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.