Ballmer: New Office 365 coming for small/medium businesses on Feb 27

The launch of Office 2013 and the new Office 365 is a big deal for Microsoft. How big? Big enough for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to make a rare post on the company blog to talk up the launch of the new software suite, and Office 365 Home Premium in particular.

Ballmer's blog post points out that Office 365 Home Premium is the first time a regular consumer can buy a version of Office as a service, for $99.99 a year, rather than just a standalone software product (although Microsoft is still offering the option for buying such software as well). Ballmer says that those customers will like a number of things about Office 365 Home Premium, including constant updates, Windows 8 touch support and more.

Ballmer's post added:

These are some of the reasons we’re seeing such strong momentum with our business customers. In fact, since we launched Office 365 for businesses only 18 months ago, 1 in 5 of our enterprise customers now has the service, up from 1 in 7 a year ago. Smaller businesses are also choosing Office 365 at a rapid pace, with a 150 percent increase in the number of small and medium-sized businesses using the service over the past 12 months. These businesses will get to enjoy the new Office 365 service for businesses beginning Feb. 27.

Ballmer ended his post by saying, "Today’s announcement of Office 365 Home Premium is our next bold step forward. It’s a productivity service that is a trusted and integral part of our always-on, always-connected lives."

Source: Microsoft blog | Image via Microsoft

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Quikboy said,
I use Access for home use... I use it to organize and archive my text messages and books I've read.

Of course some people will use it; I could use it to keep track of my running sessions and weight but I prefer to use Excel to do it. My point was that just a minority of home users will deal with Access.

$99 is a great deal for 5 people. What about one person, what kind of break does one user get? As with cell phone plans the answer is tough sh%t on you.

It's also great for people with a PC, laptop, tablet, phone, etc. Windows Phone is comes free, but when it comes to iOS and Android it'll probably count as one of those licenses, that way you don't have to pay for the app itself as it's included in your subscription. Pretty sweet deal to me. Plus as it says above, you always get the latest version + extra SkyDrive storage + Skype minutes and stream the apps from anywhere.

And it includes both PCs AND Macs... and allows them to update the software more frequently instead of every 4 years.

MEDaugherty said,
99$ is too much

License for 5 devices
20GB SkyDrive storage
60mo of Skype mins per month

I guess it's not too bad if you need more than 3 licenses?

My only problem with it is it can't be used for money generating activities. I understand companies can't use it but i think it's sad that home freelance workers can't use it for what basically is home works generating revenue.

I'll wait to see what the business plans have to offer. But right now i plan to keep my home and business edition of 2010.

LaP said,
My only problem with it is it can't be used for money generating activities. I understand companies can't use it but i think it's sad that home freelance workers can't use it for what basically is home works generating revenue.

I'll wait to see what the business plans have to offer. But right now i plan to keep my home and business edition of 2010.

Small Business should be around $12/months; it still offer five devices but the license is per user.