Office 365 hits 1 million subscribers; Microsoft celebrates
Today Microsoft announced that the recently released edition of Office, 365, is the bestselling version of their productivity software to date. When the service went live, the company reported licenses being sold at a rate of more than one per second. In a mere 100 days, Office 365 Home Premium has hit more than 1 million subscribers.
John Case, Corporate VP of marketing for Microsoft Office, stated that:
Microsoft is ramping up their focus on being productive in the cloud and on the go. The company is beginning to recognize that many users own multiple devices and that Google Docs has been an appealing service that can deliver.
Office 365 is a subscription based version of Office that allows users to pay a yearly (or monthly) service fee for a multitude of features including having the latest up to date Office applications, 27 GB of SkyDrive cloud storage, and 60 Skype world minutes per month.
Up front, the new 365 service sounds a tad more expensive with its lowest subscription option being $99 a year (Home Premium), but we have to remember that it includes five licenses for all Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, Outlook, and Access. Once we figure out that the equivalent set of programs would force us to buy Office Professional at an MSRP of $399, we begin to rethink it. By the way - $399 is for just one license, not five like Office 365 offers.
Let’s total that up; three years of Office 365 Home Premium with five licenses, 27 GB of SkyDrive storage, and 60 Skype world minutes per month comes out to a total of $297. In contrast: three years of Office Pro with one license, 27 GB of SkyDrive Storage, and 60 Skype world minutes per month comes out to a total of over $460.
Maybe Office 365 is worth checking out – what do you guys think?
Source: Microsoft Office Blog (opens in new tab)
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More on topic, it's good news for MS but also kinda surprising so many have taken to it. I guess more people have multiple desktops/laptops in the home than I imagined. The other interesting part to that is popping by the Dell site to start a laptop build and add it to the cart. You can choose O365 Premium for $99 as opposed to Pro for $300, but it doesn't make it clear (at least on that page) that the $99 is for a year. So I wonder if some have opted for $99 O365 but didn't see the fine print about that being an annual fee...unless it truly is a one-time fee? I actually don't see any fine print about the $99/year all the way to the checkout. Interesting.
It's an awesome service and the software is good enough to warrant the monthly rate. I'm also happy to be able to cancel my sub for the summer while I'm away from college and wont need it.
People may be surprisehow many house holds have PC and Macs. In the past you would have to buy say Office 2010 for PCs, and purchase a seperate Office 2011 for Macs. So depending on the house hold or business makeup, A sbuscription based setup, makes alot of sense.
Unfortunately, given the crowing by Microsoft over the number of subscribers it has persuaded to sign up, I suspect it won't be long before Microsoft stops making it possible to buy Office licenses. If that happens, I'll probably look for alternatives.
As a solo user (with no one else at home) it makes less sense like your link illustrates. A family of four, the maths would stack up. I'm surprised MS doesn't have an option for single use.
In terms of alternatives, MS Web Office on Skydrive is free, just like Google Docs.
The cloud offering is good and the new ui roll out is way better, the old outlook web client sucked balls. They need to finish ironing out the kinks.