Microsoft: 1 million Office 365 Home Premium subscribers on board

Microsoft: 1 million Office 365 Home Premium subscribers on board

Summary: Microsoft officials say the company has signed up more than 1 million Office 365 Home Premium subscribers in the first 100 days the product has been available.


Microsoft has reached the 1 million subscriber mark with its Office 365 Home Premium product, officials said on May 29.


The company launched Office 365 Home Premium on January 29. For $99.99 per year, Office 365 Home Premium allows users to install Office client apps on up to five PCs and/or Macs in total. Users who subscribe rather than buy the single-use Office 2013 complement outright, also are supposed to receive regular feature updates and synchronization capabilities by signing in through

Microsoft is trying to convince more users to subscribe to its software as if it were a service.

Microsoft officials are saying that the company reached the 1 million mark in about 100 days, or 3.5 months, according to the graphic in today's Office News Blog post.  Microsoft officials compare that growth rate to those of other subscription services, like Instagram (which took 2.5 months to reach the 1 million mark, according to Microsoft); HuluPlus (5 months to 1 million); Spotify (5 months to 1 million); Dropbox (7 months to 1 million) and Facebook (10 months to 1 million). 

I've asked Microsoft how many copies of Office 2013 (the local, non-subscription version) the company has sold to date. I'm doubtful the Softies are sharing that number, but if they do, I will update this post.

Topics: Collaboration, Cloud, Microsoft


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Microsoft: 1 million Office 365 Home Premium subscribers on board

    That is a lot of users and helps signify that it is well worth it to continue using Microsoft Office for your home and business. Looks like people do want the latest and greatest Microsoft software. Good job, Microsoft.
    • Loverock-Davidson says only 1 million Office 365 Home Premium subscribers

      on board thats hardly enough to mean anything really. That isn't a lot of users and to help signify and isn't worth it to continue using Microsoft Office for your home and business. Looks like people don't want this latest excuse from the great Microsoft collection of software. Poor job, Microsoft.
      Over and Out
      • It depends...

        on what you need.

        It certainly shows that a lot of people who use MS Office at work want/need it at home, and if you have more than 1 PC at home it is an attractive offer.

        If you don't need to be compatible with other users / the office, then LibreOffice, OO.o and other products make good and cheap / free alternatives.

        But if you are working on documents you need to share with other MS Office users, you can't really use the alternatives - especially if you are creating PowerPoint presentations, Keynote, LibreOffice and most of the other alternatives make a complete pig's ear of converting them, totally ruining the presentation and rendering them unusable. It might work, if you just have a few bullet points, but more complex slides, with arrows, boxes, images and animations get totally messed up and you have to pretty much start from scrap - a real pain, if you have dozens of slides, with hundreds of animation points!
    • Meanwhile in February

      "Evernote says it has 50 million users around the world (a third in the U.S.) and is adding 100,000 a day. "

      1 million? That's 10 days worth of new Evernote users.

      Weren't Windows users supposed to be over 1 billion (with a B)? So, only one in 1000 Windows users in interested in Microsoft Office?
      • One of the 50 million

        I am probably one of those 50 million since I signed up and downloaded but never use it.
        On the other hand I use Office every day although its Office 2013 and not 365/
        So where am I counted?
      • You think everyone will drop what they are using to join?

        I am one of the biliion Windows users. I have no need for a new version of Office this year, the old versions already running on my old machines are doing just fine. When the time comes to replace those machines or I find a business need for the latest and greatest, then I will be looking at Office 365.

        Why do you think it should be any other way? Most of the 1 million subscribers would be a subset of new computer (or tablet) users. The adoption rate seems pretty good given the limited active customer base.
      • Evernote has been out longer than Office 365 Home Premium

        Everynote launched around 2008 and Office 365 Home Premium launched around 100 days ago.

