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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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NOT per year
By Da W on 1/29/2013 10:13:01 PM , Rating: 3
Full licences of Office home and student at 139$, small buisness and professionnal up to 500$ are perpetual liscences, as they always were.
The ONLY new option is option to rent paying 99$ a year. It's not the stripped down version of office either, you got Outlook, access and Publisher. And this plan runs on 5 computers, which never was the case with office software (not including piracy). Do your homework kiddo.

RE: NOT per year
By amd656 on 1/30/2013 12:01:09 AM , Rating: 3
I bought Office 2003 back in 2004 which I don't remember the price but if you assume $139 which would come out to roughly $15/year or less $2/month. Which on my laptop, media shuttle computer, and android tablet. I have open office which costing me $0/year.

No matter what bells and whitepages you point to, it comes down to does product give the information to your internal/external customers in the manner you wanted.

I think it smart move by Microsoft to try and snarl people in college with a reasonable price, but in the end people look at what cost vs. value. That value is losing out to free open source options each day. Sure business will continue to buy it, but people rather use $8 for Amazon Prime video service or something else.

RE: NOT per year
By othercents on 1/30/2013 8:47:42 AM , Rating: 2
Don't forget you also get 20GB extra SkyDrive and 60 minutes per month of Skype world calling minutes per month. The nice part of the 365 is the free upgrades and ability to load the software on up to 5 devices. However the drawback is most people don't upgrade their Office packages that often, so you can save your self money by buying perpetual licensing.

There is also a Office 365 University for college or university students released with a $79.99 price tag for 4 years which seams to have the same functionality as the Office 365 Home Premium. This might be a better option than the perpetual licensed Home Student addition because of the skype calling and extra cloud storage. If the student looses or breaks their laptop they can still get to everything in the cloud.


RE: NOT per year
By theapparition on 1/30/2013 10:52:40 AM , Rating: 2
And Outlook, Powerpoint and Access are also included.

Yes, $100/year vs $399 for Office professional. So 4years is the break even point. Are you going to upgrade your Office Professional license more or less than every 4 years?

Not to mention the extras you mentioned like Skydrive and Skype, along with the ability to install on 5 different computers which is something I don't believe the perpetual license Office Professional lets you do.

Seems like quite the value proposition over the Home & Student version, if you need access to the additional programs that aren't available in Home & Student.

RE: NOT per year
By Da W on 1/30/2013 9:52:39 AM , Rating: 3
I was merely correcting a mistake made in the article, not implying that Microsoft prices its products competitively.
Now if you think a Lada and a Ferrari are the same thing, we have another problem... I cannot do serious work without excel and access. For that mather anything less than the latest powerpoint and publisher software will make me lose sales. For 8$ a month, the price of Netflix, i can afford it.

RE: NOT per year
By kmmatney on 1/30/2013 12:03:36 AM , Rating: 4
Yeah, there is no way it's $139 per year for the student edition. I paid $89 for Office Home and Student 2007, and that included licenses for 3 PCs 9as stated right on the box), and is not time limited. So this is still not a very good deal.

RE: NOT per year
By Samus on 1/30/2013 10:40:02 PM , Rating: 2
I paid $89 for Office Home and Student 2007, and that included licenses for 3 PCs

If you would RTFA, you'd see for $79, you get Office Student edition for 4 years and it can be installed on five computers.

So how is your $89 for now two-generation-old, license-restricted software a good deal?

RE: NOT per year
By AnnihilatorX on 1/31/2013 6:33:26 PM , Rating: 2
Samus if you read the op's reply, he didn't specify when he bought the 2007 version. Maybe he bought it in 2007.

Even so, I don't understand why you told him to RTFA, the OP was only asserting that it's no way 365 is $139 a year, and that's factually correct.

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.

um... what?
By talikarni on 1/30/2013 6:26:11 PM , Rating: 2
I don't blame them for wanting to create a system like this, but most businesses and companies with their internal email systems already have several Terabytes worth of storage. I foresee this Office 365 being a massive flop unless they greatly increase the storage amount.

I go through 20GB worth of email alone per 2 months with my work... plus another 50GB+ per year in scheduling and other office documents.

No way I would pay anything for online storage like that when I can have my own local storage by getting a 2TB hard drive for around $100 and keep it for as long as I want.

and really Open Office and Libre Office have almost all the same features minus email, but Thunderbird is great for that and much more expansive than MSOffice Outlook email...

RE: um... what?
By ShieTar on 1/31/2013 7:37:15 AM , Rating: 2
Everything strongly depends on what you are trying to do.

In my line of business, building satellites with international teams of 1000+ people involved, there is no need for hughe eMail-Space. 6 years on my current project have only generated about 3GB of overall eMail data, about 5k mails. The real volume of data is shared through a configuration controled database, because we do not want to loose to much information whenever somebody in the overall team quits, retires or dies.

On the other hand, we would never put our confidential information on a cloud, so I am sure this is aiming more at home and small business users. If you operate a 5-people-shop selling fake moustaches online, 20GB of eMail should last you a few years.

As far as Open Office goes, that again depends on what you need to do. In my personal experience as a scientist and now engineer, Write can do everything I need to do about as good as Word. Impress is actually a little better than PowerPoint due to its capability to handle TeX-Style formula editing. Calc on the other hand fails rather horribly as an Excel-Replacement once you need advanced features like matrix manipulations or computational macros. Also some things which are not available in either tool, like good interpolation of data, is more easily found as a user-created extension for excel than for calc.

