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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 1:39:31 PM , Rating: 2
And it would seem as though you're making the mistake of being 100% closed minded.

Anyone with a bit of history with computing can come up with a long list of things that are wrong with the Windows/PC implementations.

Similarly, anyone can come up with such a list for the Mac.

This does not mean that the DOS/Windows "PC" is the single best choice in all possible cases for all possible users. It does not mean that the Mac is a bad choice for in all possible cases for all possible users. To say that the "PC" is always, without exception, the best choice is just rabid anti Apple fanboism.

I've used more computing platforms over the past 47+ years than you know (or likely have even heard of). But I try to use what is best at the time. I have used Macs over the years -- when it makes sense. Doing otherwise hurts my work. I use a PC as my main machine today -- with dedicated, custom hardware when it makes sense. Being as blind as you are to the options of what could be best (even if it's a Mac), is just plain stupid.

By Motoman on 2/19/2013 5:09:49 PM , Rating: 3
Not likely. I took my first programming courses in 5th grade on the Apple II, working through all of the high school-level material in one semester. In high school we were still all on the Apple IIs, and had one PC clone in the lab. By which time I'd been programming on my C64 at home as well. In college I also had an Amiga, and learned programming languages on a variety of platforms including DOS and OS/2, and my first job was doing COBOL and other programming on the mainframe. So...maybe you've done more stuff on more platforms than I have, but it's relatively unlikely.

Apple had a chance to sew up the market back in the era when the Apple II was the thing to have. But they ceded the business market to IBM, and after that they were permanently a niche product, never to regain any hope of competing for real marketshare.

If anything, I was predisposed to be a lifelong Apple fan, granted how much time I spent on the Apple II/IIe during my "formative" years. But it quickly became obvious that the war was over barely after it had begun...IBM won. Mostly because Apple didn't really fight.

By tng on 2/19/2013 5:51:43 PM , Rating: 2
Wow... the memories your post brings back about being a nerd in high school.

I started on a Comodore PET and yes I had a C64, did college level stuff in COBOL and FORTRAN, even some assembler code for 8086 stuff.

Yeah, I was just lucky that I ever got laid!

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