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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 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.

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