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Microsoft releases Office 2013 and 365 – wants you on $99 a year subscription

Posted at 29 January 2013 17:39 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Microsoft officially released Office 365 Home Premium and Office 2013 today.  The subscription based Office 365 Home Premium version will go at $99.99 a year. In the press release announcing the new Office versions only three sentences are about  Office 2013 which gives to think that Microsoft is betting on the subscription service.  Office 365 Home Premium can be installed on five devices and gives you Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access.

With the $99.99 subscription  of 365 Home Premium you’ll also get 20 GB of Skydrive storage and 60 minutes of free Skype calls per month.  University or college students $79.99 for a four year subscription and a business edition will become available at the end of February this year.

Office 2013 is an improvement of Office as you know it and can be purchased directly from the Microsoft website where you are offered to download it. Prices are $139.99 for Home and Student, $219.99 for Home and Business and $399.99 for Professional. All come with at least Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote and give access to Office webapps that should allow to access, edit and share documents on multiple internet-connected device.

Also standalone versions of Word, Exel, Powerpoint and Outlook are available at $109.99 each. All  will run on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 and optional language packs are available at $24.99.

The changes in each individual application seem to be minor apart from a new look for each of them. PowerPoint now supports more video formats and has feature to make sharing easier. Word will remember where you’ve left off reading, supports videos, has new templates and allows editing of PDF files.

The new Outlook has more integration of weather services and social media and Excel has new math functions, opens each workbook in its own window and a new Quick Analysis tool.

Everything is available just now from the Microsoft Store. Discuss this in our Windows Forum.

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There are 23 comments

DukeNukem
MyCE Resident Commenter
Posted on: 29 Jan 13 18:24
    I'll stick with my "free" copy of Office 2007, thanks. The best was Office 2003.
    UTR
    MyCE Resident
    Posted on: 29 Jan 13 18:40
      Quote:
      Originally Posted by DukeNukem
      The best was Office 2003.
      I am happy to see that I am not the only person that thinks this is true.
      bean55
      MyCE Resident
      Posted on: 29 Jan 13 19:49
        2003 was the best but the newer ones have a lot more to offer.

        It has taken me 8 months to finally get use to it enough not to bash it anymore
        Seán
        Senior Administrator & Reviewer
        Posted on: 29 Jan 13 20:13
          After a few years of using Office 2007 and 2010, I've got fairly use to the ribbon, but still find it annoying when I need to use a seldom used feature. Word 2010 has an annoying bug when exporting a document as HTML with PNG images and this bug is still there in 2013 (at least the preview), so I have Word 2007 in a virtual PC for the occasion I need to use this feature.

          As I use Publisher quite a lot at work, Office 2010 seems to have the best version of Publisher as I find it a lot quicker to align items in Publisher 2010 than 2007. On the downside, as of Office 2010, Microsoft has made Publisher only available in its expensive Professional package, where as previously it use to be bundled with the Office 2003/2007 Small Business Edition.
          vroom
          Administrator and Reviewer
          Posted on: 29 Jan 13 20:43
            Quote:
            Originally Posted by DukeNukem
            I'll stick with my "free" copy of Office 2007, thanks. The best was Office 2003.
            alan1476
            Senior Moderator, Software Editor and Head of Promotions
            Posted on: 29 Jan 13 20:49
              I have been using 2007 Ultimate Office for along time now and its imho the best version. Before that I had the 2003 Student Edition for 3 computers LOL, so I really do not have much to compare it to.
              UTR
              MyCE Resident
              Posted on: 29 Jan 13 21:02
                Heck, WordPerfect 6.1 for Windows does everything I need from a word processor.
                aka74
                MyCE Member
                Posted on: 29 Jan 13 21:17
                  One more step closer to SaaS. What next?
                  coolcolors
                  MyCE Resident
                  Posted on: 29 Jan 13 22:30
                    2007 was a good software but since using 2010 and having extra features turned on with Windows7 would be my biggest advantage to keeping 2010 as it integrate with features that you can't get in XP if you load Office 2010 into XP. So there are limitations to using a new Office on older O/S you won't get alot of features that you won't be able to use on XP loaded machine.
                    Wombler
                    Administrator & Reviewer
                    Posted on: 29 Jan 13 22:33
                      I'm sticking with Office 2007 as that's also what we use in work and it currently meets all my needs.


                      Wombler
                      olyteddy
                      Senior Moderator
                      Posted on: 29 Jan 13 22:57
                        meh. For a hundred bucks a year, I'll just keep my TechNet subscription going...
                        olddancer
                        MyCE Senior Member
                        Posted on: 29 Jan 13 23:55
                          $99 per year for software that is only OK, not happening.
                          Whenever my copy of Office 97 no longer suits my needs then Open Office gets the nod. Should be sometime about 2025.
                          coolcolors
                          MyCE Resident
                          Posted on: 30 Jan 13 00:43
                            Quote:
                            Originally Posted by olddancer
                            $99 per year for software that is only OK, not happening.
                            Whenever my copy of Office 97 no longer suits my needs then Open Office gets the nod. Should be sometime about 2025.

                            Ouch.,...lol... I paid only $10.00 for 2010 Office plus and that's all I had to pay and it's mine.... $99/yr you got shafted..... IMO
                            coolcolors
                            MyCE Resident
                            Posted on: 30 Jan 13 00:45
                              Quote:
                              Originally Posted by Wombler
                              I'm sticking with Office 2007 as that's also what we use in work and it currently meets all my needs.


