cheated out of $70, and it just gets $100 worse every year thereafter (and that's setting aside the fact that 365 only gives you five installs, not six).

By aGreenAgent on 9/18/2012 3:12:56 PM , Rating: 2
Or...if you would upgrade to the next version of office two years later (they come out every two years I think), you would be up $160 at that point - since you'd get the latest version for free. If you needed 5 copies you'd be up even more.

RE: Lack of Market Understanding
By jRaskell on 9/18/2012 2:56:37 PM , Rating: 2
Probably more than 90% of all computer users in this world would have no problem at all living with a $300 laptop.

The would if they were using Microsoft Office Applications. Office has never been known for working well on low end systems. I've had to use it on low end desktops at work, and it sucked. I wouldn't even think of using it on a low end laptop.

RE: Lack of Market Understanding
By TakinYourPoints on 9/18/2012 3:31:02 PM , Rating: 2
It doesn't change the fact that $300 laptops are trash. Hell, a $700 laptop can pretty much be guaranteed to be trash as well.

RE: Lack of Market Understanding
By sigmatau on 9/18/2012 6:21:04 PM , Rating: 2
How about a 5-6 year old $300 laptop that someone wants to upgrade to the new version of Windows that is out?

I help friends and family with their computer issues, but not if they own a $300 computer. Sorry grandma, but no. I don't have 4 hours to load Windows on your computer and another 4 hours to load the updates and any other driver/security software.

I actualy took a look at these $300 laptops that people can barely afford yet buy. I tried playing a movie (standard definition) and with only that running the task manager quoted me near 100% CPU usage.

Ya, no thanks, people can keep that junk to themselves. These are disposable laptops. Once it breaks in a year or so, you might as well throw it away.

RE: Lack of Market Understanding
By Flunk on 9/18/2012 10:46:01 AM , Rating: 3
You'd be surprised what you can get for $300 if you shop around. I saw a Thinkpad Edge E420 (yes, last gen but in this range who cares) with an i5 and 4GB of RAM for around $300 yesterday.

RE: Lack of Market Understanding
By sigmatau on 9/18/2012 6:29:17 PM , Rating: 2
Ya, you can be surprised I guess once in a while. All I do is look at the processor when someone asks for help and if it says Celeron I have to hold back from smacking them.

There should be minimum requirements for Windows. These need to be at least reasonble. If I was Microsoft, I would not allow Intel to sell Celeron processors to be used in Windows laptops. I would not certify Windows to work with them and have an unremovable background image (in Windows) stating that they bought an uncompatible computer.

100% CPU usage to play a video is just beyond pathetic on a Celeron.

I hope all computer makers are forced to use a minimum of an i5 in their $300 crapware.

RE: Lack of Market Understanding
By NellyFromMA on 9/18/2012 11:48:17 AM , Rating: 2
Ya, they should totally just charge less than it costs to actually develop or better yet, just give it away for free. Then NO ONE would pirate it. Problem solved, right?

RE: Lack of Market Understanding
By augiem on 9/18/2012 1:32:30 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. You cannot stop this entitlement mentality, especially when it comes to digital stuff. It's absolutely pervasive. <1% even try to see beyond the ends of their noses.

RE: Lack of Market Understanding
By kmmatney on 9/18/2012 12:50:22 PM , Rating: 2
I also have a hard time seeing this take off for home use. I bought a copy of Office 2007 4 years ago for $80, with 3 licenses. The only major thing missing is Outlook, but I tend to just use my phone, iPad or a web browser for my personal email account(s), and only use Outlook for work.

I think the business part might make more sense, especially with the amount of email storage. I work for a small company, and it does take time maintaining our own email server, certificates, etc.., and we have people running 3 different versions of Office. So this looks lkike a good idea for us as a small business (< 15 people).

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