Office 2013 doesn't yet have a confirmed release date, but the subscription versions for consumers and small business now have pricing. Which packages are available and what do they cost?
The official Office blog today revealed the planned subscription prices for Office, which are quoted in US dollars but will apply across "227 markets worldwide" for consumers and "86 markets worldwide" for small businesses. Both subscription versions include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access and Publisher, will incorporate regular feature updates, and will offer a 30-day free trial. These are the options available:
- Office 365 Home Premium: costs $US99 a year (this equates to $US8.33 a month, but is billed annually). The subscription can be used across 5 separate machines (PC or Mac) with different users. You also get 60 minutes of Skype calling a month and an extra 20GB of storage on SkyDrive.
- Office 365 Small Business Premium: costs $US149.99 a year (this equates to $US12.50a month, but is billed annually). The subscription can be used across 5 separate machines (PC or Mac), but those machines must have the same user. The bundle also includes Lync, a 25GB Outlook mailbox, and online meeting features.
Microsoft will continue to sell standalone Office 2013 licences, but these will be for single users only. In the US, the simplest Home & Student Edition (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote) will cost $US139.99, the Home & Business Bundle (which adds Outlook and Access) will be $US219.99, and the Professional Edition (which adds Publisher & Access) will be $US399.99. Those prices are all lower than the current official Australian prices for the 2010 versions ($189, $279 and $499 respectively), a pattern which we suspect will repeat itself when we get official local pricing. Regardless, the pricing is clearly designed to encourage people to choose the subscription option.
We've asked Microsoft for details on how these prices will vary in Australia, and will update when we hear. Previous business versions of Office 365, which are sold through Telstra, have featured separate pricing for Australia.