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Microsoft Office 365 Personal launches in the UK

Now available for six quid a month
Wed Apr 16 2014, 14:54
Entrance staircase advertising Microsoft Office 365

MICROSOFT HAS ANNOUNCED UK pricing for Office 365 Personal, the personal subscription tier for its cloud based productivity suite, offering individual users the option to rent its software.

The company has finally made pricing information available in the UK, after we reported on plans for the service last month. The new Microsoft Office 365 Office Personal subscription is available for £5.99 per month or £59.99 a year for a single user license to use the productivity suite on one desktop and one tablet machine.

The price includes Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Onenote, but not Outlook, plus 60 minutes of Skype credit per month and 20GB of additional Onedrive space, which together represent around a £3.00 value if bought separately.

The announcement on the Microsoft Office blog told users, "We're committed to delivering a great [Microsoft] Office experience to all of our customers and believe that giving you a choice about the [Microsoft] Office 365 subscription that fits your unique needs is one way we can do that."

The company announced a series of updates to Office Online on Tuesday, including the arrival of the service on the rival Google Chrome store, a bold move as Microsoft's price war continues against Google's Drive storage and productivity suite.

Meanwhile, the UK government is in the process of rolling out Microsoft Office 365, however MP Francis Maude recently announced that he intends to move the UK government to open source software in the future to cut costs, an announcement that Microsoft protested, of course. µ


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