As promised, Microsoft is now offering a cheaper option for Office 365 subscribers. Don’t want to pay $10 per month to use Office on up to 5 computers? Now for less than the cost of a Netflix subscription, you can get an Office 365 Personal account which lets you run Office on one PC or Mac and one tablet.
Office 365 Personal plans run $6.99 per month, or $69.99 per year.
At that price, an Office 365 Personal subscription is about the same price as buying a new copy of Office Home & Student every two years… but Office 365 includes features such as Outlook, Access, and Publisher which you wouldn’t get with the Home & Student Edition.
Office isn’t the only game in town anymore. You can use free or cheap alternatives including Google Docs, LibreOffice, or Kingsoft Office to perform many of the same tasks.
But if you absolutely need the official version of Office and want to make sure you always have access to the latest version of the software, Office 365 Personal is probably the most affordable option for folks that typically pay for each new version of Office as it becomes available.
Microsoft also offers Office 365 University for students. That edition costs $80 for a 4-year subscription.