Back in 2012 Microsoft launched a subscription version of Office 365 under the Office 365 Home Premium moniker. For $8.33 per user per month or $99.99 per year, subscribers would get access to the typical apps in the Office suite, with the added advantage of using the software on up to five PCs and Macs. Since then the service has grown significantly, boasting more than 3.5 million subscribers. Microsoft is now turning towards consumer customers. Today it launched Office 365 Personal, a relatively affordable subscription version of its popular productivity suite.
Office 365 Personal was designed keeping individuals in mind. Subscribers will be able to use the software on one PC or Mac apart from one tablet. Charges start at $6.99 per user per month or $69.99 per year. This doesn’t mean that Office 365 Home Premium subscriptions are now out of the picture.
Microsoft will continue to offer them but under the Office 365 Home brand. This change will become visible when Office 365 Personal becomes available. Regardless of which subscription is chosen, all subscribers receive 20GB of additional OneDrive storage and 60 minutes of Skype calling every month. There’s also the added advantage of being on the most recent version of Office.
The company has not revealed when Office 365 Personal is going to be available. It only says that more details will be shared “closer to availability.”