Office 2013 Prices Released
Microsoft has been making some waves lately with their new SkyDrive (competition to Dropbox and Google Drive) and Windows 8 announcements, and now we can begin to prepare for the release of Microsoft Office 2013. As of October 12, MS Office 2013 was at the RTM stage of the product-release process (Ready to Manufacture), but there seems to be no official release date (should be next year according to the official Office 2013 blog).
The new version of Office has been altered to better coincide with the features, functionality and user interface of Windows 8. However, one of the biggest alterations of all is that Office 2013 will be sold through subscription.
Microsoft Office 2013 Price Breakdown
Here’s how much Office 2013 (Home Premium & Small Business Premium) will cost you:
Office 365 Home Premium
- Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access
- Installation on up to five devices (PC or Mac)
- Any number of users on those five devices
- 60 Skype minutes per month
- 20GB of SkyDrive storage
Office 365 Small Business Premium
- Same as above with Lync and InfoPath
- Hosted Exchange through Office 365, 25 GB mailbox and shared calendars, 10 GB of SharePoint storage
It’s important to note that while there is no initial fee for downloading, you will not be able to access subscription services without paying the monthly fee.
Microsoft is fully embracing the use of subscription-based services, but Office 2013 will still be sold as a one-time purchase product. To purchase on a one-time basis, you’re looking at $139.99 for Home & Student Edition, $219.99 for Home & Business Edition, and $399.99 for Office 2013 Professional. It’s important to note that you only have access to the software on ONE machine through the one-time purchase product.
I’ve taken a look at a preview of Office 2013, and I have to say that I’m impressed with its new, cleaner design (you can watch the video preview I did here). I think its new design will not only increase the effectiveness of user functionality, but will also prove to integrate seamlessly into the new Windows 8.
Have you seen the previews for MS Office 2013? What are your thoughts on the new subscription-based pricing?