Microsoft to update Office 365 Home Premium so it can be shared with household members

Microsoft has been quite busy on the Office 365 front, including an offer that could give students access to Office 365 Pro Plus for free. Today, Microsoft revealed a number of updates on Office 365 related products, including some new options to share Office 365 Home Premium with others.

In a press release sent to Neowin, Microsoft announced that starting in December, each subscriber to Office 365 Home Premium will be able to share it with up to four other members of their household. Microsoft stated:

Each household member can use any of the available installs on their PCs, Macs, or mobile devices, get an additional 20 GB of SkyDrive storage, and manage their own installs from their “My Account” page.

Users of Microsoft's free Office Web Apps can now enjoy two new features immediately. One of them allows for auto-saving documents when using the Word Web App. The other new addition is the previously announced real-time co-authoring feature. Multiple users will now be able to collaborate and edit documents with the Word, PowerPoint and Excel Web Apps.

Business users of Office 365 will now see a new integration of the company's Yammer division. Starting now, all business Office 365 plans come with Yammer Enterprise, and current customers can now get Yammer Enterprise licenses. Also, Office 365 business users won't have to purchase individual new licenses for external users within their external company networks.

Source: Microsoft email press release | Image via Microsoft

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It has always been possible to install onto five devices not only your own but other members of the family.

But they had to sign in with the same account, share the same sky drive.

They should all get their own within the space provided, once added to the account they shouldn't need to log into the parent office account again.

They had to sign in with the same account for what? Are you talking about to manage the Office installs, to manage who/what PC/Macs/devices have Office installed? If yes, then that is true.

yes, which of course is the responsibility of the account holder I understand that.

But they still share the same cloud space and suchlike.

stevember said,
yes, which of course is the responsibility of the account holder I understand that.

But they still share the same cloud space and suchlike.

Not for me. When you install the software it installs from the primary account and then that install is linked to a PC in your dashboard. Any user on that PC has native access to office using their own office account / customizations.

I have office 365 on 5 pcs and 2 tablets and all copies work with the local users skydrive and office/live account.

I know for a fact that having 5 PC/Mac installs that can be shared with among household members isn't new. I spoke to Microsoft about the details of that back in February or March while considering Office 365 Premium. What I asked about at the time is what happens if a member of your household is away at school or visiting a relative? For example, what if a son or daughter is away at college? Or another example is my daughter went and stayed with my parents for the summer. She is definitely a member of our household, but was at a different IP address. Microsoft basically told me that they assume the same household is the same house, i.e. same IP address. They wouldn't give me a straight answer as to whether I would have a problem if a member of the household was physically at a different location.

Excellent updates! That's awesome that now each member of the family can get 20gb extra each! Also now Home Premium includes 10 devices!!! (5 PCs/Macs and 5 mobile devices... crazy).

revanmj said,
It included 5 PCs / Macs and 5 mobile devices before. Nothing new.

At first thought, I reckon they're changing the sharing model from devices to people.

REALTIME COLLAB YESSS FINALLY THANK YOU MICROSOFT!! seriously, it's been so frustrating telling people ms office web apps exist but people can't have live coauthoring.

kidjenius said,
REALTIME COLLAB YESSS FINALLY THANK YOU MICROSOFT!! seriously, it's been so frustrating telling people ms office web apps exist but people can't have live coauthoring.

That, right there, is a Google Docs killer. Looking forward to see what Google will come up with as a new differential to tighten the competition.