What is Skydrive?
The update to Office for Mac 2011 bought the new Skydrive cloud service to Office for Mac 2011. This means it is possible to save and access all your documents from your Mac, kind of like using iCloud or Dropbox.
Mac users who decide to subscribe to Office 365 will get 20GB of Sky Drive space (previously Microsoft gave just 5GB) and 60 mins of free Skype calls a month. The monthly subscription is £7.99, or you can pay £79.99 a year. That one subscription serves five computers, Mac or PC. Your subscription must be renewed monthly or annually in order to continue to use the software.
What is Office 365?
Back in January Microsoft launched Office 365. While this introduced little for Mac users it did impact Mac users via a new licensing model. With Office 360 comes a subscription option, users can sign up to the Microsoft's Office suite for £79.99 a year or £7.99 per month (Home edition). You're subscription must be renewed monthly or annually to continue to use the software.
One of the marquee new features of Office 365 is Office on Demand, a service that allows a PC without Word, Excel, or PowerPoint installed to run those programs via Internet streaming. But Office on Demand is a Windows-only feature; it remains to be seen whether it will be available to Mac users when the next version of Office for Mac is released
If you currently own Office for Mac 2011, you must uninstall that software when you sign up for Office 365. You will then download and install Office for Mac 2011 through your Office 365 account, on up to five Macs. If you don't re subscribe you'll basically lose the Office suite (so make sure you keep the installation discs somewhere).
Office 365 is a cloud-based distribution system for Office. Although the software is still run locally on your Mac or PC, you're encouraged to store your documents online and free storage on Microsoft's SkyDrive is included in the package.
Microsoft is 'encouraging' its customers to move to Office 365, the subscription model, by offering more flexible licencing terms.
How much will Office for Mac cost
Back in February this year Microsoft raised prices of Office for the Mac as much as 22% and stopped selling multi-license packages of the application suite. On the UK Microsoft Store Office for Mac Home and Business 2011 (including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook) now retails for £219.99 while Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 (including Word, PowerPoint and Excel) now retails for £109.99.
Previously you could pick up one Home and Business activation of the Business Edition for £189, or £239.99 for two activations. The latest price change is an 16.40% increase.
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