Microsoft’s Office 365 service is one of the things that put off some users, due to the subscription requirements. Yesterday, however, Microsoft made things more appealing by introducing Office 365 Personal, which is more affordable than usual.

Office 365 Personal is priced at $69.99 per year, or $6.99 per month. Compared to $99.99 per year (with a one-year commitment) or $9.99 per month for Office 365 Home, that does offer some savings. It is important to note, however, that Office 365 Personal is good for only one PC or Mac and 1 tablet, while Office 365 Home is good for 5 PCs or Macs and 5 tablets. Obviously, the target of Office 365 Personal is the individual who does not need more than one account.


Just like the Home package, Office 365 Personal includes use on smartphones, plus Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote – the online versions at least.

Additional features of Office 365 Personal:

  • offline storage
  • 27 gigabytes of online storage for one user
  • 60 world minutes of calling per month to 60+ countries with Skype.

Last month, Microsoft had a huge launch, with the Office suite being made available for the Apple iPad. Even better, the suite was (is) offered for free, although, without an Office 365 subscription, you can only edit and view documents on the iPad. To create and edit, you’ll need to pay up, which sometimes can be a reason for users to stay away.

Maybe this is why Microsoft has come up with the more affordable plan for Office 365. If you think about it, the news that millions and millions of downloads for Microsoft Office for iPad hit the spotlight very quickly. However, there was really no mention of just how many new subscriptions Office 365 received. I guess it’s not that off the mark to think that Microsoft didn’t get as many new subscriptions as they wanted, hence the new plan with a lower price.

Am I right or am I right? Still, this suddenly makes Office 365 an interesting option.

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