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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 Brandon Hill on 2/19/2013 1:40:34 PM , Rating: 4
The bottom line is, attacking people for choosing one brand over another (regardless of the motives) seems like a pointless endeavor. Some people prefer store brand items at the grocery store, some choose the national branded items. Doesn't affect me, don't give a *&#^ :-)

What I don't understand is, why does it matter to you what someone else does with their money? Is it somehow infringing on your ability to get something accomplished?

That's why these arguments always boggle my mind. People just run around in circles attacking each other over what is essentially a freedom that we have in a well-populated consumer market: CHOICE!

By p05esto on 2/19/2013 3:19:30 PM , Rating: 3
It's not just a brand thing obviously. People who buy Apple products are hands down known to be tech newbs and really don't have a clue even though they sure think they are techy and know it all. There are better alternatives in every single way and always have been (from ipod to Mac). Only a fool would get stuck with an overpriced gadget that does less, is locked down, laden with DRM, tied to stupid software like iTunes, and on and on and on!

By dsumanik on 2/19/2013 8:11:26 PM , Rating: 2
In other news network traffic for Office 2011 torrents increased 30% over the weekend..

By ritualm on 2/19/2013 8:21:05 PM , Rating: 2
If I really need to use Office, I'd go out and buy Office 2013 retail. Meanwhile OpenOffice does what I need.

Either way, your torrent suggestion can drive over a cliff, courtesy of iOS 6 Maps.

By TakinYourPoints on 2/20/2013 4:25:03 AM , Rating: 2
People who buy Apple products are hands down known to be tech newbs and really don't have a clue even though they sure think they are techy and know it all.

All my friends at Google develop on Macs. Pretty much everyone I know in web application development works in OS X, same with the film industry I work in myself.

There is a lot to be said for a Unix based operating system with strong third party developer support. Great UI and applications on the front and and a UNIX command line on the back end. Hell, even JPL (those guys that recently landed a spacecraft on Mars) uses Macs as front-end terminals.

Yes, I know this is all anecdotal evidence, but I think its fair enough using that against sweeping generalizations.

By Motoman on 2/19/2013 4:48:31 PM , Rating: 2
Again, you're conflating this with other multiple-choice issues in which any given decision is equally valid. In the case of buying an Apple product, vs. a non-Apple product, when the internet is rife with information about how wildly overpriced, underfunctional, and of terrible quality they are, the choice to buy Apple is not equal.

It's like a "board of education" insisting on giving "equal time" in Science classes to teaching evolution and creationism. One is valid science - the other isn't.

Hence, it's upsetting to see people make a patently bad decision. Especially when they then turn around and start flaunting their newly-purchased self-identity. Because that's what people are really buying when they buy Apple products - cost, features, and quality are actually of no concern - they're buying their way into a herd. Thinking they've proven themselves sophisticated and interesting by having managed to use a credit card. They'll declare themselves "tech-savvy" and as proof show you their latest iThing purchase. When it's eminently clear that the only thing that's been accomplished is another new recruit into the cult.

By Pirks on 2/19/2013 5:31:06 PM , Rating: 2
A tiny minority of Apple users are like that. Most of them are common people that bought Macs or iPhones for various practical reasons - lack of malware, single app store to go to, best mobile browser, best mobile gaming, etc etc.

Apple just makes very high quality products overall, and charges extra for that quality. And quality means design, materials, American (not Indian) support people, software integration (no driver issues, things work out of the box, etc.), retail stores with genius bars, and many other pieces of a mosaic.

What's not to like? I'm an Android user and I still like a lot of what Apple does. They make lotsa stuff people love, so good luck to them and all. We all benefit from that, even you. Yes, YOU.

By sigmatau on 2/19/2013 7:33:43 PM , Rating: 2
Is it somehow infringing on your ability to get something accomplished?

Absolutely! You really have to ask this question?

Apple affects many people directly and indirectly (I'm talking only about those that do not buy Apple crap.)

1. Apple was able to restrict HTC phones and reduce functionality of other phones because they were able to use our broken patent system to lie and claim intellectual property that is not theirs.

2. Some phone makers have to remove functionality after you bought their phone! It's usualy not a major function and usualy is some eye candy, but have you ever heard of any other company throwing temper tantrums like Apple so that something as minor as a bounce back affect when reaching the end of a web pages is removed?

3. Cars. Most car makers have some stupid iphone/ipod connection that enables certain functionality that cannot be accessed without an iphone/ipod. Really? So basically, to satisfy the 10-20% with iphones, the other 80-90% have to suffer with an inferior stereo? Total BS! Aftermarket is the better way to go, but sometimes you don't want to go through the trouble.

4. eBooks. I probably should have started with this one. When was the last time a new entry into a developed/developing market gets to set and raise all prices including the prices of their competitors? This is beyond crazy to me. Anyone that defends this specifically is also crazy to me. Apple almost got away with raising all ebook prices by 30%. Even those of their competitors!

These are just a few off the top of my head. This is why I hate Apple. And as a former iphone 3GS owner and one that was forced to use the epic fail software called iTunes, I talk from experience too.

Choice? Where? Not if Apple is one of those choices. Once Apple is removed from the list of choices, we will have a real freedom to choose what we want.

"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

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