Last month we brought you the news that South African Office 365 Home (formerly called Office Home Premium) subscribers were in for a sizeable increase of around 20% with a planned increase in the works. Today we received confirmation from Microsoft South Africa that a price increase would indeed come into effect from the 7th of May.
Until now the price of a single month of membership to Office 365 Home for those who subscribe directly through Microsoft’s online site has been R74.99 a month or R749.99 for a 12 month subscription, the new pricing will see the monthly cost jump by 26% to R94.99 a month. The price increase is directly related to the weakness of the Rand against the US Dollar with the new price more closely reflecting the $9.99 (R105) a month price of the same subscription for US users.
Office 365 Home is designed as a household sized subscription that entitles users to five separate installations of the latest version of the Office productivity suite on either Mac or Windows PCs, another 5 installations on tablets as well as 60 minutes of Skype World Call minutes and 20GB of extra SkyDrive storage for each of the five users.
Last month Microsoft added Office Personal to its product portfolio for those who don’t require more than one installation of Office on a PC or Mac as well as another for a tablet which reduces the price to R59.99 per month or R599.99 for a full year’s subscription.
The old pricing of R749.99 is still available on the Microsoft Office website for those who are able to fork out for the entire year’s subs at once, alternatively you can shop around for a cheaper price on the boxed retail version of Office 365 Home. We’ve already managed to find one at just R629 from Lenovo South Africa’s online store.