Office 365 retail packaging spotted, January 29th launch looks golden

Microsoft is gearing up to make it easier to purchase subscriptions to Office 365 and one of our eagle eyed readers in Canada spotted the retail packaging at Future Shop in Canada. 

You can see the artwork in the images above and below along with the resepective pricing for the packages; we should note that the price is in Candian dollars.

One interesting tidbit we can take away from the retail listing is that all of these packages have a pre-order release date of January 29th which lines up nicely to the rumors we had been previously hearing

It looks like you are able to pre-order the goods now if you are in Canada but we suspect that Microsoft will be announcing these products very soon if you do not want to give Future Shop your cold hard cash.

 

Now that we have Office release timeline all but confirmed, we hope that Microsoft will provide more information on the Surface Pro launch that we have all eagerly been waiting to hear about.

View: Office 365 at Future Shop

Thanks for the tip Lachlan!

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So how does that Office 365 University edition work? For 79.99 does it give me full access to Office 365 cloud services (Exchange email, SharePoint?) and a full set of desktop apps?

I'm sort of confused, because for a while I thought Office 365 was JUST the cloud-based component of office, and also that it was for Small Businesses and up. The only component of Office 365 that was made available free to the general public are the Office Web Apps that run only in Skydrive.

I think you get the whole desktop apps installed on demand. You just "rent" them instead of buying them. You get some cloud services too.

My main confusion is that Office 365 is supposed to be a pay per month thing, and here i see a retail box for $79.99. So what happens to the pay per month elements? Do I get unlimited access to them?

My second confusion is that Office 365 is currently an enterprise class cloud solution, featuring Exchange and Sharepoint. What enterprise features will be dropped when purchasing Office 365 Retail for home or university?

??? It says right on the box that it's $79 for four years for the University edition (for two users/machines). Once you're out of school, you're supposed to migrate to the Home Premium, which is $99 a year (for five users/machines).

Julius Caro said,
I think its supposed to be 79.99 for 4 years? the university edition I mean

Gotcha, I can't see the box properly or open the full site at the moment.
Note that I'm still confused about my second point (the "enterprise class" portion).

You're confused for good reason - Office 365 used to be just what you said, a business-focused set of cloud services, but they changed it. The "business" versions of Office 365 now include the Office client apps themselves (along with the services they included before) and they've added "home" versions which include just the apps and not the services (or rather they replace the services with random stuff like Skype minutes).

contextfree said,
You're confused for good reason - Office 365 used to be just what you said, a business-focused set of cloud services, but they changed it. The "business" versions of Office 365 now include the Office client apps themselves (along with the services they included before) and they've added "home" versions which include just the apps and not the services (or rather they replace the services with random stuff like Skype minutes).

Hmm, well the Web Apps are already free. I guess the advantage then is free upgrades to the next client version of Office for 4 years?

Yes, it is confusing indeed. Another unclear point is if it is true that the "boxed" edition will be transferable or not; in other words: I buy the boxed edition at launch and install it on my Tablet PC, after six months I buy another Tablet PC; will I be able to uninstall Office from the old one and re-install it on the new one? So far MS has not clarified it...

Fritzly said,
Yes, it is confusing indeed. Another unclear point is if it is true that the "boxed" edition will be transferable or not; in other words: I buy the boxed edition at launch and install it on my Tablet PC, after six months I buy another Tablet PC; will I be able to uninstall Office from the old one and re-install it on the new one? So far MS has not clarified it...

It's not confusing. You get 5 licenses that you can install on any PC/Tablet/Mac... Just like all their software (excluding operating systems) you can uninstall it and install it on another. You can install it on up to 5 devices and move it to others as long as you don't go over 5 devices.

j2006 said,

It's not confusing. You get 5 licenses that you can install on any PC/Tablet/Mac... Just like all their software (excluding operating systems) you can uninstall it and install it on another. You can install it on up to 5 devices and move it to others as long as you don't go over 5 devices.

Please check what I wrote: "Boxed editions" not "rental" ones....

Either the picture or the text at future shop is wrong. "New! Office 365 Home Premium (PC/Mac) - English - 1 Year","Features Word, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher and Access."

yes, I know the blog about 365 Home premium, http://blogs.office.com/b/offi...s-and-small-businesses.aspx "All the Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, and Publisher.*" But wherefrom this future shop get the box with the label "Familie Premium" and without Acces and Publisher? It can't be the Mac Version, because the blog say "OneNote, Access and Publisher available for PC only." but OneNote is on the package picture. No, I think we must wait until it's available in the MS store.

I honestly think this will be a complete disaster. Retail store employees are too dumb to care to tell people what these retail products do.

I see a lot of people buying these, thinking they're cheap, only to get home and realise they need to keep paying.

unless this "yearly-office-rent" will keep reminding the users to pay subscriptions
or they face the consquence that they would lose the data on skydrive & the right to use the product,
we'll see peoples complaining that their years worth of works are simply gone.

and don't forget
by 'buy' I mean 'renting' the product,
users must agree to not class-action suit against Microsoft.


anyway i dub this Office 365 as "YOR, yearly-office-rent"

20GB on top of what you have already with Skydrive, I believe - so if you have a new one, it will be 27GB and if you have an old one I imagine it would be 45GB.

I could be wrong though.

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