It looks like life is going to get a wee bit more expensive this time around – and I am referring to Microsoft’s move in raising the standalone license price, not only for Office 2016 for Windows, but also for the Mac edition, where you might have to end up forking somewhere between 5% and 7% more than usual. It is rather nice to take note that the Office 365 subscription prices has remained the same though.
Basically, what will the new pricing be like? It will now cost you $10 more to own a single-license Office Home & Student 2016 edition, touching the $150 mark from $140, which translates to a 7.1% increase. As for Office Home & Business 2016 that will see the inclusion of Microsoft’s Outlook email client, there is a 4.5% increase of $10 from $220 to $230.
Those who would like to rock to Office Professional 2016 need not fret, as this particular model would have retained its $400 price point. Basically, all of the single-license, stand-alone editions happen to be sold mostly at retail, and have been deemed to be “perpetual” licenses due to the fact that they require a one-time payment, but has a basically “forever” shelf life. Having said that, Office happens to be one of the more essential software suites on any computer, so forking out a wee bit more should not be too much of a cause for grouchiness.