Who pays the most for Office 365 Home? And the least

Microsoft charges quite different prices for Office 365 Home, depending on the country.

We decided to see how cheap or expensive Office 365 Home plan can be, depending on where you live.  Maya surfed through many different Microsoft sites to compile this list of countries and regions.

Cheapest Office 365 Home

The lowest price for Office 365 Home is in Russia where Microsoft quotes RUB ₽3399

That’s about US$60.22 or 39% cheaper than USA.

Russia is easily the cheapest, with India coming next but US$12 more expensive.

Most Expensive Office 365 Home

Highest Price charged is in Israel where Office 365 Home costs ILS ₪449

That’s US$131.93 or 33% more expensive than USA.

Denmark is a close second ‘last’ by less than a dollar.  New Zealand is the third most expensive but about US$11 cheaper.

 

The overall difference between highest and lowest is US$71.71 which is a lot for a product sold in the USA for $99.99

Average and StdDev are skewed because of the many Euro zone countries and other territories.  For what it’s worth ….     

  • Average price US$107.47 of the surveyed countries/territories
  • Standard Deviation: 17.33 for the surveyed countries/territories

A few thoughts

A few things occur to us from looking through the table:

In each region, Microsoft charges what they think the market will tolerate.

Exchange Rates are only part of Microsoft’s pricing equation.

All of Microsoft’s talk about pricing based on local support, needs of partners etc is just PR drivel.

  • India‘s Office 365 price was cheaper at the start of 2017.  Since then Microsoft raised the price and started charging government tax, which also increased.
  • The reason for the AUD$10 price increase in Australia in 2017 is clear from this table. The old prices made Aussie Office 365 cheaper than the USA.
  • New Zealand gets slugged pretty hard compared their Aussie cousins. Kiwis pay about US$18 more for the same product.

We’d be interested to hear from readers who might have local knowledge to add.

IMPORTANT – don’t buy from Microsoft!

Regular Office Watch readers (subscribe here) know that we’ve always said: NEVER buy from Microsoft!  Microsoft charges the highest price. That’s why they push the Office 365 auto-renewal option.

Always shop around and look for better prices elsewhere.  Office Watch has a guide to Office 365 money saving optionsOffice 365: the real startup guide has an even more comprehensive chapter on paying less for Microsoft Office

Office 365 Home - Global Prices

CountryAdvertised Price$ USD equivalentRank NumberTax status / Comments
RussiaRUB ₽3399$60.221
IndiaINR ₹4619$72.742Advertised price does not Include GST, we've added the 18% GST
PakistanPKR ₨8399$76.133
ChinaCNY ¥499$77.514
BangaladeshBDT Tk6499$79.245
ColombiaCOP $229999$80.396
EgyptEGP £1499$85.017
ArgentinaARS $1599$86.098
TurkeyTRY ₺329.99$86.999
CanadaCAD $109$87.7210State tax / PST may apply
IndonesiaIDR Rp1199999$89.9011
MexicoMXN $1749$92.8912
BrazilBRL R$299$93.3413
MalaysiaMYR RM379.99$96.0314
South AfricaZAR R1199$97.2815
Hong KongHKD $780$99.7016
USAUSD $99.99$99.9917State and local taxes may apply
AustraliaAUD $129$102.6718includes GST
Saudi ArabiaSAR ﷼389.99$104.0019
UKGBP £79.99$109.1920includes VAT
South KoreaKRW ₩119000$111.8621
SwedenSEK kr899$112.1122
NigeriaNGN ₦33999$112.6923
SwitzerlandCHF Sfr.109.95$113.1124
NorwayNOK kr899$114.0025
CyprusEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
BelgiumEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
GreeceEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
LatviaEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
LithuaniaEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
FinlandEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
PortugalEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
SlovakiaEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
SloveniaEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
SpainEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
LuxembourgEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
MaltaEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
IrelandEUR €99$119.8926includes VAT
Vatican CityEUR €99$119.8926Seems silly to include this location, but Microsoft does!
GermanyEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
EuropeEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
ItalyEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
IrelandEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
AustriaEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
NetherlandsEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
FranceEUR €99$119.8926this price is used in all Euro zone countries
New ZealandNZD $165$120.4247includes GST
DenmarkDKK kr.799$131.3048
GreenlandDKK kr.799$131.3048Seems silly to include this location, but Microsoft does!
IsraelILS ₪449$131.9350
Office 365 Home 'subscription' - locally charged prices as stated by Microsoft in January 2018. Street/Retail prices could and should be lower.
US dollar equivalent prices using interbank rate at 15 January 2018.
We've surveyed the major world economies plus a few other countries for a global overview. Some small locations also included, like Vatican City and Greenland, because Microsoft does!
Japan doesn't have a 'Home' bundle, just Office 365 Solo (Personal)
Please let us know via the Feedback page if you have comments or there are mistakes. We may have missed advertised prices that don't include taxes, which are applied at checkout.
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