Microsoft Reveals Pricing Info for Office 365 Subscriptions

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ApathyCurve

This won't end well. Not for Microsoft, anyway.

All corporations eventually collapse under the weight of bureaucrats and incompetents, (who are often the same people). Afterwards, they either reform as a radically different company or go away entirely. It's looking more and more like it's Microsoft's time.

Everybody plug your ears; this is gonna be a really big boom...

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Mikey109105

I stick my middle finger up in Microsoft's general direction in response to this announcement that they want a laughable $99 dollars no ones going to pay a year for Office. Like others are saying, LibreOffice is much better. I still on occasion use Office 2003 which I have on my PC, but for most things I use Libre. Screw MS.

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SPreston2001

Wow seriously Micro$oft?? $99 a year for some office software?? No thanks i'll stick to the traditional one time up front cost. No way am I paying $99 a year for Office. WTF??

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xRadeon

Average office price $300.00.
Average release cycle 3 year.
Office 365 price per year 100.
100.00*3=300 (Plus skype talk time and more skydrive storage to boot)
:)

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Scatter

Did you read the part of the article where it said that standard, non cloud enabled versions will still be available at standard prices?

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jgottberg

This could be boon for small businesses (under 20 users). With no overhead of an on-site Exchange server, hardware, licensing, proper backup and restore procedures, this service would pay for itself. Being cloud based, you also don't have to manage patching the office suite since that should be done automatically. I did consulting for a number of years and definitely see a place for this in the small business arena.

For the avergage Joe at home, maybe not... As others have stated, free alternatives exist.

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Trooper_One

Almost $100 per year? Yuck, no thanks.

I got my Office 2007 Home and Student for around $130 when it first came out, and I split the cost of the three licences with two others.

I then managed to get Office 2010 Full Academic version for $100. If I'm really desperate for cloud storage there are plenty of software out there like Dropbox that'll do the job.

The good think would be the licencing and no need to worry about installing the Office into a particular device when you log on. But other than that, it'll be hard press for me to subscribe to that. Maybe, if it was cheaper.

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someuid

Probably a pretty good deal for a lot of folks. 5 copies for $99/year is a lot better than what I see some folks doing - buying two full copies at full price.

I've been using OpenOffice and LibreOffice for years so I won't go for this.

Would be nice if they had a $50/year or $25/year for a single copy without all the extra SkyDrive stuff.

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Strangelove_424

Screw that. These prices only make sense for a yearly upgrade cycle which MS can’t even keep up with themselves. New versions of office are three years apart and usually amount to GUI changes instead of adding new features. Personally I miss Office 97 and wish I never upgraded to that stupid toolbar junk. They want $120/year for consumer service when $140 buys you the entire home/student edition for LIFE. With their upgrade cycle the next major version will be 2016, so you’ll end up paying $360 for three years of consumer use… or $450 for three years of small business before the next version, which will probably amount to more stupid GUI changes anyway. Wrong software for this model, and totally wrong pricing. Who do they think they are, Adobe? (and f@ck Adobe too)

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Peanut Fox

For the full suit this is okay, though if you're the type of person who doesn't NEED the newest version of Office or who won't use most of the software in this package, Libre Office is a much better deal. I think Microsoft needs to have a home version of Office for $50 bucks that has the core components of most of the programs in this suit.

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tekknyne

You make a good point. When you talk about the suits, I picture a guy flying home on a Friday night after being gone for 2 weeks. For me, personally, I don't want anything to do with being that guy. I love my girlfriend and my fishing boat too much to envy that clown.

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Peanut Fox

I really should drop some e's in there.

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Biceps

I am ashamed to say I've never even heard of Libre Office - I use OpenOffice, which I have had quite a few compatability problems with, since MS refuses to recognize ODT files, and I always forget to save to RTF. How does Libre Office compare to Open Office.

Oh, and there is no way in heck I am paying $99/year for an application suite that hit its functional and UI peak about 6 years ago. It makes me think that the entire reason the software industry is pushing everyone from local storage to the cloud is simply so they can charge you annual and monthly fees for anything and everything you do on your computer.

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Peanut Fox

I will tell you that I've never really used either to a serious capacity. I've had them both installed on my machine, and switched to Libre Office a few months ago, and like it more than Open Office.

My father who uses office applications several times a week was using Open Office before I gave him my old rig. I got him all setup and left him with Libre Office, and he much prefer it to Open Office.

In a nutshell Open Office is a bit more dated, and doesn't have the support it used to. That's the main reason that I made the switch. If you've got the time or the space just do a download and use Libre for a week. If you don't think it's better just uninstall it, but I'd really be surprised if you wanted to go back.

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Neufeldt2002

On top of what Peanut Fox has written, Libre Office is a fork of Open Office that happened when Oracle took it over. Most of the developers from Open Office went to Libre Office before Oracle dumped Open Office to Apache.

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Biceps

Thanks, guys, I'll try it out.

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