Office 365 Personal: Not an outstanding value


What’s in the Office 365 Personal plan?

Microsoft announced at the beginning of March a new Office 365 plan aimed at individuals, and now the Office 365 Personal plan is available for would-be subscribers.

There’s nothing wrong with Office 365 Personal. For $70 per year, or $7 per month, an Office 365 Personal subscriber gets the current version of the Microsoft Office productivity suite for one Windows or Mac PC and one tablet. In addition, a subscriber gets 20GB of extra storage on Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage service and 60 minutes per month of Skype calls that can be used in more than 60 countries around the world.

Office 365 gives you a locally installed copy of Office Professional 2013. Purchasing Office Pro will set you back $400, and that license is valid only for a single PC — plus you don’t get any extra OneDrive storage or Skype calls.

Microsoft also recently launched Office for iPad. The native iOS versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store for free, but the apps have limited functionality unless you’re an Office 365 subscriber. Without an Office 365 subscription, you’re restricted to viewing Microsoft Office files and presenting PowerPoint slides. Office 365 subscribers, on the other hand, can use the apps to create and edit Microsoft Office content….

Read the full article at Windows Secrets (subscription required to view full content): Office 365 Personal: Not an outstanding value. 


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