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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 Shadowself on 2/19/2013 1:28:55 PM , Rating: 1
Buying a Mac instead of a PC is a poor choice...always has been. People who do silly things don't have a right to be treated as if they aren't doing silly things.
So in 1985 when Absoft's FORTRAN was the only development program that had the ability to watch variable change in real-time in a GUI and it ran ONLY on the Mac, buying a Mac to support it so that the programmer saved huge (and I do mean huge) amounts of time writing and debugging code made the Mac a poor choice? (I used the Mac to generate the code before porting it over to an IBM 3090-600VF to run the nuclear codes I was using.) Saving money using the only viable option was a poor choice? Sure, the Windows (and even UNIX) environments overtook it (even Cray going to UNICOS over COS), but for a while it clearly was a good option.

When the Mac 840 came out with an integral DSP and was a decent compute engine for doing signal processing as a function of certain kinds of scintillation backgrounds and was significantly less expensive than buying time on the big machines, it was a poor choice? Sure, in a couple years after that floating point processors integral to the CPU (forgetting Intel's floating point fiasco for the moment) superseded this implementation, but for a while it was the best for those who needed it.

The MacBook Air, when it first came out, was a one of a kind tool for those that needed such a thing -- and it could run any major OS to your liking. For those that needed its form factor and capabilities, it was a poor choice? Sure, other "ultrabooks" have come out that far surpass the Macbook Air's feature set, but for a while it was a very viable option. For those, like a 70+ year old communications expert I know, who needed a light laptop but couldn't work with a netbook's screen, it was a poor choice?

The iPad "3" was a leap ahead in some ways. For those that needed it, it was a poor choice? Sure, there are tablets that are moving to surpass Apple's offering and it is likely that Apple's tablets will be pretty much run of the mill by the end of this year. But when the iPad "3" came out it was a poor choice for that niche that needed that resolution and speed in a tablet right then?

There really are many cases where Apple came out with items that were -- for a short while -- expensive, but a good value for those that needed them.

Your absolute bias blinds you to the fact that there are exceptions to your "poor choice" rule.

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