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Microsoft adds about $20 to single license Office for Mac software

When it comes to pricing and licensing of Office software these days, Microsoft certainly isn’t making any new friends. If you are a Mac user that relies on Office software for business or school, you will be paying more for the next upgrade you purchase.
Microsoft has raised the price of Office for the Mac by as much as 17% and has stopped selling multi-license bundles for the productivity suite. The price change puts Office for Mac 2011 on the same pricing schedule as Office 2013 for Windows, despite the fact that it is much older software.

Microsoft hopes that the move will push Mac users to adopt its subscription Office 365 offering.

Under the new pricing schedule, a single-license of Office for Mac Home & Student has jumped from $120 to $140, while Office for Mac Home & Business has been bumped from $200 to $220. Microsoft previously offered Mac users a Home & Student bundle with three licenses for $150 and a Home & Business two-license bundle for $250, which have now been discontinued.

If you need multiple licenses, the new pricing means a significantly larger expense than in previous years. By contrast, Office 365 Home Premium will cost about $100 per year or $10 per month for a single household license covering up to five computers. Office 365 Small Business Premium costs $150 per year per user and allows that one user to install the application on up to five devices that they own.

It's worth noting that if you want a new version of Office for Mac computers, some retailers are still offering the software at the previous prices. However, both Microsoft and Apple are now charging the higher prices.

Source: Computerworld

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By mmntech on 2/19/2013 10:52:55 AM , Rating: 1
People still use Microsoft Office? Been using OpenOffice or its derivatives for a decade now. Probably used it to write over 100 papers over the course of university and technical college. You quickly learn that any advantages MS Office has over it don't apply to 90% of users.

RE: LibreOffice
By luv2liv on 2/19/2013 12:11:05 PM , Rating: 2
im still using MS Office 1997! works great.

RE: LibreOffice
By xti on 2/20/2013 8:31:54 AM , Rating: 3
yeah thats not gonna fly if you hit the corporate world. you are the minority.

RE: LibreOffice
By ritualm on 2/20/2013 6:25:26 PM , Rating: 2
People still use Microsoft Office?

Compatibility with over 90% of the business world's office software needs without additional plugins like you would with ALL other office suites.

Go ahead and mention to the IT department of your company that they should use OpenOffice / LibreOffice / what have you instead of Microsoft Office. At best, you'll get laughed at. At worst? You're fired.

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