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You want to get Office 365

… so said Microsoft.

If you have purchased Microsoft Office 2010 either Home and Business or Home and Student edition between 19 Oct 2012 and 30 Apr 2013, you are eligible to upgrade it to version 2013 between 29 Jan 2013 and 31 May 2013.

This is new. Microsoft don’t offer upgrades to new versions unless you signed up for Software Assurance.

What’s the catch then?

Take for example, Office 2010 Home and Student. In Malaysia, it goes for RM205 (or up to RM229, depending on which shop to ask.) It is for 3 PCs. And from what I understand, you can transfer the license. (Please correct me if I am wrong here.)

The upgrade I mentioned above, will convert it into a 1 PC license. And the new version is RM269. So, it’s more expensive and it’s for just 1 PC instead of 3. Of course, there are new features but if you want to use the new version in 3 PCs, you need to buy more licenses. What do you do? You go for Office 2013 365 Home Premium instead. You can install it to up to 5 PCs / Macs and even selected mobile devices. You also get to access your documents in a 20GB SkyDrive with 60 minutes of Skype calls per month. It’s a good deal, isn’t it? Yes, if you intend to use it for only 1 year.

Office 2013 365 Home Premium is valid for 1 year. It’s a subscription of RM249 per year. That’s right. you gave to pay RM249 per year to continue to use it, compared to paying just about the same amount and use it perpetually, on 3 PCs.

So, if you upgrade, you get all the new features and you can install it in up to 5 PCs / Macs but it’s only for 1 year.

Office 2010 Home and Business Upgrade is even more complex. It’s for 1 PC. Upgrading to Office 2013 Home and Business also gets you a 3-month free trial of Office 2013 365 Small Business Premium. See the details here. http://office.microsoft.com/en-001/offer/ If you want to continue to use Office 2013 365 Small Business Premium, you have to pay from the 4th months onwards. You get to keep your Office 2013 Home and Business edition though.

To say Microsoft is pushing hard the Office 365 is an understatement.

Call me old-fashion or traditional. I prefer to buy the license once and continue using it without having to pay subscription. I won’t get to upgrade to new versions but the software doesn’t stop working if I don’t pay.

To me, who doesn’t need to install the software to multiple PCs, subscription doesn’t make sense. The annual subscription (RM249) is not much difference from the retail price of RM269. I don’t need the Skype minutes and I don’t need the 20 GB SkyDrive (I already have 25 GB for free.)

One day, Google Drive (formerly known as Google Docs) and Open Office and Libre Office will be so good that no one will even consider Microsoft Office. Then they will know.

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  1. 02/04/2013 at 1:19 pm

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  3. 17/06/2013 at 7:31 am

    It is a good way uk home based business to do it is a low start-up cost in comparison to others because of the large family, and working from home. We usually tend to focus too much on the daily grind most corporate workers experience. It can feel isolating and lonely, particularly at first, but with added flexibility.

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