by September 18, 2012 0 comments

Just two months ago, Microsoft first unveiled the new Office, showing how the cloud service works with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard on new Windows devices. In taking a fresh look at how to help people access their information from anywhere, the company also took a new approach to how people buy the new Office. Today, the tech giant shared details via the Office News Blog about the new Office subscriptions for consumer and small businesses.

There are two main ways people will be able to get the new Office — a subscription or a one-time purchase. For most people, subscribing will be the best choice — especially for families, consumers with multiple devices and small businesses. Subscriptions to Office 365 include all the Office applications, additional services product upgrades as soon as they’re available, and access to Office on up to five PCs or Macs, as well as streamed access to full-featured Office applications on any PC.

Here is an example of how Office 365 Home Premium might be used. For $8.33/month for an annual subscription, a family can share a single subscription and install Office on five devices. Imagine a family with a PC in the kitchen, a Mac in the den, laptops for school and work, and a tablet. Rather than upgrading each device, a subscription allows each family member to access their personalized settings and information. While saving money they also get a number of added benefits, including additional SkyDrive storage, Office on Demand and Skype world minutes. Below are additional examples of where subscriptions or traditional suites make sense.

In addition, starting October 19th, any purchase of Office 2010 or Office for Mac 2011 is eligible for a free upgrade to the new Office at the time of availability.


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