Since autumn 2012 MSDN and TechNet-subscribers were able to download and use Office 2013. Everybody else had to wait until January 29th. On this day Microsoft officially launched their new Office suite.
Beside the many new features each of the Office products now gained in the new version, the bigger news is the way Microsoft is offering it to customers. It really shows what kind of big change Microsoft is going through since last year.
The best way to see this, is to visit Office.com. Instead of showing and offering the new Office 2013, Microsoft is prominently offering the new “Office 365 Home Premium” subscription. The subscription is priced at $99,99 per year. (Or $9,99 per month) For this you will get the newest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access. Furthermore you’ll receive 20GB additional storage on your SkyDrive and 60 minutes of free Skype-calling. And if this is not enough for you – Microsoft will let you install and use it on up to five PCs or Macs – with one subscription!
Eligible Students, faculty and staff are getting an even better deal! They can install is on just two PCs and Macs tough, but for a way more attractive price. With the new “Office 365 University” subscription they’ll pay just $79,99 and get the same package like in the “Office 365 Home Premium” subscription. Not just for one year – no, they can use it for four years!
Of course you can still buy Office in the “old fashion way” in different editions between $139,99 – $399,99 or $109,99 for each application.
In conclusion we can say that Microsoft is really offering a very good, valuable and cheap bundle to make people consider to buy Office in a subscription model.
Now it’s up to the customers to decide if they are really going to switch to this new model.
Next you can check out the introduction video of Office 365 by the one and only Steve Ballmer