Microsoft has had success with this new subscription based Office 365 software, and now with a few updates for the 3.5 million subscribers using Office 365, Microsoft announces Office 365 Personal. Office 365 Personal, available this Spring, is a new option for individuals interested in using Office 365. This subscription based design is meant for an individual, allows for one PC or Mac and one tablet to be connected to the service and will be available at a yearly cost of $69.99 USD, or monthly charge at $6.99 USD. Even though this new model is designed for individuals, Microsoft states that households of all shapes and sizes aren’t being overlooked, and that they are committed to delivering the right Office for everyone – whether that be one person or an entire household.
Microsoft will continue to offer our Office 365 Home Premium subscription for households, but will be changing the name to Office 365 Home. This change will take effect when Office 365 Personal becomes available. The only major difference between Home and Personal will be the limitations that have been placed on the amount of devices that you can be used with individual license. Some additional benefits of an Office 365 subscription are the inclusions of 60 minutes of Skype calling per month, 20 GB of additional OneDrive storage, and always being kept up to date with the most recent version of Office.
The shift from from the traditional Office suite to the subscription based model of Office 365 was a big step for Microsoft. However, with numerous free alternatives to Office popping up, this cheaper model is a step in the right direction. Microsoft has been experimenting with dropping the price points with some of its other services as well, most notably the being the possible introduction of a cheaper Windows operating system, but no official announcement has been made.