Office 365 Home Premium apps move to 'read only' when subscription ends

While Microsoft is still selling stand-alone versions of the new Office 2013 software suite that are made for one PC only, the company is really hyping up the use of its new Office 365 Home Premium cloud-based service, which gives users a way to install the software on up to five PCs or Macs in exchange for a $99.99 a year fee (there is a one month free trial).

ZDNet.com reports that, according to a statement from Microsoft, users will be reminded just before their time ends, via email and messages and inside the applications, that their Office 365 Home Premium subscription is ending soon.

Once that day arrives, Microsoft says the Office 365 applications will be able to still open and print existing files but they won't be able to be edited, nor can new files be created until the person renews the subscription. If any documents that have been create via Office 365 Home Premium have been saved to a user's SkyDrive account, those files can still be downloaded to another PC.

Source: ZDNet.com | Image via Microsoft

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People need to remember this only applies to the desktop apps. Since everyone who has 365 has a Microsoft account you have access to the Google Docs alternative, Office on Skydrive and edit and create basic documents there. So it isn't necessarily a dead end if you stop paying and realize you need to finish typing up that paper. Since it most likely would be on your Skydrive by then, just log onto Skydrive and finish up the paper there. No need to move to an alternative if it ends because you already have a pretty decent one that seems comparable if not better than alternatives (formatting wise anyways). So it doesn't really make sense to jump ship to Google Docs when you have something like it already that works better.

Subscription software. Rent to use and pay every year. No thanks. take your subscription fees and stuff them. I will stick with my Office 2010. Far better anyways.

Look at it another way*. For $119/year for the Office 365 Home Premium SKU (Includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access) you get the ability to install the software on five computers. The equivalent SKU that has the same programs is the Office Professional 2013 SKU for $599 and it gives you one non-transferrable license. To cover the same five computers, you're looking at $2,995 for a perpetual license. This license also only covers you for Office 2013; the next version would cost you that again, whereas the next version under the Office 365 Home Premium SKU would be a free upgrade, providing your subscription is still current.

You also get the ability to "stream" Office 2013 onto a device you don't own so you can still use it when you're away (Such as an Internet café or a friend's place, uni, etc.).

Which one's better value again?

* Comparisons made with Australian pricing, so adjust to reflect your market.

Still my Office 2010. I use Word, Excel, and sometimes Powerpoint. The rest is worthless to me. I have 2 windows pcs, a Mac and an Ipad. Why pay for crap you do not use? For 95% of all consumer use, non business and guessing at the numbers, I highly doubt they use any of the options in word that is not found in Wordpad.
For sharing, what little I share, I use my private ftp server. I keep the shortcut for it on my flash drive. I can use it on most other pcs without issue.
Now if you want to shell out the money year after year for that mess then go ahead. I will not nor would I recommend that to most others either.

This is great! Read-only mode is wayyyy better than not being able to access your documents at all (like Adobe CreativeCloud does). Great move MS.

Does any one know if Office 365 installation will remove my Office 2007 Installation.

And Strangely I am not offered Skype Free minutes with my trial version of Office 365. (I am from Pakistan)

It won't uninstall old versions, you can run them side by side.

I don't think the Skype minutes are included in the trial, otherwise people would abuse that

Nice! Read only option will come handy for many people when the subscription ends.

What I wonder is what will happen to the 20GB extra SkyDrive space. Most likely will also expire with your subscription, but what happens in the case that are filled with data?

I would think that if your data exceeds your limit prior to purchasing 365 you wouldn't be able to add anymore files. I don't see Microsoft freezing access to your entire Skydrive account because of it.

Directly from the Office 365 FAQ:
"What happens to the documents I have stored in SkyDrive when my subscription expires?

Your documents will remain accessible to share and download. If you have reached your free 7 GB storage limit, you won't be able to add any further documents You will have the option to access and edit your documents saved on SkyDrive using Office Web Apps. or edit documents and upload the edited version. You may save your SkyDrive documents to another computer or disk drive at any time. "

Omega Point said,
Directly from the Office 365 FAQ:
"What happens to the documents I have stored in SkyDrive when my subscription expires?

Your documents will remain accessible to share and download. If you have reached your free 7 GB storage limit, you won't be able to add any further documents You will have the option to access and edit your documents saved on SkyDrive using Office Web Apps. or edit documents and upload the edited version. You may save your SkyDrive documents to another computer or disk drive at any time. "


That answer was definitively not there when I checked earlier today lool.
Thanks for posting it

tell em they're dreamin!

No way I'd pay an ongoing fee, let alone $99 per year. That would even make me re-consider google docs!

dvb2000 said,
tell em they're dreamin!

No way I'd pay an ongoing fee, let alone $99 per year. That would even make me re-consider google docs!

Well you still have the choice to buy the standalone version instead of the subscription version...