Time to 365: Microsoft confirms Office coming January 29th

Everyone who has been following Office news this past week would already know that January 29th is the day for the retail Office 2013 release, but a new teaser website posted by Microsoft themselves has confirmed our thoughts. Titled "Time to 365", Microsoft is stating that their Office 365 subscription service will be coming January 29th, undoubtedly alongside the retail boxes for standard Office 2013.

For regular consumers, Office 365 will start at $99 per year with the basic set of applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote), while you should be able to grab a non-subscription version of Office 2013 for $139. There are also a variety of other SKUs on offer, including a full blown Professional Plus suite (for volume licensees only) that will cost $499.

The Office Twitter account has also posted up some teaser images from an event that they're planning, which looks like it will be hosted in Bryant Park, New York City on January 29th to launch Office 2013.

Source: Microsoft via: WinBeta | Thanks for the tip, JonesTheGreat

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I love the option of buying a full retail copy of Microsoft Office 2010 now and then being able to upgrade it to a time-bombed version of Office 365 for free. Then I get to pay full price again next year to renew so I can continue using it. I love giving away my money to Microsoft.

So you mean that you can redeem 365 and then if you don't renew the subscription, you can keep using 2010? Wouldn't 365 installation overwrite 2010? I would rather do the 2013 option and keep business use as well.

Simon- said,
So you mean that you can redeem 365 and then if you don't renew the subscription, you can keep using 2010? Wouldn't 365 installation overwrite 2010? I would rather do the 2013 option and keep business use as well.

I might be wrong but as far as I remember you could always install different.versions of office side by side.

GP007 said,

I might be wrong but as far as I remember you could always install different.versions of office side by side.

For sure you can have 2013 and 2010; I have it....
What you could not have was Outlook 2010 and 2007 running on the same machine.

DAOWAce said,
..or people can use open office for free?

I really don't understand companies making decisions like this.

You need more experience when it comes to corporate environments.

Open Office is an outdated toy compared to Microsoft Office.

How often I should try Open Office again and notice "Damn! It can't do this." And I am only a free time user, not a professional. All my tries with Open Office ends with this result.

DAOWAce said,
..or people can use open office for free?

I really don't understand companies making decisions like this.

I really don't understand people making comments like this, when they obviously have little experience in what they are talking about (note, I'm talking about the whole business use issue, where MS Office kills anything else with features and speed).

DAOWAce said,
..or people can use open office for free?

I really don't understand companies making decisions like this.

Because dealing with Open Office day to day would cost them more than MS Office does. Just ask the companies that went with Linux, it's not only about the initial price you pay. Also working in OO oder Libre Office feels like the stone age, I'll gladly pay 100€ every three years to avoid them.

Wonder why they delay the official release that much. I don't even remember when they released it on MSDN like months ago.

On a side note, why on earth are people talking about Win7 SP2 and bringing start menu for Win8 on an article about Office. I wish someone would create a troll central where all the morons can go and post their pointless crap so the rest of us who are genuinely interested in these types of news can read and comment on a more constructive level. Wonder if that guy lives with his mom still.

Obry said,
Wonder why they delay the official release that much. I don't even remember when they released it on MSDN like months ago.

I think it has something to do with the work that had to go into the 365 stuff, meaning server upgrades and so on.

99$ for up to 5 installs, or 140$ for 2 installs. If you can find 4 other people to install on their devices, that's 20$ a device. If they don't pay you can always deactivate their copy, lol. It isn't bad though IMO. That's 20$ a device vs 70$ a device. The usual cycle for Office is about 3 years or so right now, so that's 300$ in subscriptions you'd pay to MS, and if the upgrade comes early, you'd pay the same amount from what I understand. For 5 devices for 3 years, that's about 315$ (before tax, not sure if you can tax the subscription though), but you miss out on any extras included, like the 60 minutes of Skype per month that's supposedly included with Office as well and other updates. I've found other people to share an office subscription within my family, and we're just gonna split the cost, so it becomes really inexpensive for us to have the latest Office from MS with this.

sdreamer said,
99$ for up to 5 installs, or 140$ for 2 installs. If you can find 4 other people to install on their devices, that's 20$ a device. If they don't pay you can always deactivate their copy, lol. It isn't bad though IMO. That's 20$ a device vs 70$ a device. The usual cycle for Office is about 3 years or so right now, so that's 300$ in subscriptions you'd pay to MS, and if the upgrade comes early, you'd pay the same amount from what I understand. For 5 devices for 3 years, that's about 315$ (before tax, not sure if you can tax the subscription though), but you miss out on any extras included, like the 60 minutes of Skype per month that's supposedly included with Office as well and other updates. I've found other people to share an office subscription within my family, and we're just gonna split the cost, so it becomes really inexpensive for us to have the latest Office from MS with this.

Only problem with this SKU is that you cannot use it for anything related to business, well at least theorically you cannot.
The small business one is interesting because include Exchange although the license is per user, not per five devices. Right now, if I remember correctly, Exchange through 365 is $6.50 per month.
Not sold to the renting concept though.

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