Office 365 Personal now available from Microsoft
Up until now, Office 365 Home Premium was the only option, and it is a great value if you have more than a few devices. $99 per-year bought you the whole suite of programs up to 5 computers, 5 tablets, smartphone access, plus 20GB of OneDrive storage for up to five people each, and 60 minutes of Skype calls per month.
Last month, Microsoft announced that it was going to broadening its Office 365 offering by adding a middle tiered Office 365 Personal option. This tier is ideal for the individual with one computer, one tablet, and a smartphone. With any Office 365 option, your programs remain perpetually up to date too, which is a very attractive option compared to buying a single new license every couple years for hundreds of dollars.
$69 per-year brings the whole Office suite to one computer, one tablet, plus smartphone access. You also get Office Online, which means you can open and edit your own documents from any computer (thanks to OneDrive). Office 365 Personal also nets you 20GB of extra OneDrive space and 60 minutes of Skype calls per month.
If you prefer to budget yourself monthly, you can also get Office 365 Personal for $6.99 per-month. Since the Office suite has been such a hit with iPad owners, Office 365 Personal is certain to see a warm reception much like Office 365 Home (formerly Home Premium) has.
source: Office Blog
1. Augustine (Posts: 777; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
Microsoft thinks that anyone still gives a hoot about Office. Both Apple and Google offer free alternatives that meet the needs of most users. Persisting on the laurels of yore is a sure sign of defeat. Then again, no one sane enough is going to miss the company which gifted us with the blue screen of death.
2. papss (unregistered)
Umm.. Sorry to tell you but there is no real substitute for the excellent office.. Clearly many folks agree or it wouldn't be doing as well as it is..
9. bossmt_2 (Posts: 437; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
Openoffice is as good if not superior to MS Office. MS office has a chokehold because everyone uses it. People who know tech don't use MS Office, because it's not even remotely worth 140 bucks.
4. Jommick (Posts: 211; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)
"laurels of yore" - I like your phrasing.
Joking aside, it does provide a lesser expensive option for Microsoft Office, which for a wide variety of users are still the de facto standard of productivity software.
While alternative products may meet the needs of people, that's not to say that people are going to use it.
People tend to use what they're familiar with, much like they do with choosing an iPhone.
They also have a tendency to pay more for something they feel is a more "premium" product, regardless of whether or not it actually is superior.
Personally, I feel Office is a worthwhile investment in productivity for my business; there are several tools I am yet to find a suitable alternative for.
5. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Exactly, I use Google Apps and Open Office and have not missed Microsoft Office, yet...plus, all they give your PC is huge updates to download due to its craptastic security, or lack of...
3. Elfmonster (Posts: 99; Member since: 23 Dec 2013)
I couldn't wait any longer. I switched everything to a rival office app months ago. I just can't stomach switching back. Too much work.
6. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 851; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
I have tried to be fair with most of my comments... but if ANYONE thinks that there is a true competitor to Microsoft Office, then they:
A) Are running amateur operations and never needed Office to begin with.
B) Are lying, high, and compromised.
There is very little area of subjectivity when it comes to the might of Office. There is NO substitute. Though it is far from perfection, I have wasted my time playing around with others... and it is a joke.
7. StanleyG88 (Posts: 104; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)
Apparently, many of you don't work for a company that uses MS Office for all work related processing. If you did, you would know that for a vast majority of office workers do not have a choice and must use MS Office for complete compatibility.
8. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 851; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
Exactly... which was my point "A" in my comment.
Heck the main reason why the Windows platform is so appealing to me is Office.
10. ianbbaa (Posts: 217; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)
6,99USD a month??? For those praying for other free alternatives - yes they are fine for simple tables untill you come to a document with just simple layout issue for printig or something - then you spend 1 hour of editing your file in that free alternative in order ti get it right printed out - if you rate your workhour for 7USD - second such a incompatible document will actually save you some of your precious time and - time is money.
Honestly, did everyone of you had 0 layouts problems with Libre, Open or any other free office programs? And i do not talk further about summs, graphs, functions etc...
To have proper MS OFFICE for 6,99USD actually earn you money when you receive a lot of excell sheets etc...
11. ianbbaa (Posts: 217; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)
Next to it - for 6,99 you have even full Outlook and OneNote - 4,99 a month you can get Evernote Premium for just "offline" notes.
I like new Office how seamlessly it works via attaching xls into OneNote, work on it etc - then nice Outlook cant beat any other email client. Sharing files, collaboration???
For desktop users this is the best combo - sadly i am Android user and probably will stick to it for a while. Hope for future updates to bring more functions to Android from MS. Looks like MS see a big potential in their services when PC market and their Tablet market struggles.