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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 ritualm on 2/19/2013 8:03:15 PM , Rating: 0
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!

Funny, because you really don't have a clue what the hell you're talking about.

DRM? Kindly tell me how Ultraviolet is better than the piratebay?

Stupid software? Windows 8. And you guys are stuck with it, suckers.

Locked down? You haven't seen lockdown until you try formatting a memory card that was previously used in WP7.

Overpriced gadget? Gaming laptops. Grossly overpriced, awful aesthetics, disappointing performance... a desktop can do all that for less money! Most laptops still ship with a TN 768p screen, that's $200 too overpriced right there.

Better alternatives... you mean "cheaper"? Sure, you can buy a Volt for many times cheaper than a full-blown Tesla S, but better? How laughable. The Model S is a steal at $100K+ for ~265 miles; the Volt isn't worth $25K even if its range gets doubled.

I chose iOS over Android for my first smartphone because I already had a PC at the time, and I already had to deal with all the things that don't work right / as expected every day. Why would I want to do the same to the phone because both the handset makers and carriers don't give two damns about supporting the damned phones they sell? (And - except Google - they still don't give two damns now, forcing the rest of us to go ASOP/CM10...)

My PC, up until July last year, all ran Windows. 98, 2K, Vista, 7. Built the systems myself, did all the troubleshooting myself, even doing watercooling before there was such a product as a closed-loop cooler for you noobs and morons.

My first laptop was a Mac. Second laptop was a netbook. Third laptop merged both my PC and netbook together... a Mac.

Try configuring a PC laptop to have all the things you want that the market can offer right now, including OEM Windows 7 licenses, extended batteries and SSDs that don't suck. The final price will be roughly the same as what you'll end up paying if it's a Mac.

Many DJs use Macs, are they tech newbs?

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.

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