Office 365 Personal subscription plan launched, includes iPad editing

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Microsoft has today unveiled a cheaper subscription option for Office 365 – Personal. Previously, consumers had to fork out $10 a month for the Home package, allowing up to 5 installations of Office. With the new iPad suite now available, the company has launched a package that limits installations, but opens up support for iPads and comes with a more affordable price tag.

So just how much will consumers be expected to pay for the new Personal edition? $65.99 a year, or $6.99 a month. That’s $3 cheaper than Home 365, a welcomed move by those who only use a single install. The packages can be purchased at Office365.com, Microsoft Stores and supporting retailers.

Should you be holding off on Office 365 for a more affordable subscription package to be made available, now’s your time to get involved. Office 365 remains free for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone owners.

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Office 365 Personal subscription plan launched, includes iPad editing


Office 365 Home Edition is cheaper than buy a new Office for five people each 3rd year. If you're not going to use Office on five different computers, and if you're not going to get the new version anyway, there's no reason to get Office 365. On-top of already being a cheaper solution for households that want to stay up-to-date without the hassle, Office 365 also offers Office for iPad and iPhone, and 60 minutes of worldwide Skype talk-time for each user per month.

Why? The alternative is an up-front payment, plus an upgrade cost every time a new version comes out. This brings cost predictability and you always have access to the latest version.

I don't need a new version of Office. Next time you buy a refrigerator you should instead go for the subscription model because it gives you cost predictability! What a joke. Hey, if you like it then I'm happy for you. My family are getting by just fine with our Office 2007s and Office 2010s that I got on used work computers. Sorry MS fanboys, but I don't see the need for tablets, Windows 8, or new versions of Office. WP 8.1, on the other hand, will be a nice upgrade.

If I could pay a $35/month for the fridge instead of $1500 up-front, and I got a new fridge ever time a better model came out, I'd run (not walk) to sign up! So it all comes down to the up-front cost (vs. anticipated upgrades) versus the monthly cost, and which is better value. I'm open to either, depending on the spread between the prices.

So there it is. You put value in new things just by virtue of them being new. I don't. To each his own.

You suggest a ridiculous comparison, then put words in my mouth in return. Intellectually dishonest, much? I absolutely don't favour new things just because they're new. I favour used over new when making purchases, and I purchase very little. But refrigerators do die, ours just did a couple of months ago, so there is value in periodic replacement. The nice thing about software (and it's what makes your fridge comparison not very apt) is that replacing physical goods is generally bad for the environment, whereas new software isn't to the same degree. Also, new software does tend to get better. I note you're using Office 2007, not Word 1.0, Access 1.0, etc., for DOS.

Intellectually dishonest? Geez, let it go. I already have. You like what you like and I like what I like. I do not like subscriptions to anything. I like to buy stuff and use it until such time as I feel like replacing it. I like being in control. I don't like forced upgrades.

I'd happily let it go if you stopped saying things that are contentious and/or incorrect. :-) As fir a subscription forcing you to upgrade, it doesn't. It becomes just an option. It gives you the flexibility to do so, but does not require it in most cases. I'm all for paying a flat rate if I don't anticipate wanting to upgrade, such as how I bought my cable box/PVR outright rather than paying a rental fee for it. Rather than dogmatically preferring one option like you've stated, I keep an open mind and look at the respective value proposition each offers.


MassDestruction: You like both, subscription, and full payment.

Lippidp: You only like subscription.

The only person "forcing" is Lippidp, who is forcing himself into having no choice.

I also note, Lippdip is reluctant to change to Windows 8.
I am building up a picture of Lippidp as someone who doesn't like change, and is driven by emotion on lots of decision making. I wouldn't hire a Lippidp.

I like change that is for the better and really don't give two shits if you would "hire" me. Holy crap what a bunch of kooks that visit this site...

You suggest that under no condition would you prefer the subscription model because it forces people to upgrade (despite the fact that it usually doesn't force you). If Microsoft Office cost $500 outright, or $1 a month, you'd still opt for the outright option despite it taking nearly 50 years for the monthly fee to catch up? Your stated dogmatic opposition to something that's merely an option suggests closed-mindedness. Then you call people "kooks" when they take your comments at face value and respond in kind, and question why they won't "let it go"? We're here in the comments *to* discuss, why should we suddenly stop because you don't like the points we're raising in return? *THAT* seems kooky to me.

I'm not sure why you care so much about what I think, but I will clarify. Yes, I would consider a subscription model if it made sense for my needs. It has been my experience that over the long run it is more expensive that way. Some have said it's a great deal for 5 PC's, iPads and whatever else. Maybe so (I haven't run the numbers), but that's not me. In the past you could buy software from many different outlets and find good deals or incentives. When going the subscription route you don't have that power. So there's another downside. As for forced upgrades, maybe that's not the case with the Office subscription (I'm taking your word for it), but I know it *is* the case with others. So, generally speaking, I do not like software subscriptions. I did subscribe to the Microsoft Action Pack in the past as that deal did benefit me. So there you go.

