Microsoft Office 2013 Announcement

Microsoft have announced the Office 2013 is just around the corner. The new version of Office been styled to match that of Windows 8,in terms of user interface: Like Office 365 Microsoft plan to Office on a subscription type service.

The subscription price wasn’t revealed when Microsoft first first unveiled Office 2013, but now we know the Office 2013 Home Premium version should cost about: $8.33 a month or $99.95 a year. This should include all the client software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and etc), but as a subscriber you are now entitled to all updates and the web portal should you want to use it. Microsoft also plan place to continually updated their library of templates.

Microsoft has decided to throw in 20GB of cloud storage in the form of SkyDrive with each subscription as well as 60 minutes on Skype each month. Each subscription allows you to install Office 2013 on 5 devices (PC or Mac).

Office 2013Microsoft haven’t forgotten about Small Businesses and have introduced Office 365 Small Business Premium, this is priced at $12.50 per month or $149.99 a year. This edition is similar to the Home Premium edition but is limited to a single user but also includes Microsoft’s SharePoint, Lync and Exchange services.

Microsoft’s decision to adopt a subscription model was a natural one, it lowers the barrier to adopt it and it lower enough to deter users from buying a pirated version. For those traditionalist who like the idea of a one time purchase then they’re covered as well ($219.99 for Home and Business edition, $399.99 for Professional edition), although I expect most users to opt for the subscription model as it makes more sense.

“We have invested heavily in new streaming technology for delivering Office to PCs. It will stream incredibly quickly, and users will be able to use the each of the components while it is streaming. It streams in a minutes and then behaves like a regular version of Office. Offline or Online, the experience is the same so its designed for mobility.”

On Windows RT, devices will come with Office (Office 365) pre-loaded and you won’t need a subscription on those devices to use the application, but to access subscription content you will have to start paying. There are a number of differences about Office 365 on RT devices and even updates for RT Devices will be rolled out at a different rate.

2013 today

If you’re like me and you can’t wait for the official launch of Office 2013 then sign up for the preview of Office 2013 today. Also if you purchase a copy of Home Premium edition, then you will get your 1st year of your Office subscription for free, and for those on the Small Business edition, you will get 3 months for free.

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