Microsoft today announced the launch of its latest Office software suite, updating its applications for Windows machines to new 2013 versions and launching a new Office 365 subscription option.

While the $ 99-per-year Office 365 option allows for installation on up to five computers, Mac users will continue to receive Office 2011 applications until an updated version of Office for Mac becomes available. Office for Mac versions typically follow about 12-18 months behind their Windows counterparts.

Office 365 Home Premium is available in 162 markets in 21 languages and includes the following:

– The latest and most complete set of Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access

– One license for the entire household to use Office on up to five devices, including Windows tablets, PCs or Macs, and Office on Demand available from any Internet-connected PC

– An additional 20 GB of SkyDrive cloud storage, nearly three times the amount available with a free SkyDrive account

– 60 free Skype world calling minutes per month to call mobile phones, landlines or PCs around the world

– Future upgrades, so you always use the latest time-saving technology


Office 365 Home Premium is priced at $ 9.99 per month or $ 99 per year, while college and university students, faculty, and staff are eligible for Office 365 University priced at $ 79.99 for a four-year subscription.

Aside from the Office 365 subscription plans, Windows users are also offered the option of standalone Office 2013 packages including Office Home & Student ($ 139.99), Office Home & Business ($ 219.99), and Office Professional ($ 399.99). There are no ongoing costs with the standalone installations, and a version of Office typically remains current for three years.

Office for Mac 2011 also remains available as a standalone purchase, and users who purchase Office 2011 for Mac between October 19, 2012 and April 30, 2013 can shift over to a one-year Office 365 subscription free of charge.

I got 99 Problems but Office ain’t one.
Who needs to keep their Office updated anyway? They will just have the same functions, just an different UI:p

The Office at my workplace’s PC is still 2003:p:p:p

Word and Excel are basically the same product from the 90s.
Anyone who thinks iWork or any other office replacement is a viable alternative to MS Office simply isn’t a power user of excel. That doesn’t absolve MS of responsibility though, since the Mac version of Excel is awful.

MS is smart in this case. They know Excel is essentially required in business and keep the Mac version bad enough that people won’t switch.

As a home user I would not spend $ 99/year to keep my Office subscription. I’d move to iWork at that point. I paid the home price for 2011 when it came out and intend to keep using it.

Anyone who thinks iWork or any other office replacement is a viable alternative to MS Office simply isn’t a power user of excel. That doesn’t absolve MS of responsibility though, since the Mac version of Excel is awful.

MS is smart in this case. They know Excel is essentially required in business and keep the Mac version bad enough that people won’t switch.

A bigger issue is people use Excel as a database. Its not a database!

Open Office for Mac would be a nice choice too, at least it’s free.

Open Office is Open Ugly though.

I wonder if it’s an issue of patents. I find it incredible how the back end of Numbers hasn’t been updated to be better than Excell in 20 years. I say back end, because I think the UI and usability of Numbers is much better than excell. as far as pages and keynote go, they are way better than microsoft office IMO.

Its not just Numbers..

Apple have stopped major updates to the majority of their consumer software products. When was the last time iLife was updated (iPhoto, garage band, iMovie, iWeb ( discontinued ) and iWork? Years. Its just bug fixes, updates to support iCloud and smaller functionality updates here and there.

A bigger issue is people use Excel as a database. Its not a database!

Thank you! I can’t stand it when people try to use Excel for a database.

Anyone who thinks iWork or any other office replacement is a viable alternative to MS Office simply isn’t a power user of excel. That doesn’t absolve MS of responsibility though, since the Mac version of Excel is awful.

MS is smart in this case. They know Excel is essentially required in business and keep the Mac version bad enough that people won’t switch.

Have some perspective. Most users don’t even use 10% of Word or Excel’s features. Yes Excel (even the Mac version) has many more features than iWork, but that doesn’t mean that iWork doesn’t meet the needs of a large amount of Office users.

And I don’t think the Excel version is bad enough that people won’t switch. Most don’t even know if it’s that bad. I don’t find it particularly worse than the Windows versions – at least I can turn off the ribbon. But I’m not an Excel power user like many.

To me it feels like Microsoft is throwing away money by not offering an iPad version.

I wouldn’t need it, but I’m sure there are plenty of business customers who would pay for a native version.

I agree. They could be making millions.

Why use office? I use Apple Pages, it’s cheaper and does everything I need it to do. Probably better too.

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