Microsoft has released Office 365 Home Premium, has a video to show you

 

While Office 2013 has already gone on sale, Microsoft has pulled back the covers on Office 365 which offers a Home Premium suite of Office applications for $100 a year. For the $100 fee, or $8.33 per month (but don't be fooled, you can't pay it monthly), this will allow you to run the product on up to 5 machines.

If you are wondering what all you will receive for your $100, the following is a breakdown of the core features of the package:

  • The latest and most complete set of Office applications – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access and Publisher
  • An additional 20 GB of SkyDrive cloud storage, nearly three times the amount available with a free SkyDrive account
  • 60 free Skype world calling minutes per month to call mobile phones, landlines or PCs around the world
  • Future upgrades, so you always use the latest time-saving technology

The product will be available in 162 countries and should fill the needs for most consumers. It's clear that Microsoft is positioning Office 365 as its preferred consumer platform and wants to push Office fully into the software as a service (SAAS) with its subscription model. Seeing as the Office Suite is updated every 3-4 years, you will likely end up paying $300-400 for the product over its lifetime.

For Microsoft, running Office as a subscription model will help to improve cash flow for the company. As Office will now be generating cash flow from each consumer on an annual basis, instead of a single injection of capital, it may appease investors as long-term outlook becomes more sustainable with a solid cash-flow statement.

Source: Microsoft

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How do I get a trial for standalone Office 2013? the MS website doesn't seem to show anything it just keeps trying to get me to sign up to 365???

can someone explain me MS thoughts about Office Professional vs. Office365? I can understand that People buy Home and Business for 219$, Outlook is a great product and Office 2010 ->Office 2013=3 years, if we get Office 2015 in 3 years this is cheaper than 3 years 365 subskription. (If only one user use it). But Professional cost 399€ = 4 years. Is this not too expensive? Who will buy this?

You get 60 minutes of Skype a month ,and the extra skydrive space, and the equivalent of 5 copies of office 2013.

Take into account the 5 copies of office 2013 you get for that $99 a year. Then add on how much 60 Skype minutes a month and the extra skydrive space would be and its a great deal .

yes, but the 365 subscription is TOO cheap, in my opinion, comparing to the 2013 pro. (or the 2013 is too expensive ) However, I can't understand MS price calculation of 2013 pro. And, event though an user not use it, I can compare the 365 only with the pro version, because both contain Outlook, Publisher and Access. Who will buy the 2013 pro with this expensive price?

Don't forget that for students, you can get Office 365 for $80 for 4 years, or about $20 a year, which is a huge, huge steal.

OK, the last version I had of One Note was 2003. However, each drawing could be manipulated in some fashion....which is not good when asking a customer to sign the screen. I had to abandon it even though customers loved how I went completely paperless.

Not sure if they just haven't updated the office365 page or if its not happening but I think they should offer a free office 365 exchange account with the $100 package to match what google apps is doing.

What is the benefit of using this vs Office 2013 ProPlus for instance? I doubt I'll be signing up soon as I get Office via MSDN but still interested to know what 365 offers...

Office 365 lets you install on up on to 5 devices (PCs, Macs, tablets, phones), and you always get the latest version, allowing them to refresh the products at a faster rate + added bonuses of more SkyDrive space and Skype minuets.

The standalone suites are only for 1 PC and you'd have to purchase the next edition whenever you want to upgrade.

Everything, for $100 a year, per household (unless you have a massive family). Seems pretty reasonable to me! If i had more than one of me, i would consider it as a pretty fair go!

Yep, going to definitely get that. One for my desktop, one for the lappy and another on mom's netbook. And two licenses to spare.

Even better, I believe when the iOS and Android versions come out, it'll be included in Office 365 licensing too, therefore you'll use those 5 licenses quickly. Thankfully, with Windows Phone it's baked in free

Because One Note is actually one of the best Office apps out there for showing cloud sync across multiple form factors and touch interfaces?
It really is a brilliant piece of software.

Me too, great Ad somehow and I am not sure why too.
What I very like is that this ad contain some kind of information and it's more or less simple. Not this "bbuuummm buuummm tata tata (alot of Music)... buy a product" ads, you know, the ads that could be for a car, a yoghurt or a
computer product and you forget the product after 10 minutes.