Microsoft: You can use Office 365 Home Premium for work ... possibly

A week ago today, Microsoft officially launched Office 365 Home Premium, offering users a way to access full versions of Office 2013 on up to five PCs for the subscription price of $99.99 a year. Today, the company released a list of common questions from consumers about the new service that have cropped up since the launch on its Office blog.

The blog post repeats some of what we have already reported, including that Office for Mac 2011 owners can also subscribe to Office 365 Home Premium, and that if you let your subscription expire, the Office 2013 applications will go into a "read only" mode. However, there is one interesting new bit of information about the use of Office 365 Home Premium for work purposes.

Technically, this software is only supposed to be for personal use, but Microsoft's blog post does have an exception if you work from home. Microsoft says:

You may be able to use Office for work at home if your employer has licensed you appropriately through a number of work-at-home options.  If you use Office at work, it's likely you can use it at home, and with Office 365 Home Premium, you would just sign in with your OrgID.  If you're uncertain, your best bet is to ask your employer.

Small business owners will have to wait until February 27th for Microsoft to launch the new Office 365 service for their workspace. Microsoft says, "It has a lot of the same capabilities, cloud connections and social features as Office 365 Home Premium and includes email from your domain, business-grade collaboration and a web site for your business."

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In terms of actually stopping home users doing a bit of light work the license agreement is completely impractical and unenforceable. Most users probably won't even notice or care.

What the license restriction does effectively do is stop a full-scale business running off the Home Premium version, as they are much more likely to be found out and be worth pursuing.

Yes, it is rather hard to think of using Office 365 (in the vaporous cloud) on a tablet doing any kind of serious work in a typical corporate office setting. The form factors are just wrong.

TsarNikky said,
Yes, it is rather hard to think of using Office 365 (in the vaporous cloud) on a tablet doing any kind of serious work in a typical corporate office setting. The form factors are just wrong.

In my office I have a desk, two 22" monitors etc., etc. and of course it is better than work on a laptop or a Tablet but... I cannot carry my monitors on a trip or on a plane. Be productive while on the move is the idea behind laptops since their inception and, at least for me, my Convertible Tablet has offered a much greater experience than a laptop since 2002, when I switched format.

Office 365 is great!!! been loving it so far.

Btw - people are going to use it for work purposes anyway. They don't really have a way to check that. I do think they need to simplify the subscription model though.

I got the Home Premium 365. It works out to $20 a year on each of my PCs and Mcs, so I think it's worth it. The 20 GB extra space on Skydrive and the Skype minutes are a nice bonus.

Funny, is not it ??

A software meant for office purpose, named "Office", has a version, that too paid, which cant be used for Office use..

I think all Office version should be allowed to use for Office use as otherwise why even name it Office ??

They could get rid of the cheaper Home version... but I'm not sure how that would benefit home users. After all they would never go the other way and scrap the commercial version.