Microsoft Hikes Price on Office for Mac by 17%

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Microsoft has quietly jacked up the price of Office for Mac 2011 by 17 percent for the Home & Student edition and 10 percent for the Home & Business edition. The move brings pricing for the Mac version in sync with the 2013 Windows version of the productivity suite, which udnerwent its own price increase when it was released.

Office for Mac Home & Student is now priced at US$139.99, up 17 percent from $119.99. Office for Mac Home & Business is now $219.99, up from $199.99. As noted above, mulit-Mac licenses are no longer being offered.

For users wanting to have Office on multiple Macs, Office 365 Home Premium is now the only option. That subscription version of Office is $99.99 per year, or $9.99 per month, as shown in the image below from Microsoft's Mactopia site.

Office for Mac 2011 Price Hike

Office for Mac 2011 Pricing

Computerworld noted the price hike, which may have gone into effect as early as February 2nd, 2013. Microsoft did not announce the increase per se, Office for Mac is simply now more expensive.

For those looking for a deal, Amazon is offering the old family pack (up to three Macs) for the Home & Student edition for $109.99 for Prime members. A single license version is $118.95 (no Prime membership required).

Amazon has the Home & Business two Mac version for $229.99 (no Prime membership required). There's a one-Mac version for $194.45 (also with a Prime requirement). Amazon's pricing is constantly in flux, so if you're interested, buy now.

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Microsoft has been pushing its user base towards software rentals for the last ten years or so, and these price increases are likely intended to make Office 365 Home Premium look more attractive.

For users who need Outlook, calendars, and tasks and upgrade when Office is updated every two years, the subscription model is slightly less expensive.

The same applies to those who want to install Office on multiple Macs. At $110 a pop (via Amazon), two or three Macs add up pretty quickly.

For people who don't need those services and use their copy of Office for many years, a single license copy remains the best bargain.

Of course, many Mac users find Apple's iWork suite to be up to their needs. At $19.99 each for Pages, Keynote, and Numbers, it's a no-brainer unless you need the Microsoft-branded apps (which is certainly true for many people).

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And yet, instead it’s making things like OpenOffice more attractive.

Seriously, people, come to the Open Side. We have cookies


OpenOffice… NeoOffice… LibreOffice… iWork… Why would anyone that doesn’t need M$ Office pay for it, or worse… buy a subscription!?

Hopefully, most people that “need” M$ Office are able to purchase it at a discount. If I was so inclined, I could purchase it through my employer for $9.99.


I’m really hoping all of this subscription stuff backfires. I think it’s the pits.


Where I work they are just finishing the installation of an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software to manage the whole company. Everything is fine except that the consultant that they brought in to do the installation. He is one of those people that thinks Microsoft can do no wrong. He implemented everything from the reports, to the web interface, to the server side, to the barcode scanners, so they all work best with MS products. We HAVE to have Office on every machine, at ~$300 per license. With ~50 desktops that’s a hell of a lot of money just because he won’t consider OpenSource. We’ve had screaming arguments because we tried to use FireFox on “his” web page or put OpenOffice on a desktop, or use Ubuntu in one of the virtual machines.

The Bastard.

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