The details and pricing on the upcoming version of Office are out. Rather than buying Office 2013 outright, Microsoft prefers users to sign up for their online and new subscription Office model - Office 365 which offers a host of new possibilities. Unlike Office 2013 that carries a strict one-device license, Office 365 comes with a license to install the software on up to five PCs or Macs at the same time, giving users more flexibility.
Each retail copy of Office 2013 carries a strict one-device license i.e. the license is valid for just a single PC or Mac only. It cannot be used on any other devices later. This changes with the Office 365 subscription models. Office 365 opens new possibilities by integrating web services like Skype calling minutes and SkyDrive storage into the Office.
Office 365 Home Premium
Office 365 Home Premium allows multiple members of a family to use the Office applications across multiple devices (up to 5 PCs or Macs) with a single subscription. It would cost $ 8.33 monthly and $99.99 annually.
Highlights of Office Home Premium:
- Includes PowerPoint, Excel, Word, OneNote, Outlook, access and other Office applications
- Can be shared among all the users in home
- Approximately 3 times the amount of SkyDrive storage with an additional 20GB over the 7GB you get for free
- Sixty minutes of Skype world calling per month
- Up-to-date Premium licenses with latest new features and services released regularly
Office 365 Home Premium will be available in both physical and online stores across 227 markets worldwide.
Office 365 Small Business Premium
Small business had access to Office 365 for a while now and still can by upgrading the existing service to Office 365 Small Business Premium version. It has been designed specifically for organizations with 1-10 employees. Benefits that each person gets with Office 365 Small Business Premium are highlighted below.
- All the Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, and Publisher plus Lync.
- Usable on up to 5 PCs or Macs for a single user
- A 25 GB Outlook mailbox, shared calendar, contact manager, scheduling and task-list tools, and 10 GB professional-grade cloud storage for the organization plus 500 MB per user.
- Ability to host online meetings with HD video conferencing
- Premium licenses that are always up-to-date with latest new features and services released regularly
- Customizable, no IT expertise needed
Like Office 365 Home Premium, Office 365 Small Business Premium too is available in physical as well as online stores across 86 markets worldwide with a monthly fee of $12.50 and $149.99 anually. A free 30 day trial will also be available online.
Starting October 19, people who purchase Office 2010 or Office for Mac 2011 will also qualify to download one year of Office 365 Home Premium or the equivalent Office 2013 offering for free, when available. Small business customers will also be eligible for a three-month trial of Office 365 Small Business Premium.
The boxed version of Office 2013 will be available in three configurations: Home & Student for $139.99, Home & Business for $219.99 and Professional for $399.99, reports the Office News Blog.