Potentially a game changer for Microsoft: cloud-based Office 365 and Office 2013
For the very first time, Microsoft is offering it’s next-generation cloud-based Office software ” Office 365 Home Premium” to consumers as $100 annual subscription package. Nonetheless, i find it not very expensive compared to a one-time fee that starts at $140 and is updated more or less for a year or so.
Do you think cloud-connected Office 365 and Office 2013 potentially a game changer for Microsoft?
Apart from $100-a-year Office 365 Home Premium subscription plan, you can also buy the traditional stand-alone desktop software “Office 2013″ (for prices ranging from $140 to $400).
The package comes with PowerPoint for presentations, OneNote for note-taking, Outlook for e-mail, Publisher for desktop publishing and Access for databases, as well as SkyDrive storage space (20GB versus 5GB free) and 60 Skype world minutes per month for both mobile and landline —– it includes online access on up to five Windows devices or Appleâ€™s line of Mac computers.
Office 2013 : You can either purchase Office 2013 local software alone or get it bundled along with an Office 365 subscription. You can get Office 2013 in 3 ways:
- Office Home & Student for $140 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote)
- Office Home & Business for $220 (adds Outlook)
- Office Professional for $400 (adds Publisher and Access)
Office 365: includes both Office 2013 software and its related online tools. It is also cloud-connected.
Office 365 Home Premium costs $100 per year, with installs for five PCs or Macs in addition to mobile devices. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access come with it, as doe 20GB of SkyDrive additional storage and an hour of monthly Skype calls.
Here at Office.com you canÂ sign in to access everything Office-related, you can also access SkyDrive and jump to the Office Web Apps.
The latest version of Microsoft’s Office suite was launched worldwide on January 29, Office 2013 doesnâ€™t include an option that works on Apple Inc.â€™s iPhone and iPad or smartphones and tablets running the Android software made by Google Inc.
When asked about Office for the iPad, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said: “I have nothing to say on that topic. Weâ€™re very glad with the product, very happy with the product that weâ€™re putting in market. It makes sense on the devices like the Mac and the PC. We have a product that we think makes a lot of sense. We do have a way for people always to get to Office through the browser, which is very important. And weâ€™ll see what we see in the future.”
There are rumors floating that Office would be coming to iPads and iPhone in March 2013. Why such a long delay? I think, Microsoft is not willing to pay 30% commission to apple as it will be sold through App Store.
For those of you who have tried Office 2013, please drop us comment below!