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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 Trisped on 2/19/2013 1:15:10 PM , Rating: 3
It costs money to port software from one operating system to another. Considering the greatly reduced market size of Office on Mac, it makes sense to charge more for the Mac version.

Should the PC users have to pay more just so Apple users are not left out of the party? I don't think so.

By ven1ger on 2/19/2013 5:38:09 PM , Rating: 2
That's assuming that you're paying extra for porting something new. says Office for Mac 2011, considering the cost has gone up now after 2 years, doesn't seem to hold water that it to pay for the costs of porting the software.

MS wants to move to a subscriber based payment system much like the Office 365. This way they have continuous payment from users to use their software and then to make more profit later, they'll steadily bump up their subscriber fees every couple of years. Many offices are still using 2003 and that's 10 years ago, they get no $$$ from those until they find they have to upgrade to 2007 or 2010. Then maybe it's another 10 years to get additional $$$ from those that don't upgrade with each iteration. With a subscription formula, they get money each year from everyone that buys into it, $$$$$$$...

By Trisped on 2/21/2013 2:24:07 PM , Rating: 2
My statements were in reference to the comment from SAN-Man
Most of you probably don't remember Microsoft started out writing productivity software for Apple way back when. It's always been expensive.
I am indicating that there is at least one reason the Apple version always costs more then for the Windows version.

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

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