Microsoft is yet to announce the release date of its Office 2013 software, but the firm did reveal its pricing. Microsoft Office 2013- the latest to come out from Microsoft’s arsenal contains Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, which are touch- and cloud-optimized versions of standbys.
While the individual versions of the Office 2013 will still be available for use on a single computer, Microsoft has come up with a new subscription strategy for Office 2013 that will make it more affordable for home and business users.
For single subscriptions, Office 365 Home Premium package will cost $99.99 a year. This plan will cover up to five users or devices, and would come with an extra 20 GB of SkyDrive cloud storage (on top of the free 7 GB of space), 60 minutes of Skype calls per month, and a premium license that will guarantee automatic software updates. Along with these, users who opt for this package will get Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, and Publisher.
With this deal, Microsoft wants to give its users a 360 degree solution for a connected home.
In a statement, the Office team said, “Subscriptions open a host of possibilities, and subscribing to Office 365 will be the best choice for many — especially families, people with multiple devices and small businesses.”
Then there is another package- single person Office Home and Student 2013, which costs $139.99. Those who opt for this one-time price option won’t get software updates, but will get Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
However, those looking for Outlook have to settle for a little pricier version- Office Home and Business 2013, which costs $219.99. And to top it all is the Microsoft Office Professional 2013 edition, which has everything included along with Access and Publisher. This version will cost $399.99.
For small businesses, Microsoft is offering Office 2013 on a subscription basis. Office 365 Small Business Premium will cost $149.99 per user, per year. This version will come with all the Office apps, 25 GB Outlook mailboxes, video conferencing features, and premium app licenses.
So, which version are you going to opt for?