Office 365: home users can now rent productivity suite

Microsoft introduces Office 365 for home users, with a 99 dollar per year plan

By - February 6, 2013
Office 365 Microsoft

Despite its name, Microsoft Office has long been a must-have application suite for many home users, with programs like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint widely used by consumers around the world.

But while businesses had the option of buying a monthly subscription for use on multiple PCs, home users until now had to shell out the full cost of the software at the time of purchase.

Microsoft has implemented a change to that policy with the introduction of Office 365 for home users, with a 99 dollar per year plan that allows installation of the productivity suite on up to five machines.

Cloud-based Office 365 offers other features too, such as frequent updates and seamless access to documents from any online machine.

Microsoft is making changes as it seeks to stem the challenge from rivals like Google Docs, the free suite of cloud-based programs that is drawing people away from Office, Microsoft’s cash cow.

The plan is also available on a 9.99 dollar per month pay-as-you-go plan, the US company says.

With regular prices for the traditional Office package starting at 140 dollars, that would be a good deal for a family with multiple machines, but it would be costly for someone with only one or two machines who rarely uses the Office software.

More Microsoft Office news

Office 365, Office 2013 in SA: prices and availability

New Office for consumers from Microsoft

Share your thoughts

Shutterstock is the image partner of MyBroadband – more technology images

Join the conversation

Connect with Us



Have you bought any Black Friday deals?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

Prasa wants its money back for Afro 4000 trains

Afro 4000

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa wants to return the Afro 4000 trains, which are unsuitable for local conditions, and get its money back for the order.

Zuma and Buhari to meet over MTN fine: report

MTN logo on building

President Jacob Zuma and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari are expected to meet in Johannesburg to discuss MTN’s R74 billion fine.

Giraffe recruitment service launching matching algorithm


Giraffe, a free mobile job application platform launched early this year, has hit 70,000 jobseeker applications.

Salary, age, and gender of South African Internet users

South Africa flag

The latest Effective Measure statistics reveal how much South African Internet users earn, how old they are, and their gender.


Newsletter Subscription

Email *
Enter the following to confirm your subscription *
Captcha image

Free MyBroadband Newsletter