We finally have some pricing details to share regarding Microsoft's cloud-based Office 365 platform. In a recent blog post, the software giant laid out the details for both consumers and businesses. On the consumer side, an Office 365 Premium subscription will start at $8.33 per month, billed annually at $99.99, which covers up to five users. It will be available in both physical and online stores across 227 markets worldwide, Microsoft says. There will also be a free 30-day trial available.
"With this release, we're modernizing Office, and an important part of that is the introduction of new subscriptions," Microsoft said. "Subscriptions open a host of possibilities, and subscribing to Office 365 will be the best choice for many - especially families, people with multiple devices and small businesses."
The above mentioned Office 365 Premium subscription comes with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, and Publisher. It can be installed on up to 5 PCs or Macs and shared among all users in the home. It will come with nearly three times the amount of SkyDrive storage with an additional 20GB over the 7GB you already get for free, as well as 60 minutes of Skype world calling per month.
Office 365 Small Business Premium runs $12.50 per month ($149.99 billed annually) and adds a 25GB Outlook mailbox, 10GB of professional grade cloud storage for the organization plus 500MB per user, the ability to host online meetings in HD, and a public-facing website without any additional hosting fees.
If you're not feeling the cloud-subscription model, don't worry, Microsoft says you'll still be able to buy traditional Office suites. Prices will start at $139.99 for Office Home and Student 2013 editions, and go up from there. For those who purchase Office 2010 on or after October 19, they'll be eligible to download a year of Office 365 Home Premium or the equivalent Office 2013, for free.