Microsoft Office 365 Personal now available (for iPad users, too)

Microsoft Office 365 Personal now available (for iPad users, too)

Summary: Microsoft's newest Office 365 subscription plan is now generally available and includes iPads among the devices it supports.


Microsoft officials said last month that the company's newest Office 365 subscription plan -- Office 365 Personal -- would be available later this spring.


On April 15, Microsoft made Office 365 available for purchase for $69.99 per year, or $6.99 per month.

The Personal version of Office 365 allows users to install Office apps on one PC or Mac, plus one Windows tablet or iPad. The addition of the iPad is new, and enabled by Microsoft's recent launch of Office for iPad.

(Office for iPad is free, but only rudimentary capabilities are available to those who don't subscribe to certain Office 365 plans which include the fully-featured version of the Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps custom-built for iPads.)

For users who want/need Office to be installed on more devices, Microsoft is still selling Office 365 Home -- formerly known as Office 365 Home Premium. Office 365 Home allows installation of local Office apps on up to five PCs or Macs, plus five Windows and/or iPad tablets. Office 365 Home costs $99.99 for a year or $9.99 per month.

Microsoft last month removed the requirement that users pay for an Office 365 plan in order to get Office Mobile on their iPhones or Android phones. So anyone, with or without an Office 365 plan, can get Office Mobile for Windows Phone, Android phones and/or iPhone.

Office 365 Personal and Home are designed for home/non-commercial use. Those who plan to use Office for business purposes need additional licenses from Microsoft in order to be in compliance.

Update: For those who don't want or need Office installed locally on their devices, there's always Office Online (formerly known as Office Web Apps). These Webified versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote are free and available to IE, Safari and Chrome users -- and are even available in the Chrome Web Store as of yesterday.

Topics: Mobility, Cloud, Collaboration, iPad, Microsoft, Tablets, Windows


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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  • I feel the cost is too high

    I'm kind of jealous of people using mac who get pages, numbers and keynote for free.
    • Office Online is free too

      Office Online is free via OneDrive - free web versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote - All quite capable. :)
    • Pages, Numbers, and Keynote

      If those three will do it for you, and you don't tend to use the extras that you get, then you might as well just go with the free Google things. Or on Windows, you could set up OO or LO and Dropbox to sync. Either way, you don't really have to pay.
      Michael Alan Goff
    • Jealous, nah you have envy.

      Big difference between jealous and envy.
    • So get a mac

      And it's not free - it's subsidized, somewhere...
  • Sad the iPad doesn't have a file system

    How useful is Office if you can't save a copy of your work without an internet connection or having your desktop or laptop near? While I have an iPad and it has some nice features, from my view it's not a replacement for a laptop - at least for me.
    • You can save

      without an internet connection and you can use it to open mailed documents AFAIK. Once you are back online the changes you saved will then be synced.
  • Office 365 is for the birds

    First off, my feelings on Office 365 is that it's another way for Microsoft to be in control. You don't pay, you don't use the service or software. I have enough software renewals a year that I have to worry about as it is. Why have 365 on that trend too? Why can't users just pay once to use it and then let it be theirs? Until Microsoft lowers the price of 365, PLUS makes it so there's no monthly or yearly subscription fee, I'm NOT using it! I'm perfectly happy with Office 2010 - no fees, no worry!

    Not everybody is rich and can afford all these ridiculous monthly and yearly subscription fees, Microsoft!
    • As somebody

      who upgrades to each new version when it comes out and I use Outlook, the 2013 Home & Student version is not good enough and if you take the price of Home & Business and the upgrade period, it makes sense for ME, even excluding the fact that I get Publisher and Access thrown in "for free", plus Skype minutes and extra storage space.

      You are correct, it isn't for everybody, but I've re-upped for my second year and I am very happy with the service so far.

      If you don't need the extras and don't upgrade every time a new release comes out, then it is more expensive, but then you can still buy the 2013 boxed version, if you want to upgrade.
    • Office 2013

      I agree with codyw3. I feel like I am being held hostage by Microsoft. If I can find a suitable word processer and spreadsheet, I'm dumping the stupid software out into the universe. I don't need Cloud or OneDrive or any other storage available to God knows who. I am not a techie so this may sound elemental to some of you. But I am so sick of Microsoft flexing their muscles, next time I need a computer or software, Apple here I come.
      Mrs. Owens
    • Subscription costs tend to obfuscate

      "$10/mo is affordable by all!"

      Until everyone does subscriptions, where everyone pays annually. Over a few years, the cost of a purchase-based product instead of subscription lease is met, but you're still having to pay...

      The upside is getting the newest releases, which are not guaranteed to come out every 3 years, especially if there is no incentive to make a new product version. That could conceivably happen with subscription schemes; and users of Adobe's products know that between CS3 and CS6, very few new innovations came out. There are fewer that can be made.
  • What about custom domains

    Since Microsoft recently stopped offering for custom domains and said details will soon emerge on how to use Office365 to host your custom email, does anyone know which plans of Office365 will offer that ability. I run a lot of small websites for friends and local businesses. Since Google Apps no longer does free email, I need an alternative that is cheap or free. SquirrelMail just doesn't cut it :)