Home and Student was available for just £89.99, or £109.99 for three activations. The new price is a 22.23% increase.
Both versions are now only available for one Mac. This means that a three-license package of Home & Student now costs £329.97, a 200% increase on the previous price.
A two-license bundle of Home & Business will now set you back £439.98, an 88.33% increase on the previous bundle price.
The move puts Office for Mac 2011 on the same pricing schedule as the new Office 2013 for Windows, notes our sister site Computerworld. The price increases and the disappearance of the multi-license bundles also makes Microsoft's Office 365, a software-by-subscription deal the company has aggressively pushed, more competitive with traditional "perpetual" licenses.
The new prices are identical to those of Office 2013 for Windows, as are the percentage increases.
The price increases and the killing of the multi-license packs were clearly intended to steer consumers and small businesses to a pair of Office 365 subscription plans.
Office 365 Home Premium, which costs £79.99 annually or £7.99 per month, provides a single household license that lets subscribers install Office for Mac Home & Business - the one that includes Outlook - on up to five Macs; install Office 2013 on up to five Windows machines; or install any combination of Office on five PCs and Macs. Home Premium launched Jan. 29.
Students can purchase a four-year Office 365 University subscription for two PCs or Macs for £59.99.
Microsoft Office 365 is available from £3.90 per user per month for up to 50 users and from £5.20 per user per month for 50+ users, according to Microsoft's site.
This means that under the P1 Plan for Small Business, purchasing a plan for five installations of Office for Mac would cost £3.90 per user/per month. Or £234 a year.
Can you get Office on the Mac?
The surprising thing is how many people ask whether you can get Microsoft Office on a Mac. There is a common misconception that the Office suite is not available for the Mac, and of course it is. Other misconceptions include the idea that a Word document cannot be opened on a Mac. It can, and of course you don't need the Office suite to do so.
The history of Microsoft Office on the Mac
Word: A basic version of Word for MS-DOS was introduced in 1983 and then a WYSIWYG version appeared on the Mac in 1985. Word for Windows, the first WYSIWYG version of Word on PCs, came in 1989.
Excel: Macs had Excel in 1985, Excel didn't come to Windows until 1987.
PowerPoint: PowerPoint was originally called Presenter and it was a Mac app introduced in 1987. Microsoft bought Presenter and introduced it to Windows as PowerPoint in 1990.
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