Microsoft: Office 365 Home Premium brings in over one million subscribers

Microsoft's launch of Office 365 Home Premium in late January has been a big hit for the company, at least according to their numbers. Today, Microsoft announced that over one million subscriptions have been registered for Office 365 Home Premium, the consumer version of its cloud software service, in just over 100 days.

Microsoft's news post on its Office blog also says that "the new Office" has become its "best-selling" version of Office ever, with an average of over one copy sold every second so far; it did not offer any specific sales figures.

In a footnote at the end of the post, Microsoft says that when describing "the new Office", it includes Office 365 subscriptions, along with sales of of its stand alone Office 2013 suites (Office Home & Student 2013, Office Home & Business 2013, Office Standard 2013, Office Professional 2013). The one million figure is only for the Office 365 Home Premium, which means that Microsoft has sold well over 1 million Office products since launch.

Microsoft has said it would like to move every Office user from the standard retail packaged software format to a cloud-based service at some point but added that it will likely take some time for that transition to happen. With the company already signing up over one million users for Office 365 Home Premium, it would appear that it is moving to that cloud-based software future pretty quickly.

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I got the University edition which offers a 4 year subscription for less than the price of one year of home premium. It is a great suit of apps and should serve me well throughout my GEM course.

I've been quite happy with it. Biggest thing for me is I can use a lot of software I normally wouldn't have access to, enabling me to learn, experiment, etc. As much as I used to love Open Office, I've yet to have a job where that was preferred or even an option/alternative to Microsoft Office (ymmv). So, its been a good investment for me

Currently trying to learn Access

Office 365 is great.

For those who still want the standalone versions, just so you know, you'll be left behind when they start updating the products at faster rates. It says that on product pages and on their blogs. With Office 365, you'll always have the newest version, whereas with the standalone versions, they won't be getting those more frequent major updates (but you might be able to pay for probably, they haven't really specified).

Stand alone versions will also get updates like the upcomming Gemini and other updates. They will be left behind as soon as Office 2016 (v16) will be available. And then they still have the 10 years during support.

j2006 said,
Office 365 is great.

For those who still want the standalone versions, just so you know, you'll be left behind when they start updating the products at faster rates. It says that on product pages and on their blogs. With Office 365, you'll always have the newest version, whereas with the standalone versions, they won't be getting those more frequent major updates (but you might be able to pay for probably, they haven't really specified).

Mostly it just bug fixes or updates that I am not really affected by. So for me, no big deal really.

Cool, I know a few people using this and they love it. I still prefer not putting my data in the cloud tho and would rather have Office 2013 (which I use and own).

And this is only for Office 365 and does not include boxed copies or copies for corporations. Otherwise, the number would be much more than one million.

The one million figure is only for the Office 365 Home Premium, which means that Microsoft has sold well over 1 million Office products since launch.

Edited by techbeck, May 29 2013, 7:46pm :

techbeck said,
Cool, I know a few people using this and they love it. I still prefer not putting my data in the cloud tho and would rather have Office 2013 (which I use and own).

You do know that there is no difference between how Office 365 and Office 2013 stores the data - it still goes to SkyDrive if you wish, or your local HDD if you wish. Both of them have the program code stored on a server and download. The only difference is that 365 is available to multiple computers, 2013 is for one computer. 365 is downloaded for all computers online, 2013 can be burned to a disk.

Yup, but I also like to own, not rent, my software or have to go thru a subscription service. Why I also said I would rather have Office 2013.

techbeck said,
Yup, but I also like to own, not rent, my software or have to go thru a subscription service. Why I also said I would rather have Office 2013.

You wont see me responding to you anymore.

So take care...have a good day.


Only took you a couple hours to break that promise.

*sigh* Another example of of you not reading or just quoting text that suits your needs/agenda. I said if all you are going to do is accuse me of saying something I did not, then I will not reply. Meaning, if you keep it civil I have no problems. So, any further replies to your troll comment will not be replied to. And if you keep this up, you will be my first person I have ignore.

later.

techbeck said,
*sigh* Another example of of you not reading or just quoting text that suits your needs/agenda. I said if all you are going to do is accuse me of saying something I did not, then I will not reply. Meaning, if you keep it civil I have no problems. So, any further replies to your troll comment will not be replied to. And if you keep this up, you will be my first person I have ignore.

later.

You are claiming that I am accusing you of saying something you didn't, and if I do that then you will not reply to me. And yet, here you are replying to me.

Your promises are as good as Google's "Do no evil" promise.

Queue the usual people with the usual list of excuses - they are counting copies on shelves, most of those people downgraded, Ballmer bought all those copies, Microsoft is lying and only sold 18 copies - to explain why Office is doing better than Google Docs or Apple iWork

SoylentG said,
Queue the usual people with the usual list of excuses - they are counting copies on shelves, most of those people downgraded, Ballmer bought all those copies, Microsoft is lying and only sold 18 copies - to explain why Office is doing better than Google Docs or Apple iWork

Have you read the article before starting the usual, useless whining? It is about subscriptions, not boxed copies......

