Microsoft Ups the Price of Office for Mac Users by Roughly 17%
February 19, 2013 8:25 AM
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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,
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.
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RE: Apple customers have been paying a premium for MS products since the 80s...
2/20/2013 4:31:38 AM
The question is, who the hell RAISES the price on 3-year-old software
Those that can raise the price. One thing is that Office on Mac sells extremely well, per capita a higher percentage than it does on Windows. Obviously this is because Macs make up a much smaller marketshare that is mainly sold to a segment that would buy applications like Office, but it makes huge revenue either way.
Perhaps MS doesn't see free alternatives to Office as a threat? Office for Mac is still one of the highest selling pieces of software on Amazon, so I can infer they feel like they can get away with it. I see Office on Macs all the time.
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