Microsoft unveils Office 2013 pricing for UK, Europe

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

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.

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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.