Microsoft is now offering its cloud-based suite of productivity applications to home users for a markedly lower price with a new plan. Office 365 Personal brings Office to a user for just $6.99 a month.
It becomes even more affordable at $69.99 for a year.
This nets you access to one PC/Mac license for Office, plus one tablet — perfect for home users. Previously, the 365 Home Premium subscription (which launched in January 2013) at $9.99 a month, or $99.99 a year allowed installation of the software suite on up to five PCs.
The company announced this new subscription plan on the official blog:
“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.”
This new plan launches this spring, by the way.
By the same brushstroke, Redmond has also changed the name of Office 365 Home Premium to a much more simple, Office 365 Home. The service currently has more than 3.5 million subscribers, and some of these will probably transition to Office 365 Personal when it launches.
Microsoft has promised more details on the Personal plan closer to when it goes live, but users of both the Home and Personal plans will now get an additional 20GB of storage space to go with 60 minutes of paid Skype calls every month.