As a Microsoft Partner, we make it our mission to stay up to date on new products, new pricing and any tips and resources that can help our customers navigate the Microsoft Cloud.  So of course one of the things every one is wondering is what to expect on the pricing front.

Luckily Mary Jo Foley for All About Microsoft wrote a great breakdown on what to expect in the January 16th issue of ZDNet.  For her complete article click here otherwise we summarized it for you below:

Microsoft is pricing its next-generation Office 2013 line-up in a way to convince users to pay an annual subscription fee.  They will be offering multiple-device-installation rights as a carrot — instead of buying the Office 2013 software outright.

Here is a preview of what we might expect for both Office 365 as well as Office 2013 also known as the “New Office”.

Office 365 Cost Per User/ Month*

  • Office 365 University $3.30
  • Office 365 Home Premium $8.25
  • Office 365 Small Business Premium $12.50
  • Office 365 Midsize Business $15
  • Office 365 Enterprise & Government $20

Office 2013 Cost*

  • Office Home & Student 2013 & RT $139
  • Office Home & Business $219
  • Office Standard 2013 $369
  • Office Professional Plus 2013 $499

*These are not official costs and are subject to change.  

Microsoft is making a push for customers – both business and consumers – to choose the subscription/service route, rather than purchasing a single copy of one or more Office products with perpetual-use licenses.

Office is trying to make it more enticing for consumers to pay a “rental” fee for the new Office, allowing them the right to download Office products locally on up to five PCs and Macs and use them  for a year.  This is what’s known as Office 365 Home Premium.

On the business front, Microsoft wants customers to go the service/subscription route and said they would be offering a number of new Office 365 SKUs and pricing plans.  We expect some of the new Office 365 SKUs (and lord knows we could always use more Microsoft SKUs) to include:

  • Office 365 Small Business
  • Office 365 Small Business Premium
  • Office 365 ProPlus
  • Office 365 Midsize Business
  • Office 365 Enterprise

While most consumers will have to wait until the end of January to snag Microsoft Office 2013, we just learned the enterprise-oriented Professional Plus 2013 suite is now available for download on the company’s Home Use Program (HUP), according to a Neowin report (via ZDNet).

Stay tuned for more news and updates as we get closer to the launch date at the end of January.

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