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 4:56:48 AM
Seriously. If you want a high quality 16:10 display with a great keyboard (matched only by Lenovo's), the best trackpad on the market with systemwide multitouch gestures in the OS, great performance, excellent battery life, all in one of the slimmest chassis out there, you'll be paying as much as or more for a non-Mac laptop and still be missing out on some of those features.
There's a huge reason why Apple dominates the laptop market over $1000. Other OEMs could make a bigger dent in that area if they stepped up quality more, but right now Lenovo seems to be the only OEM making any real effort there. HP Elitebooks are very good but those cost even more than a much better specced retina Macbook Pro.
"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
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