Microsoft ups Free Cloud Storage

Microsoft just announced that it is now offering OneDrive users 15GB of free cloud storage, up from the previous 7GB. This let’s Microsoft keep pace with Google.

Also, to encourage more users to try their Office 365 online solution at $9.99/mo, Microsoft is bundling in 1TB of cloud storage for those users. That’s up from 20GB.

More information on Microsoft’s free cloud storage can be found at https://onedrive.live.com

 


 

Office 365 Personal Edition

Just announced by Microsoft is their Office 365 Personal Edition. It’s basically Office 365 but now in a single-user version.

Office 365 Personal Edition will let the user install Office 365 on one PC/Mac and one tablet. Pricing is reported to be $69.99 per year or $6.99 per month.

Office 365 Home is still here too, priced at $99.99 per year but allowing installations on up to 5 PCs/Macs, and 5 smartphones.

This pretty well completes Microsoft’s move to offer everything they have in a subscription model. How well the marketplace responds to this is yet to be seen but Microsoft certainly isn’t the first to pursue recurring payments from customers for products and services.

Our recommendation? If you’re a home user make sure you explore all your licensing possibilities especially if you have a student living with you as there are special student options. If you’re a business you have many options for licensing and renting (yes, you can rent server and desktop software on a month-to-month basis), so talk to a Microsoft licensing professional to get more information before you act.

 


 

Say Goodbye to Office 2003

Most people by this time have at least heard that Windows XP will be end-of-life this spring, but what many people don’t know is that Office 2003 is also slated to be retired. This means that similar to Windows XP, there will be no more patches or bug fixes for Office 2003.

For those of you operating in a regulated industry where minimum security requirements exist – or any business in Massachusetts where 201 CMR 17 requires computers to be patched, it’s time to start planning on your transition.