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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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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.

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