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Microsoft unwraps new consumer plan for Office 365 - $6.99 / month

by David Needle

March 13 2014

Aiming to make its mainstay Office suite of software more accessible, Microsoft has revealed a new consumer subscription service that will be available this Spring.

Office 365 Personal is designed for individuals who will be able to access Office apps like  Word, Excel and PowerPoint from a PC or Mac and/or one tablet via the cloud.

Price is $69.99 per year or $6.99 per month.

“We recognize that there are households of all shapes and sizes and we’re committed to delivering the right Office for everyone – whether that be one person or an entire household,” Microsoft’s Chris Schneider said in a blog post.

“Additionally, we’ll continue to offer our Office 365 Home Premium subscription for households, but we’ll be changing the name to Office 365 Home. You’ll see this change when Office 365 Personal becomes available.”

Beyond the apps and ability to access, edit and view documents, the Office 365 subscription also includes 60 minutes of Skype calls per month for a number of countries (both mobile and landlines), 20 GB of additional OneDrive storage and the most current version of Office, which, because it is cloud-based is regularly updated.

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