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For the first time, consumers can buy Microsoft Office as an online subscription service.

Microsoft on Tuesday Jan.29, 2013 announced the availability of both its updated Microsoft Office suite and its Office 365 subscription service.

According to CNET, Microsoft is charging $100 yearly for an online subscription that provides access to Office on five Windows devices or Mac computers. The price to install Office on a single machine starts at $140. This is the "Microsoft recommended" version of Office. It comes with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access, 20 GB of SkyDrive storage, 60 global minutes per month on Skype, and Office on Demand for always-available Web access to the full suite. The traditional 30-day free trial is available for both Office 2013 and Office 365.

Five devices including PCs, Macs, and Windows mobile devices can use a single paid subscription to the Office.

The new Office provides immediate access to the newest releases, more elasticity, and lower prices depending on the number of devices running the software.

Office 365 University that is available only to eligible students and educators offers the lowest entry cost, at $79.99 for a four-year subscription that permits the full task force of products to be run on up to two PCs.

The annual subscription of Office is better. It is a long-term deal. Moreover, you need to pay $9.99 per month if you buy a monthly subscription to Office 365 Home Premium directly from Microsoft that gets all the same features as the annual subscription.


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