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The business versions of the new Office will launch February 27

Microsoft released Office 365 today as a subscription, cloud-based service that costs only a little over $8 per month.

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.

“Today’s launch of Office 365 Home Premium marks the next big step in Microsoft’s transformation to a devices and services business,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. “This is so much more than just another release of Office. This is Office reinvented as a consumer cloud service with all the full-featured Office applications people know and love, together with impressive new cloud and social benefits.”

Microsoft also launched a few other versions of Office today, including Office 365 University, which is $79.99 for four years and up to two PCs or Macs, and offers all the same features as Office 365 Home Premium; Office Home and Student 2013, which is $139.99 for one PC and offers Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote without any Office 365 extras; Office Home and Business 2013, which is $219.99 for one PC and offers the same features as Office Home and Student 2013 (but includes Outlook), and Office Professional 2013, which is $399.99 for one PC that offers the same features as Office Home and Business 2013 but with Access and Publisher.

The business versions of the new Office will launch February 27.

Source: Microsoft

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By laok on 1/29/2013 9:44:56 PM , Rating: 2
The current price is about $140 for 3 pcs and perpetual license for Office home and student 2010.

This is just too expensive.

By ritualm on 1/29/2013 11:40:45 PM , Rating: 2
Not really, when you consider that there aren't any true replacements of the MS Office suite out there.

Office 365 is great if you have more than 1-2 systems that need to run it, otherwise just buy the full single-user license and not be bothered with annual reminders to renew your sub.

By maugrimtr on 1/30/2013 8:12:12 AM , Rating: 2
Many people can get by perfectly fine using LibreOffice.

By othercents on 1/30/2013 8:51:15 AM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't recommend it for college students, however home users the best option is open source.

By Flunk on 1/30/2013 9:34:47 AM , Rating: 2
That's a perpetual license, the ones that are rentals all have the word "365" in their name.

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