on Thursday announced a new Office 365 subscription meant for
individuals, dubbed Office 365 Personal. The company says it recognizes
there are "households of all shapes and sizes", whether one person or an
Office 365 Personal will be available to
individuals at a lesser price than Office 365 Home Premium,
which now as the company identifies, is meant for households. The
company is charging $6.99 per month, or $69.99 annually, for the
The Office 365 Personal subscription
allows access to Office apps on one PC or Mac computer, and one tablet.
To put that in perspective, Office 365 Home premium is a $99 annual
subscription package ($9.99 monthly) and gives online access on up to
five PC or Mac computers.
While Microsoft will continue to offer
Office 365 Home Premium subscription for households, it is changing the
name to Office 365 Home.
Users will see this change when Office
365 Personal becomes available. Although Microsoft hasn't given an exact
date of the release, it has announced a US Spring release.
company also said that whichever Office 365 subscription users choose,
they will "get all of the subscription benefits including 60 minutes of
Skype calling per month, 20GB of additional OneDrive storage" and
updates for the most recent version of Office.
Earlier this month,
in an attempt to enhance the Office 365 experience and further increase
productivity, Microsoft had announced a new feature called Office
Office Graph evaluates users' Web searches and online
interactions by mapping likes, posts, replies, shares, and uploads by an
Office 365 user. Microsoft's new Office Graph is based on Yammer's
concept of the Enterprise Graph across Office 365.