Microsoft unveils Office 2013 pricing for UK, Europe

Microsoft unveils Office 2013 pricing for UK, Europe

Summary: Microsoft has lifted the lid on how much the standalone and subscription versions of its productivity suite will cost.

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Microsoft has unveiled European and UK pricing for Office 2013 and Office 365 Home Premium, but new business prices are yet to be revealed.

Customers in the UK can buy the subscription-based Office 365 Home Premium for five PCs or Macs £79.99 per year or £7.99 per month, which includes 20GB SkyDrive cloud storage and 60 minutes of Skype calls per month.

For the rest of Europe, the same package costs €99 and €10, respectively. Students are being offered a four-year Office 365 University subscription for two PCs or Macs for £59.99 in the UK and €79 for the rest of Europe.

Microsoft's standalone desktop suite, Office 2013, includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, with additional products for Home & Business and Professional. The desktop product also gets support on Windows Phone OS 7.5 or higher devices through Office Mobile.

Office Home and Student 2013 for one install costs £109.99 in the UK and €119 across Europe; Home & Office 2013, which includes Outlook, costs £219.99 in the UK and €269 in Europe.

Office Professional 2013 comes with the addition of Access and Publisher, and costs £389.99 in the UK and €539 in Europe.

As usual, consumers in markets outside the US are paying a higher price for software. Microsoft revealed 2013 pricing in the US last September, setting Office 365 Home Premium costs at $99.99 per year. Given current exchange rates, the same product costs roughly US$50 more for European and UK customers than their US counterparts. The same price difference applies to Australian customers, where the service costs AU$119 (US$124 or £78).

Microsoft is expected to release Office 365 and desktop updates for businesses at the end of February, with non-US customers set to pay a premium. In the US, Office 365 for Midsize Businesses will costs $15 for between 11 and 250 users, while Office 365 Enterprise & Government will be priced at $20 per seat for anything above 250 users.

Topics: Microsoft, Enterprise Software, EU, United Kingdom

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  • Which one to choose if any?

    Their website doesn't give a rundown of the advantages & disadvantages of the 365 and stand-alone offerings. Perhaps they don't want to.

    When I tried (unsucessfully) MS office 2007 or 2010 (can't remember which), there were dire warnings about being prosecuted if you use it to run an association, however charitable it may be. Now, I don't see any such warnings. Do you have to buy the product to find out what the conditions are?
    Daddy Tadpole
  • Which one to choose if any?

    Their website doesn't give a rundown of the advantages & disadvantages of the 365 and stand-alone offerings. Perhaps they don't want to.

    When I tried (unsucessfully) MS office 2007 or 2010 (can't remember which), there were dire warnings about being prosecuted if you use it to run an association, however charitable it may be. Now, I don't see any such warnings. Do you have to buy the product to find out what the conditions are?
    Daddy Tadpole
  • Hmm... $50 extra for Europeanst to use Office 2013? Guess why?

    The EC has punished MS for certain things in the past, like not including the option to choose other browsers instead of IE, and, MS had to figure out a way to pay those penalties.

    Just a guess, and I'm sure there are other reasons, but, that penalty thing had to be paid for somehow.
    adornoe
  • Major Jump Backwards

    No more being able to install Home&Student on up to 3 machines, indeed no more ability to transfer the regular retail version to a different machine--how crazy is that?
    ldo17
    • Why would that be a concern to you?

      YOu don't like anything Microsoft, so, why would you worry about it?

      But, I guess you always have to put in your negative 2 cents worth into any article that mentions Microsoft.
      adornoe
  • Can I get a discount anywhere ?

    It is too expensive to purchase a Microsoft product from Microsoft or retail store , if you are looking for it online, you can get more disocunts , I just bought my office professional plus 2013 on getsoftwarekey.com , it is only$39.99USD, and you know what , it is working amazing on my laptop, so recommend it , and save some money
    neowin88