        Also keep in mind Evernote is free while Office 365 is not. So it would favor Evernote to have a greater user base with the lack of a subscription. And another thing is that these two DIFFERENT pieces of software are in DIFFERENT markets. Evernote is a very robust and feature-filled NOTE TAKING application. Office 365 is NOT a note taking application except for Onenote and you pay for the subscription for MORE than that. But hey, while we're comparing DIFFERENT pieces of software (free vs paid and for different purposes also) why not add the 50 million DAILY Office Web App user to Office 365 Home Premium's advantage?

        Yeah the link came from Microsoft themselves and if you say they are making up numbers that means every single company does including precious Apple, precious Google, precious Samsung, and every other company. However that is conditional so Microsoft and all the other companies could very well be telling the truth about statistics.
        • Evernote free

          If you do any serious use of Evernote, you will use the non-free version. Which is still cheaper than office 365 and not limited to 5 computers. Of course, the software is different. Local office suites like OpenOffice and LibreOffice are free for personal or commercial use and well supported. No need for any subscription to anything. Not to mention - work on about any desktop platform.
          • Okay then...

            how many of that 100,000 daily new Evernote users are subscribers? How many millions of new subscribers, as opposed to free users, have they garnered in the last 100 days?

            You are comparing apples and oranges, you are coming up bananas.
      • Doesn't include business users

        "So, only one in 1000 Windows users in interested in Microsoft Office?"

        No. False. This number doesn't include businesses that have purchased Office 365 subscriptions.

        In fact, these numbers are very damning to those like James Kendrick who claim that consumers hate Office.
        • Business users may be limited

          Since nearly all business users got Office 2003, 2007 or 2010, I doubt how many business users rushed to buy a new Office during the first 100 days. It is not a new gadget like iPad, it is just Office. The number of people who really need it so urgently is very small.

          I actually think many of this 1 million people are geek type of person. Normal business users would rather spend time making money than trying new software (while they got an old version in their computers).
  • It's a great deal for a family

    Heck, even for two computers you'd save money in the long haul, or at least do no worse than break even. But for a single user, it's still cheaper to go with the old model.
    Michael Kelly
    • Agreed

      It works out at around 2 Euros a month per PC for my family.
  • No to subscriptions

    I bought MS Office 2013, not the 365 because I will not buy any subscription software. I would suggest others to do the same. If MS stops offering Office without subscription I will be going to Open Office.
    • Huh?

      What's the difference between paying 300$ over 3 years and paying just about the same once every three years?
      Michael Alan Goff
      • Compared to 2013 standalone copy, or 2007/2010 Office?

        How good a deal Office 365 is probably depends on how happy you were with Office 2007/Office 2010 pricing.

        I bought Office 2007 for about $180 IIRC, and even if I upgraded after 3 years (I didn't), that worked out to quite a bit less per year for a 3PC license.

        While the Office 365 deal for students is stupidly good, I still don't like the $99 a year hit, so I uninstalled the trial version (which I liked) and am sticking with ol' Office 2007.

        Maybe I'm in the minority. But does "subscriptions" mean paid subscriptions, or does it include activation of the free month/year offer bundled with some PCs? The footnote, with its "new Office" distinction, seems to indicate that the university edition is excluded from the 1 million.

        If the $99/year works for you, great. It does seem like a well integrated, easy to use version.
        • Oh, it isn't for me

          I plan on getting it next year, though, before I leave college. Then I'll have it for four years at 80$ total. /grin
          Michael Alan Goff
      • The difference is

        that Office does not improve its product enough per cycle to warrant an upgrade purchase every time out. Every other cycle is more than good enough for most people's usage.

        That's why I said in my post above that it takes at least two of those five allowable installs to make the subscription worthwhile.
        Michael Kelly
  • Yes to subscriptions

    As one of those million, I can't see the objection to the subscription model, i've used it for AV and Mozy for years.

    With Office 365 Home Premium I happen to use most of the apps every day, and have three computers at my home/office. So the annual fee for up to five machines which includes 60 mins Skype time per month is a no brainer, esp as patches and updates are included.
    • Illegal Usage?

      Isn't it illegal to use home subscription for business usage even if it’s a “home” business? Looks like for business you mus pay $12.50 user/month... I may be wrong.