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Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium & A Free Alternative

Microsoft is launching Office 365 Home Premium, a subscription-based version of the popular Microsoft Office products. Instead of spending up to $400 for a full suite of Office programs, you purchase a yearly subscription.

According to Microsoft, it is designed for “busy households and people juggling ever-increasing work and family responsibilities.”

Not sure how Office helps with your family responsibilities, but it is handy for documents, spreadsheets and presentations.



If you were to purchase Microsoft Office Professional 2013, it would cost you $399.99 and be licensed for one user on one PC. The suite includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access. It comes with 7GB of cloud storage.  The product would be good for the life of your PC. So if your computer died, you’d need to buy another copy of the program.

An Office 365 Home Premium subscription costs $99 a year and includes the same programs, 27GB of cloud storage and the license is good for your entire household; up to five PCs or Macs and select mobile devices.  Upgrades are included, so your programs will always be up-to-date. If one of your computers fails, you can simply remove it from your account and add an additional device if you purchase a new one.

There is a special deal for college students that you can read about by clicking here. [1]  The lower initial price and ability to use multiple devices sounds pretty appealing, but it’s still a new program and there will likely be bugs to work out. If you’d like to check it out before buying, you can go to Microsoft.com to download a free 30-day-trial of Office 365 Home Premium.

If a free office productivity suite sounds like an even better deal, check out this post on Open Office [2]. It’s a free download that does many of the same things Microsoft Office can, but with no costs and no restrictions.

– Cynthia