Microsoft Adds a Lower Cost 'Personal' Subscription Option to Office 365

Paul Lilly

A cheaper subscription plan for individuals

If you only plan to access Microsoft's cloud-based Office 365 suite from a single PC, then you might feel like you're overpaying for a subscription that includes access on up to five different PCs. To address that, Microsoft today announced that it's adding an Office 365 Personal subscription plan for individuals . The plan runs $7 per month or $70 per year if billed annually and allows users to connect one PC or Mac and one tablet.

"We recognize that there are households of all shapes and sizes and we're committed to delivering the right Office for everyone -- whether that be one person or an entire household," Microsoft stated in a blog post .

Microsoft will continue to offer its Office 365 Home Premium subscription plan for households, it's just getting a name change to Office 365 Home. Pricing will remain the same -- $100 per year (or $10 per month if billed monthly), which allows you to access on up to five PCs or Macs and five tablets.

Both plans come with 60 minutes of Skype calling per month and 20GB of additional OneDrive storage. The Personal plan will be rolled out sometime this Spring.

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