Micosoft’s entry-level Office 365 subscriptions are about to get a little more useful for home and/or personal users.

Currently if you pay $70 per year for an Office 365 Personal account you can install Office on up to five devices. Office 365 Home subscribers who pay $100 can install Office on up to 10 devices with up to five different user accounts.

But on October 2nd Microsoft is removing the restriction on the number of computers you can install Office on. You’ll be able to install the software on as many devices as you want… but you’ll only be able to stay logged in on up to five devices at a time.

In other words, if you’ve got a dozen PCs between your home and office, you can install Office on all of them. But you’ll need to sign in to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or other Office applications. And if you try to sign into more than five devices at once, you’ll see a message letting you know that the limit has been reached and that you need to logout from one of your other computers.

Microsoft is also increasing the number accounts you can link to an Office 365 subscription from five to six.

In other words, if you’ve got six people in your household, each of you can install Office on as many computers as you like… and each user can stay logged into as many as five at a time. So $100 per year kind of lets you install and use Office on up to 30 devices at a time.

Or you can use LibreOffice for $0 per year. But while the free and open source office suite is pretty great, it doesn’t have every feature available in Microsoft Office.

via ZDNet

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4 replies on “Soon you’ll be able to install Office 365 on as many PCs as you want”

  1. I’ve been using LibreOffice / OpenOffice / StarOffice for a very long time. It is easily able to handle anything I can throw at it these days. The first thing I do when I install it is to change the default save formats to Microsoft’s formats (i.e. docx, xlsx, etc.) to maintain compatibility with others. I can understand why businesses (especially large companies) go with Microsoft Office, but I really do not understand why any home user would pay the annual fee.

    1. I’ve happily used Libre/OpenOffice since high school, but I’ve made the transition slowly over that whole period to Google’s suite. Either way, I completely agree with you on personal use, and I’ll add that it’s getting harder to justify MS Office to my business clients. There are some, especially bookkeepers/accountants and the like, that need to use Excel, or marketers that must have Publisher, but other than that, we’re selling less and less Microsoft. This is true especially in the education sector, where free G Suite for Education + Chromebooks are obviating even the need for Windows, beyond even just Office, Exchange, etc.

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