Office 365 Personal launched today (Tuesday, 15 April 2014) and is available from Microsoft’s South African online store for R599 per year, or R59.99 per month.
This new personal license lets users run Office on a single Mac or Windows PC, and on one tablet computer.
The existing Office 365 Home Premium package (which was renamed today to “Office 365 Home”) offers 5 simultaneous PC installations and 5 simultaneous mobile device installations.
In the US, the Home license costs $99.99 per year, or $9.99 per month, while in South Africa it is available for R749.99 per year or R74.99 per month.
Both Office 365 Personal and Home will include 60 minutes of Skype calling per month and 20GB of additional OneDrive storage, Microsoft said.
Microsoft announced the new edition of its Office 365 service last month, saying that it would be available “this spring” for $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year.
A spokesperson for Microsoft South Africa said at the time that the expected recommended retail price for Office 365 Personal would be R649-R699 per year.
In a footnote to the announcement, Microsoft said that these are estimated prices, and the retail price and will ultimately be determined by resellers.