Fritzly said,

Have you read the article before starting the usual, useless whining? It is about subscriptions, not boxed copies......

I bought my subscription by ordering off of Amazon, who sent me a boxed copy with a card inside. Even with that, obviously **you** did not read the article, as it states:

In a footnote at the end of the post, Microsoft says that when describing "the new Office", it includes Office 365 subscriptions, along with sales of of its stand alone Office 2013 suites

It very plainly says subscriptions AND stand alone, not just subscription as you claim. But you can use your comment as a starting place for the excuses - is it a subscription sold online, or a subscription in a box with a keycard, or boxed copies on shelves?

Thats only when describing the new Office do they mean 365 and the boxed 2013. The OP states the following right under...

The one million figure is only for the Office 365 Home Premium, which means that Microsoft has sold well over 1 million Office products since launch.

and below that...

With the company already signing up over one million users for Office 365 Home Premium, it would appear that it is moving to that cloud-based software future pretty quickly.

SoylentG said,

I bought my subscription by ordering off of Amazon, who sent me a boxed copy with a card inside. Even with that, obviously **you** did not read the article, as it states:

It very plainly says subscriptions AND stand alone, not just subscription as you claim. But you can use your comment as a starting place for the excuses - is it a subscription sold online, or a subscription in a box with a keycard, or boxed copies on shelves?

Do not get confused, I cannot care less for excuses or whining. I use Office 2013, boxed copy, not a subscription, and if and when I comment about it I do not have the need to bring in the conversation other software offered by competing companies just to brag about it.

As for reading the article I have read it thoroughly and in fact, at least based on what the writer states, "over one million subscribers" is referring to the people who opted to rent it. When talking about "new Office" which includes both subscriptions and boxed copies there is no mention of exact numbers, just a mention about "best selling version ever".

Fritzly said,

Do not get confused, I cannot care less for excuses or whining.


Except when you are the one doing it.


I use Office 2013, boxed copy, not a subscription, and if and when I comment about it I do not have the need to bring in the conversation other software offered by competing companies just to brag about it.

Yeah, I know. Everybody can use competing products as a comparison, but when someone does it that is favorable towards Microsoft, then it is off limits. Of course, you never whine about them doing it, but we know how the game is played.

As for reading the article I have read it thoroughly and in fact, at least based on what the writer states, "over one million subscribers" is referring to the people who opted to rent it. When talking about "new Office" which includes both subscriptions and boxed copies there is no mention of exact numbers, just a mention about "best selling version ever".

Read it thoroughly enough to completely miss what was written in the source post and in this article. But you need to try to blame it on someone else, I get it.

Well, right now there's no excuse for them to be growing. Best Buy is giving away a year free with the purchase of a touchscreen laptop or all-in-one.

It's a way to lock users in to a subscription software model, to have a constant stream of income and battle piracy. If I use software, I want to purchase it, not rent it into eternity!

Co-ords said,
It's a way to lock users in to a subscription software model, to have a constant stream of income and battle piracy. If I use software, I want to purchase it, not rent it into eternity!

So buy it then? They haven't gotten rid of the regular stand-alone copies. If I had to use Office on a few more PCs i'd get this, 5 installs of your choice for a low price in the end, it's a deal.

It just makes me think of what M$ is doing to their business customers... and it's not a good thing at all! Locking in companies that are forced to update at the whim of M$. I think Bill has enough money!

Co-ords said,
It just makes me think of what M$ is doing to their business customers... and it's not a good thing at all! Locking in companies that are forced to update at the whim of M$. I think Bill has enough money!

Do you think that App£€ and Tim Cook have enough money? What about Goog£€ and Eric Schmidt, do they have enough money? Is Goog£€ forcing monthly fees to use Goog£€ Docs locking in their business customers?

Of course, Microsoft sells standalone versions of the Office programs, but rather then buy those, you would rather have something to complain about.

GP007 said,

So buy it then? They haven't gotten rid of the regular stand-alone copies. If I had to use Office on a few more PCs i'd get this, 5 installs of your choice for a low price in the end, it's a deal.

Considering how MS has increased the price, while limiting the bonuses, of the boxed Office people are obviously oriented to subscribe..... It will be interesting to see, once this new model will become predominant, how people will deal with subscription prices increase.

I would have bought a subscription if my employer didn't take part in the Home Use Program. I was able to nab a copy of Office 2013 Pro for $10 that can be installed on 2 devices. That covers the wife and myself.

I have 2 other devices that I can live without Office on, but down the line if I need it the subscription is the better option. For homes with multiple devices, this is a heck of a deal to cover up to 5 machines.

In most cases, users will receive the next version before they covered the cost of buying 4 or 5 individual copies of Office.

Edited by zeke009, May 29 2013, 7:43pm :