Microsoft Office 2013 now on sale in the United States

As everyone expected, Microsoft Office 2013 is now on sale in the United States following launches in other territories (including Australia) several hours ago. Prospective buyers can head to the online Microsoft Store to purchase their copy, with prices as previously expected: Home And Student retails for $139.99, Home and Business is going for $219.99 and there's also a full "Professional" SKU for $399.99.

On the Office 365 front you'll be paying $99.99 for a 1 year subscription, which includes copies of all the applications available in the Professional SKU, and is licensed for use on up to five computers. Don't forget there are several other ways to get your copy of Office 2013, including the Home Use Program for just $9.95 (if you're eligible), as well as through TechNet or MSDN if you have an appropriate subscription.

If you'd rather get a boxed copy direct from a retailer, expect Office 2013 to be available in-store today including in physical Microsoft Stores. Also be on the lookout for a launch event tonight in New York's Bryant Park which will complete the Office 2013 launch process.

Source: Microsoft Store

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You can rant as much as you want but most people don't have 5 PCs nor the need for multiple Office installs. I have lots of computers around me but even for me, 1 to 2 installations would have been more than enough since I can access Office 365 online at anytime.

A lower price with less licenses would have been great!

Office 2013 IS more expensive and runs on less computers compared to 2010. Home and Student for example is now 139$ while it was 119$ before and runs on only 1 computer rather than the 3 allowed by 2010.

Who the hell needs Office on 5 computers at home? Only a family of accountants maybe, but they'd probably just figure out that two permanent 3-PC Office 2010 licenses for 6 PCs would have still been cheaper than paying 3 years of Office 365. Just because the new price can be cheaper in a few cases it doesn't change the fact that the pricing is worse for the majority of the people who I'm pretty sure doesn't even dream of needing Office on 5 computers at once.

It also allows the Office Team to refresh the products at a faster rate. Think about that too. With Office 365 you always get the latest and greatest and you can stream the products when needed to. You'd actually be surprised how many situations having 5 lcienses will help in. Many families have more than 5 devices (a PC or Mac per parent + child, tablets, phones, etc.)... also, with this you get BOTH the PC and Mac versions, which adds even more value.

I use Office as well but before you get cheeky with Google Docs, GDocs still does a better job for students to collaborate on assignments (even if it tends to screw up formatting). That's considering most people already have a copy of MS Office on their computers.

thenetavenger said,

I think people forget how much Office Applications have always cost. This is one of the better pricing plans Microsoft has offered in the history of Office, and is far cheaper for most people to get access to Office than ever before.

I think people also forgot that it was Microsoft that popped a hole in the pricing of premium software like Word and Excel, and how not cheap comparable software was before.

Wordperfect 5.1 sold for around $500, and that was just for a simple Wordprocessor. (Add in inflation, that is $800)


/rant off

When Word came out.... it costed $500 as well.
And at the end of the '80' WordPerfect was the Word Processor having dethroned Wordstar.

j2006 said,
It also allows the Office Team to refresh the products at a faster rate. Think about that too. With Office 365 you always get the latest and greatest and you can stream the products when needed to. You'd actually be surprised how many situations having 5 lcienses will help in. Many families have more than 5 devices (a PC or Mac per parent + child, tablets, phones, etc.)... also, with this you get BOTH the PC and Mac versions, which adds even more value.

Leaving apart the questionable "usefulness" of the streaming service (logging with MY account with MY documents on it on some other computer? I'm pretty sure that's how all the security nightmares start) you can put as you want that it may help soccer moms or kids save some money, who by the way I'm pretty sure they would have been content just as well with the previous Office Starter that had all the required basic functionality (I doubt many casual users really need bibliography or revisions or that they need it all day long) that came with every new computer and now has been retired as well, but while almost every other company has gone for the per-person licensing Microsoft has gone backwards to per-device licensing forcing every typical Office user who just needed and was previously happy with copies for their desktop, laptop or tablet to shell 2-3x times the money. Call it as you want but that is not "adding value to Office 365" or helping out in some arguably rare and marginal situations, that's just increasing Office price for everybody.

THAT was because WordPerfect (unlike WordStar) also ran on IBM (and even DEC) mainframes, DEC's MiniVAXes, and several other non-PC platforms, while WordStar was limited to early IBM PCs and some semi-brand-X non-IBM computers. Ubiquity, ubiquity, ubiquity. (My first exposure to WordPerfect was, in fact, on an IBM mainframe in 1985; my first exposure (as a user) to WORD would not be for another ten years, and it was to Word for Windows 6.0 in demo form. In between? I tutored, among other things, WordPerfect for home users.)

JHBrown said,
I'm quite happy that I picked up two copies of Professional Plus for $9.95 each a couple weeks ago. Saved $780!

me too. I am waiting for the free upgrade now

Any word on whether anyone knows if Office 2013 will make its way to dreamspark premium? I've noticed that Access 2013 has appeared.

I have bought recently Office 2010 Professional plus, where MS is having free upgrade offer for 2013. I am looking for it, any idea when it's gonna be alive?

Meh... I'll be sticking with Office 2010 - unless they bring out a 3-user one-time cost option for Office 2013, as they did with 2010, I'm not prepared to pay a yearly subscription for online/cloud features I'm never gonna need, but I do need Office on more than one machine - which is why the 3-user license for Office 2010 was so great! ...but the new pricing structure for 2013 is just crazy!!

They're doing this because it allows them to do more frequent refresh cycles. Why wait every 4 yrs to refresh products in this fast-paced world? With Office 365, you'll always get the latest version and on up to 5 PCs and Macs. Whereas with the standalone suites, you have to you have to purchase it every few years and you'll get outdated quickly.

The only thing i can say is Office 2013/365 offering and licensing is a complete mess to me.

What actually is Office 365 small business ? Does it include office on demand ?

Can i buy Office home and business 2013 for more than 1 PC ?

100$ a year for a heavily restricted home license ?

It's not a mess....

Office 365 Small Business is exactly that - a license for small business use. Home Premium is meant for non-commercial use.

The individual suites are now only for 1 PC to add more value to Office 365, which you can install on up to 5 PCs and Macs.

The $99/yr is for home use (hence "HOME Premium")....

Pretty straight forward to me.

j2006 said,

The individual suites are now only for 1 PC to add more value to Office 365, which you can install on up to 5 PCs and Macs.

Yeah but from what i can read on Office 365 web site Office 365 small business doesn't come with the on demande desktop apps. Only web based core apps. No outlook. Eh !

I installed the free upgrade deal on my laptop for Windows 8. I'll withhold my dealings and feelings on this until I can work it out.

ok.. what I will say at this point is; I went from the 1 user/ 2 pc license of my office 2010 home and office to a 1 user/1 pc license for 2013.

I guess and hope they'll change this licensing scheme but won't hold my breath

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