New pricing models: Microsoft pushes Office private customers towards subscription


However, this is not necessarily more attractive compared to the previous prices, as the US blog "Ars Technica" shows. For example, the new "Office 365 Home Premium" offering in the US costs just under $ 100 a year. The package includes the programs Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access as well as 20 gigabytes of extra storage in the SkyDrive cloud and 60 Skype phone minutes per month. The license applies to a household with up to five users with PCs or Macs.

In contrast, the current Office 2010 is available in two "Home & Student" editions (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote) - a single user package for $ 120 and a family pack for three PCs for $ 150. In Office 2013, unfortunately, there is only the single user package, which costs $ 140. A permanent household license does not look Microsoft now. The result: A household with three computers pays $ 300 for the use of the Office in the next three years until the next version update instead of 150 so far. And that will annoy at least those who are familiar with the rather spartan extent of previous home Student Packages Got Out.

In this context, "Ars" points out that many people can also access a home office through other means: if their employer purchases the software via Software Assurance, they can get the "Home Use Program" for just under ten dollars, And even if he then bills his employees, they drive so much cheaper. Otherwise, of course, there would still be the purchase of a tablet with Windows RT (on the Office 2013, however, less than with an Intel processor) - or the decision to abandon home entirely on Microsoft Office …