Microsoft has been pushing its Office 365 subscription service pretty hard, and now there’s one more good reason to pay for an Office subscription instead of paying a 1-time fee for the latest desktop version of Office.
Sign up for Office 365 and not only do you get to use the latest Office apps… you also get unlimited online storage.
Plans start as low as $70 per year for an Office 365 Personal subscription.
Microsoft had already been pretty generous with its OneDrive cloud storage, offering Office 365 subscribers 1TB of space for files that could be accessed across their devices. The idea is that you can save Office documents to the cloud and open or edit them on any device and backup your photos to the cloud. But you can also upload just about any file to OneDrive.
There are other companies that offer cloud storage for free or for a fee, but none of those services include the latest versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, and Publisher.
When you sign up for Office 365 you can download and install any of those apps on your computer: Personal subscribers get a license for up to 1 PC or Mac and up to 1 tablet, while Office 365 Home users get up to 5 licenses for PC/Mac and 5 more for tablets. Both subscriptions get you access to Android, iOS, and Windows Phone apps as well as web-based Office apps (which are also available to use without a subscription).
Unlimited storage is rolling out first to Office 365 Home, Personal, and University customers. Microsoft OneDrive for Business customers should get upgraded to unlimited storage in 2015.