It's not that I care so much about your opinion that my life revolves around it, it's just that it's a contrast to mine and therefore interesting. I'm curious what software you subscribed to that requires upgrading? Office365 doesn't, nor does our POS software subscription at work. Office365 Home for 5 devices costs $10 a month, or Office for Mac with the same four apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) costs $250 per user ($1250 up-front). So it will take over 5 years for the monthly fee to catch up, and of course there's value in having that significant remaining balance available in the meantime, plus you get 60 worldwide Skype minutes each month, plus upgrades if you choose to deploy them, plus the ability to stream an offline copy of Office for temporary use. The $7 a month option for a single device is not as good a deal as you would pay off the retail copy in 3 years, but that's still decent if the up-front savings is of value to you.

OK. The forced upgrades I was referring to are generally associated with SaaS or any hosted platform.

I went from Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 to Windows 8.1 Pro Update 1

Office 2010 to Office 2013

I'm very happy with Microsoft

Office 360 not so much....

Give me Mobile Office 2013 for WP8.1

There are months that I don't touch office at all and then need to use it a lot in short bursts. I guess I could activate as needed and then be content to just be able to read a document at other times buy it seems like a hassle.

It's way more financially economical than buying it outright. For the Home Premium, you can install on 5 PCs/Macs plus another 5 iOS/Android devices, plus when there's a new version available, you still have to pay the subscription like normal.

They say 1 PC or Mac, and one tablet. I'm not sure how they determine either. 

Office seems to be coming free with most Windows tablets these days anyway. 

My take on #Office365 Personal/Basic:
I wouldn’t buy this, and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
Office 365 Personal/Basic as I think it should be:
1x Office 2014 for Windows, Mac and mobile operating systems.
1x 20GB OneDrive storage.

Extensions for Office 365 Personal/Basic:
+1 extra Office 2014
+1 extra 20GB OneDrive storage
1x 60minute Skype Worldwide talk-time

Each extension has an individual Price, and is an add-on to your subscription.
Aka. if you want the Skype talk-time you get a discount for having your subscription, but it’s not included.
And you don’t ‘add’ people to your subscription. The Office 365 Home/Family Edition costs slightly less than the Personal Edition, because you’re buying 5 combined licenses, instead of 5 individual licenses. This creates and incentitive for households and Groups of people to purchase the Home/Family Edition, but Groups of less than 5 people can pay a Little bit more and get what they pay for.

Pricing would work as following:
Office 365 Family 1 year = $99,99
Office 365 Family 1 month = $9,99

Office 365 Basic 1 year = $24,99
Office 365 Basic 1 month = $2,49

The prices would of course be lowered if Skype talk-time was not included, which I personally think it shouldn't.

Office 365 is not free, your last sentence should read "Office Mobile remains free on iPhone..."

In Australia Office 365 is 88 a year, and includes one PC/Mac installation, one tablet installation and then all the smartphones you've got get access too. At JB Hifi for anyone interested.

Be careful with the 2013 version. Licensed to one system. If it dies or you upgrade your system, you will have to dish out for another license.

Who only has one machine anymore, especially someone who really needs Office? Should be at least 2 installs to really meet users' needs. No one wants the hassle of installing and uninstalling Office every time they need to switch between desktop and laptop, right?
I don't see that being worth saving$3 per month.

People who pay retail should be smacked in the face with a brick. I was able to get the Office 365 Home keycard for 74.00 US shipped.
Perhaps the new version will eventually be found for 25% off as well.

I like the idea of Office 365 to install on multiple devices, but I already have an Office 2013 perpetual license, my Windows Phone that includes Office, and my Windows RT tablet that also has Office 2013 RT. For now, I'm golden. :) maybe when it gets updated in 2016 will I look into it again.

I think too many people do not understand the value in the 365 sub. 

For a single person, with a single machine, may the value isn't great. But look at a family of 5 that Need Office.

Where I live, taxes is .09 on a dollar and office single license costs $139, $151.51 PER computer. 

Multiply that by 5 users. That is $757.55 ! and I am STUCK with Office 2007 forever unless I want to spend $757.55 again. 

That is 7.65 years of subscription cost. And during that 7.65 years, I don't get anything new other than security patches. No, Thank you. 

I will Gladly pay $99 a year to have 5 users and I can install it on Mac and PC and have the latest version, all the time. Not that 2007 doesn't work, but Most of the time, (not always), newer is usually better. 

Great part is, say my sons Hard drive crashes, all I have to do is log in, remove that key code from that computer, and reinstall it on his new computer/hard drive etc. 

Plus I get the FULL version, Outlook, Access, etc, not just the Word,Power point, Excel I get with the $139 version. 

If you take the Price of the FULL version $219.95 * 5 = $1099.75 the savings for sub is crazy good. At that prices, I would have to keep Office 2007 for 11 years to break even.  

Subscription is awesome. People just don't get it. 


I really don't like the idea of subscription software. I'd rather pay £20 extra to buy Office 2013 (which is constantly updated anyway) and actually own it, and do away with an extra monthly expense. I only need one copy, really only use word and onenote, never use Skype, I've never come close to filling up the default onedrive allowance so I don't need extra, and I get office for free on my wp8 phone. Really, what would a subscription give me that is worth it?