And Thunderbird is not a full replacement for Outlook with all its calender-related functionality without a significant amount of extensions. So I think you can make Thunderbird do everything that Outlook does at any given moment, but you are not guaranteed to still have a fully functional system after the next Thunderbird update comes in; some extensions may stop working correctly. Most companies with more than a dozen people will not risk that, since the cost of an MS Office license is equivalent to the cost of only two or three hours of lost work for most tech-jobs.

RE: um... what?
By Da W on 1/31/2013 9:40:14 AM , Rating: 2
This is perfect for small buisness in my view. I can work on my big fat 3-screens desktop at home and when i leave to meet customers i have access to everything on my surface or even phone.
There's a market for it. But i agree, Microsoft is no longer the only name in town.

RE: um... what?
By Wererat on 1/31/2013 12:41:42 PM , Rating: 2
Any company with a bunch of stuff to store had better have a better system than "everyone just save to their local disk."

Shared server raw storage is a very rudimentary step.

MS offers Sharepoint for version and access control, collaboration, workflow processes, and publication. They don't intend businesses will use 20Gb to store their whole company's data. 20Gb is good enough for "those files I need to have with me on my desk, laptop, tablet and/or phone at a moment's notice."

1970s General Motors
By christojojo on 1/30/2013 7:47:39 PM , Rating: 2
Does anyone else feel the same about Microsoft? Like they have some great years ahead of them but mostly disappointing designed and over priced products for the quality? Is is just my mood or is it what others are thinking too?

RE: 1970s General Motors
By Ammohunt on 1/31/2013 1:46:53 PM , Rating: 1
I always felt Microsoft was the hit and miss type Innovator after their giant Operating System ans Office success. You do have to respect them for at least making an attempt to compete is markets dominated by one or more companies. Zune was failboat but Xbox360 and later the Kinect was a slow to rise bitchslap to the console markets. I would never make the mistake of counting them out or any market they want to jump into.

By borismkv on 1/30/2013 11:40:00 PM , Rating: 2
This is some pretty shoddy journalism. Office 365 has been available for over a year already 0. It wasn't releases today. Office 365 is the full cloud service from MS. What was released is a home user subscription for just the online perpetual activation version of the Office suite. That's called Office 365 Home Premium. This has been available for businesses making use of various Office 365 plans for some time, and the primary difference with this is that itdoesn't require an Office 365 business license to obtain, which costs more.

By HermioneSmithe2 on 1/31/2013 10:17:14 PM , Rating: 2
before I saw the draft 4 $5579, I have faith that my neighbours mother woz like they say actualy making money part time on-line.. there sisters roommate started doing this 4 less than ten months and resently repaid the dept on there condo and purchased a great McLaren F1. I went here, Great60.comCHECK IT OUT

By Belard on 2/1/2013 1:38:43 AM , Rating: 2
Besides the fact that office 2013 is an uglified-metro of Office 2010, it offer little actual advantages.

Worst... the price has gone up WAY high.

$140 : Office 2010 Home and Student for 3 PCs.
$140 : Office 2013 Home and Student for 1 PC?! WTF?!

$220 : Office 2010 Home & Business for 2 PCs. (single user)
$220 : Office 2013 Home & Business for 1 PC.

Did I forget to say how blinding white it is? That should be good for notebook and tablet batteries! (not). What brain-dead moron came up with this crap? Microsoft.

Anyone check out the Microsoft sight lately? Again, designed by idiots and someone trying to copy Apple. I was trying to FIND something for Office 2013... and everything in you face is about Office 365. O2013 is at the bottom, generic little links. If you click on the PRODUCTS button... it takes you to O365 and only 365!

Want to get back to home page... nothing on the top of the page. YOu'll have to hunt for it at the bottom.

I'm one of those who still use Office 2003 because it does everything I need. I'll pick up an Office 2010 while I can, because anything else in the future is going to nothing but more crap.

So far, in the past 3 months, MS has FAILED with the Desktop OS, Surface (only sold half of what they built - with many returns because people can't figure out how to use them), Phone sales are decent... compared to 7.x, but a joke compared to Samsung or iPhone. I'd say that Blackberry has a great chance to command the #3 spot.

And now... MS has made the ugliest and rip-off version of Office to date since 2000.

Seriously, I think they did this on purpose so they can do "better next time".

No thank you.
By Scannall on 2/1/2013 10:48:26 AM , Rating: 2
While I am sure there are a few people in the world that needs all the bloat included in Office, most people don't.

For the average home user it really is a bad deal.

I use Scrivener for my writing. It's probably not for everyone either, but it meets my needs very well and is $40.

By GloriaHiggs22 on 2/2/2013 6:32:23 PM , Rating: 2
just before I looked at the draft which had said $7795, I didnt believe that my sister woz like they say truly making money part time on their laptop.. there uncles cousin started doing this for only and resently cleared the debts on their condo and bourt a new Acura. go to, Great60.comCHECK IT OUT

to ShieTar
By tharik on 2/3/2013 11:42:01 PM , Rating: 2
You seem pretty knowledgeable about software. What is your opion about gnumeric and it's linear interpolation function? I have heard that gnumeric is a very good replacement for Excel and it has more built in functions.

I still use Office 2003
By johnsmith9875 on 2/5/2013 3:59:31 PM , Rating: 2
And have no desire to upgrade. Seriously how much technology do you need to create and print a greeting card?

By KateHiggs22 on 2/1/2013 2:56:50 PM , Rating: 1
If you think Jeffrey`s story is astonishing..., a month-ago mother in-law basically got $7880 working a thirteen hour week an their house and their friend's mother-in-law`s neighbour was doing this for eight months and easily made more than $7880 parttime on their pc. apply the guide at this address.. Great60.comCHECK IT OUT

By HelenaSmithe22 on 1/30/13, Rating: -1
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