The new Office 365 Personal has the same set of software and featured in the $119 per year Home subscription. So what's the difference?
If you've decided top upgrade to Office 365, there'sa cheaper way of getting it.
Microsoft has announced that the new Office 365 Personal subscription option is now available in Australia. It costs $89 per year or $9 per month, and includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access.
That's the same set of software and featured in the $119 per year Home subscription. So what's the difference?
The difference is that use of the software is restricted to one Windows PC or one Mac, plus a tablet (including the iPad) - not the five computers and five tablets we're used to on the Home plan.
So unless you live alone and you only have one computer, we'd argue the Home subscription is better value.
There is one catch - both these plans are only licensed for home use.
Small business users are expected to pay $13.50 per user per month for Office 365 Small Business Premium, which includes the familiar Office software plus a number of services such as email and online conferencing.
Or you can pay $16.50 per user per month for Office 365 Midsize Business, which adds business intelligence plus Active Directory integration.
And there's always the option of buying conventional licences for Office Home & Business 2013 ($299) or Office Professional 2012 ($599) if they just want the desktop software. But then upgrades to new versions must be purchased, whereas they are included in the subscriptions.