Microsoft its upcoming Office 2013 software suite is to come in two subscription models. The first is an upfront cost across three tiers; the second is a subscription model, the avenue Microsoft wants you to choose.
Office 2013 isn’t cheap, but workarounds are available
We’ve reported today on Asus bundling in Office 2013 with a Windows 8 devices. Microsoft announced the price for the software suite if buying individually, and an interesting subscription model for power users.
First, the prices. The cheapest tier is Home & Student for $139.99, followed by Home & Business for $139.99, and Professional for $399.99. With Business you’re getting Outlook as an extra, and Publisher and Access with Professional. That’s along with World, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
If you’re going to be using Office 2013 on multiple devices then a subscription is preferable. Microsoft admits as much on the official blog post, below, announcing the deals.
Though Office 360 differs to Office 365 because it is limited to one device. Installing the software means it needs to be used on that device with the former. The latter comes with five licenses across PC and Mac. Office 365 also get access to Office on Demand that allows users to stream apps for use. It’s like and always-on Office. Until you close the app.
Multiple Versions And Prices
Therefore you’re getting different editions like Office 2013. Office 365 Home Premium is the family-targeted version. For $99.99 a year you’re also getting 20GB of SkyDrive storage, Microsoft’s cloud storage service, and 60 minutes of Skype calltime. Next is Office 365 Small Business Premium. It includes an Exchange server, 25GB of Outlook storage per user, shared contacts and calendars (this sounds automatic), among other tools. The second edition still include five licenses but confined to one user. So you’re going have to buy five separate copies for five different users. Well, they will.
Microsoft said a benefit of subscription is the user will get the latest updates first. If you’re still skeptical and buy Office 2010 for PC or Mac instead you’ll get a year-long license to Office 365 Home Premium or a three-month trial of Office 365 Small Business Premium. You really can’t lose.
Windows 8 launches October 26 with a possible launch event October 25.