                              Wombler
                              Not for me we got discount as the company was moving to Windows7 and Office 2010 and all the networks are going 2010 so having 2010 fits my needs and work as well.
                              TSJnachos117
                              MyCE Senior Member
                              Posted on: 31 Jan 13 02:11
                                Heck, I'm still using 2000, and it works great in Vista, as wells as the Release Candidates for 7 and 8. What's great about this version is there are no subscriptions, ribbon, or other BS. I do wish I could edit PDFs like this new version, but that alone is not worth the upgrade, especially since there are free tools like OpenOffice.Org which can do the same.
                                RED-404
                                New Member
                                Posted on: 31 Jan 13 10:36
                                  Just thought I would mention the one thing almost every article like this has missed.
                                  Office 365 $99.99 1 year licence for 5 systems.
                                  Office Professional 2013 $399.99 is 4 year licence for 1 system. "You don't own it"

                                  A new version of Office is released every ~2.2 years.
                                  With 365 you get those new releases.

                                  Office 365 Home Premium (from 2013 to 2023) = $ 999,90
                                  Office Professional 2013, 2016, 2019, 2022 = $ 1,599.96
                                  LibreOffice = Free but you're going to have to find a good substitute for Outlook, Publisher and Access

                                  So if you need 2013 go with 365.
                                  DoMiN8ToR
                                  Management
                                  Posted on: 31 Jan 13 11:24
                                    @Red, but you can still use it after 4 years right? Consider the relative small changes 2013 brings, I would not even care to upgrade and stick with a previous version
                                    ChristineBCW
                                    MyCE Die Hard
                                    Posted on: 31 Jan 13 15:02
                                      Be sure to include the cost of Internet Service access, too. Those make $99 a year to be small-potatoes.

                                      I'm still looking for 'new services' in all of these upgrades. I haven't done much more on a word-processor now than I did 20 years ago, although having the ability to do Word Balloons for User Manuals is a great feature in a word processor instead of a desktop-publisher. That's the new service that Office95 offered over WP 6.

                                      Everything else seems cosmetic. I like being able to do a SAVE TO PDF, but that's called a PRINT TO function, not a more correct concept of SAVE TO.

                                      What new services are people producing from Office 2007 or 2010 or 2013 that they weren't doing in OfficeXP, 2000, 2003? (Or even 95-98)?
                                      alan1476
                                      Senior Moderator, Software Editor and Head of Promotions
                                      Posted on: 31 Jan 13 18:33
                                        Quote:
                                        Originally Posted by ChristineBCW
                                        Be sure to include the cost of Internet Service access, too. Those make $99 a year to be small-potatoes.

                                        I'm still looking for 'new services' in all of these upgrades. I haven't done much more on a word-processor now than I did 20 years ago, although having the ability to do Word Balloons for User Manuals is a great feature in a word processor instead of a desktop-publisher. That's the new service that Office95 offered over WP 6.

                                        Everything else seems cosmetic. I like being able to do a SAVE TO PDF, but that's called a PRINT TO function, not a more correct concept of SAVE TO.

                                        What new services are people producing from Office 2007 or 2010 or 2013 that they weren't doing in OfficeXP, 2000, 2003? (Or even 95-98)?
                                        I agree Christine, I am using Office 2010 Standard, but I do not use it much differently then I did with Office 2003 Student Edition with an Outlook addon.
                                        RTV71
                                        MyCE Member
                                        Posted on: 31 Jan 13 18:40
                                          I was using OpenOffice.org but switched to the LibreOffice fork (http://www.libreoffice.org) after Oracle made a mess of the OpenOffice.org community. I rarely have problems sharing documents with Office users. I don't do much desktop publishing so Scribus (http://www.scribus.net) is adequate for my needs.
                                          aka74
                                          MyCE Member
                                          Posted on: 31 Jan 13 21:31
                                            [quote] LibreOffice = Free but you're going to have to find a good substitute for Outlook, Publisher and Access[quote]
                                            Libreoffice has Libreoffice Base included, similar to MSO's Access.
                                            Still I don't know about compatibility, I've almost never used neither Access nor LO Base.
                                            RED-404
                                            New Member
                                            Posted on: 31 Jan 13 21:50
                                              [QUOTE=aka74;2675490]
                                              Quote:
                                              Libreoffice has Libreoffice Base included, similar to MSO's Access.
                                              Still I don't know about compatibility, I've almost never used neither Access nor LO Base.
                                              You have a point I don't really use Access myself or Office for that matter.
                                              There are people in my house that use Office that could probably get by with nothing more than Sublime Text and Google docs and be better off for it. But they swear they need the latest version of Office......

                                              Except for the old lady she uses publisher and I don't think she could learn a new system. She still has trouble finding the power button and doesn't understand the concept of multiple windows or tabs.
                                              whatever_gong82
                                              MyCE Member
                                              Posted on: 04 Feb 13 18:12
                                                I'm lucky that at my job, I got Microsoft Office 2013 for $10 myself (business/government discount and all of that.)

                                                I've also been lucky in that I haven't had to spend much $$ for Microsoft Office 2007 or Microsoft Office 2010, and I only upgrade because the costs of upgrading is so small, and if I don't like the latest version of Office, I can legally downgrade back to the previous version of MS Office and I'm set.

                                                If it wasn't that the costs of upgrading was so cheap for myself, I'd probably still hang onto Office XP myself (LOL) or start using some of the Free stuff that's available since Office XP doesn't work (supposedly, some have managed to get the software to work) on Windows 7 or Windows 8..

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