Consumers now have a less expensive way to subscribe to Microsoft Office apps on PC, Mac, and iPad.
The new Office 365 Personal subscription, which costs $70 a year or $7 a month, allows users to run Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher and Access on one Windows PC or Mac, as well as on one tablet. The tablet can run Windows or iOS, thanks to the recent release of Office for iPad.
The previously lowest-priced option, Office 365 Home Premium, cost $100 a year or $10 a month. That subscription, now known as just Office 365 Home, enables Office applications to be installed on five desktops or laptops and five tablets. Families may still want to consider this option.
Subscribers to either Office 365 Personal or Office 365 Home also get 20GB of additional storage on OneDrive, as well as 60 minutes per month of international Skype calls.
A Subscription Model
There are advantages and downsides to Office 365. Because users are paying a monthly or yearly subscription, they always have access to the latest versions. On the other hand, over time people are going to end up paying a considerable amount for this software… at least $168 every two years.
Apple iPad users looking for the official version of Office for their tablet have no other recourse. Those looking for less expensive, non-Microsoft alternatives should be aware that Apple gives its iWork suite away to those who buy a new iPad, and this includes apps that perform the same functions as Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. There are other options as well, like Polaris Office and Dataviz Documents To Go.