Microsoft offers cheaper subscription: Office 365 for one Mac and one iPad for $69/year

“Microsoft is launching a cheaper ‘Personal’ Office 365 subscription that will give you access to the cloud services and mobile apps for $69/year or $6.99/month opposed to the $99/year Home subscription,” Jordan Kahn reports for 9to5Mac.

“The new Personal subscription only provides access for one Mac (or PC) and iPad (or tablet) instead of the 5 PC or Macs and 5 tablets you get with a Home subscription,” Kahn reports. “You might want to hold off on the new subscription, however, as Amazon is currently selling the full Home subscription for just $63 (37% off).”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: No thanks. At this point, Microsoft would have to pay us $69/year just to bother launching an Office app, much less actually using one.

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  1. Only $69 a year? That’s a steal! Let’s take up a collection and pay MDNs subscription to load and run Microsoft Office apps every day for a year. Now, that’s entertainment!

  2. MDN readers, me included, react with disgust whenever software is offered in only subscription form. Many of us need the flexibility of a one-time-purchase software licenses and the ability to be fully operation offline. There are also many of us who will refuse to use any adware and other shoddy “online docs”, which are also highly limited in capability and frustratingly useless for more than one person to use offline & attempt to sync later.

    Sadly, we also know that MDN will suddenly change its tune when Apple forces all its users into “the cloud”. Sure, Timmy will give away all the flat gray dumbed-down software for free, it’s just that the only way you can practically use it is if you buy iCloud subscription, submit to the limitations thereof, and allow Apple to datamine all your data for future iAds. But it will all be wonderful because there will be an Apple brand name attached to it, right, MDN ?!?!?!

  3. This is actually a smart move on Microsoft’s part, here is why: the one tablet, one computer rule is designed for a business to buy it for an employee, for his laptop and iPad. The desktop in the office needs another license. The other thing is IT departments don’t like buying a license for “Junior’s” or “Mom’s” iPad that is part of the 5/5 license. They probably complained to Microsoft. The problem is that the 1 plus 1 license now adds complexity to the process. IT idiots try to rule the world, and for me, I can see right through their foolishness.

    1. Let me be clearer:
      IT departments are foolish because the 1 and 1 license plus a desktop in the office license will be more expensive and complicated then the 5 plus 5 license.

  4. The license is for ONE Mac and one iPad. That means if you have an iMac and a MacBook Pro, it will cost extra. It certainly doesn’t meet my needs. I’ll just turn over and go back to sleep.

  5. Why when I can get it for free with iWork. I don’t like spending money over and over again on subscription based software. They can’t improve the product that much to make it worth double the price the next year and the year after and so on.

  6. No thanks. I am happy with read-only Office documents in meetings for free. I will never buy Office 365 until it is fully enabled to my extensive repository of documents in Dropbox. I do not support every vendor forcing me to embrace a different cloud storage solution. That goes for you too, Apple. Make your apps open to the cloud of my choice. Then we’ll talk.

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