It’s that time again – Microsoft is about to release Office 2013, the most recent version of their office tools and collaboration suite. Microsoft is providing two ways of licensing Office 2013…
- Perpetual license – this is the traditional way of getting Office, where you purchase a license for perpetual use
- Subscription license – this is a new option with Office 2013, where you pay a monthly licensing fee to use the suite
Perpetual licenses, like past versions of Office, are licenses that can be used for as long as you like when purchased. If you’re thinking about continuing with perpetual licensing for your company moving forward, you should be aware that Office pricing has increased by 10-17%. The home & student version of Office has increased to $140 per license, while the mainstay Office 2013 Home & Business has increased to $220. If you go with the top-level Office Professional, it will set you back $399. While these aren’t large increases, it is becoming obvious where Microsoft wants their customers to consider moving for licensing their products.
With subscription pricing, there are some unique benefits being provided by Microsoft. The first version, Office 365 Home Premium, can be installed on up to five computers and is priced at $99 per year. The second version, Small Business Premium, will be priced at $139 per year and can be installed on up to 5 devices per user. Both of the subscription versions will include Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access, Publisher and cloud storage. For users choosing Small Business Premium, Lync and more cloud storage space will be included.
The updates in pricing should be a welcome help for small and solo firms, as it provides the full Microsoft Office suite without the downsides of parting with a large amount of money up front. The suite will be available to Microsoft partners starting next month, with the general public seeing it sometime in 1Q 2013.
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