Office 2013 pricing summary

Traps, changes and subscriptions in Office 2013 prices.

Microsoft has announced the pricing for Office 2013 and, as usual, the devil is in the detail.


For a long time, Microsoft has wanted to sell Microsoft Office as a subscription rather than a one-time payment. With Office 2013 they are pushing that option and pricing subscriptions far lower than boxed Office products.

Office 2013 Home Premium

This is a five licence subscription designed to be used within a household.

You get Office for Windows or Mac:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Outlook

That’s right – Windows or Mac versions of Office. You can have a ‘mixed’ household all running the latest version of Office .

Home Premium subscriptions also include these Windows programs that have no Mac equivalent from Microsoft:

  • OneNote
  • Access
  • Publisher

On top of the 5 devices you can install Office upon you can also temporarily install Office on other computers.

These Office installations are done using the Click to Run streaming install over the Internet. This means updates and features are updated automatically and, in theory, in the background.

Microsoft promises “With the new Office, new capabilities will be added multiple times per year.” and it will be interesting to see this happening over time.

On top of all that Microsoft is throwing in some extras to sweeten the deal:

  • An hour per month of Skype calls to many, but not all, worldwide phone numbers. Microsoft says “Excludes special, premium and nongeographic numbers. Calls to mobiles are for select countries only. Skype available only in select countries”
  • Extra 20GB of Skydrive storage

While this is sold under the ‘Office 365’ name, the Home Premium bundle doesn’t include any of the Office 365 hosted services.

Though there are five licences in the bundle, each user can login using their own Microsoft account.

The price is US$99.99 per year though there’s no guarantee that the subscription fee will be maintained into the future.

Office 365 Small Business Premium

This is a single user license for Office software (Windows or Mac) with Office 365 hosted services.

Office software can be installed on up to 5 devices but for use by a single user. The ability to install on other computers temporarily is also available.

Office 365 could services are included in the annual fee. This includes what amounts to an Exchange Server account with a 25GB email storage, calendar, contacts, tasks and notes via Outlook, web and your devices.

Each organization gets 10GB of cloud storage plus 500MB per user.

You can have online meetings via Lync.

Office 365 includes a public facing web site if you wish to use it.

The same promises about updates and new features is made for Small Business Premium.

This price is US$149.99 per year, again with no guarantee about future pricing.

Non Subscription

You can still buy Office 2013 as standalone software for a one-off fee but it’ll probably cost a lot more. Microsoft is downplaying these options under the heading ‘Other offerings’.

It’s tempting to compare these prices with the Office 2010 bundles but there are crucial differences – for Office 2013 you get a SINGLE device licence only and you can’t transfer Office 2013 to another computer.

For Office 2010 and earlier versions these ‘retail boxes’ let you install on two computers (desktop and portable), plus you could move the Office software to another computer.

Those differences make Office 2013 boxed product VERY expensive indeed.

Office Home and Student 2013

Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote
NO Outlook

US$139.99 license limits to non-commercial use – one device license only, NOT transferable to another computer.

Office Home and Business 2013

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote AND Outlook

US$219.99 – one device license only, NOT transferable to another computer.

Office Professional 2013

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook AND Access and Publisher

US$399.99 – one device license only, NOT transferable to another computer.

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