Microsoft announces Office 365 Personal -- renames 'Home Premium' to 'Home'

Office 365 Home Premium is a great value product for families. For the Leave It To Beaver market, it is a great way to save money as it provides five licenses. Wally, Beaver, Mom and Dad can all have Microsoft Office for a paltry $99 per year. Hell, they can give Eddie Haskell the extra license.

However, what about the lonely bachelors and single ladies of the world that do not need five licenses? Maybe a person only owns one computer and only needs one license. It is a sin to pay for five licenses and have four go to waste. Today, Microsoft announces a new option for the Juan Pablo's of the world -- Office 365 Personal. It offers potential cost savings to individuals.

"Today I want to announce Office 365 Personal. Coming this Spring, Office 365 Personal is a new, great option for people interested in using Office 365. It's designed for an individual, allows for one PC or Mac and one tablet to be connected to the service and will be available for $69.99 USD per year or $6.99 USD 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", says Chris Schneider, Microsoft.

Schneider further explains, "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. Whichever Office 365 subscription you choose, you'll get all of the subscription benefits including 60 minutes of Skype calling per month, 20 GB of additional OneDrive storage and always be up to date with the most recent version of Office".

This is great news for individuals, as it allows them to save $30. Sure, the five license Home version is the better value, but only if you need it. A $99 five-license version for someone that owns only one computer would waste $30 and four licenses. Choice is good in this case and Microsoft should be applauded for making a smart move.

Which version will you choose, Personal or Home? Why? Tell me in the comments.

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