Beyond the price rise, Microsoft has also stopped selling the multi-license packages of the software. The hike brings up the cost of single user Office for Mac Home & Student to $140 as compared to its previous price of $120 – a 17 per cent increase. Office for Mac Home & Business now costs $220 instead of $200 – a 10 per cent increase. Microsoft’s move can be considered an aggressive stance towards pushing its subscription based Office 365 plans.
The Windows 8 maker has also stopped selling multi-license packages – the three-license Home & Student package and two-license Home & Business package. These packages were priced at $150 and $250 respectively. If users want to go for three licenses of Home & Student package, they will have to shell out $420 – 180 per cent more than what they had to pay previously.
Microsoft came under heavy fire because of its Office 2013 EULA and subsequent confirmation that a “perpetual” license of the office productivity suite will be bound to just a single PC and it cannot be used on another PC – which indirectly means that if your PC is dead your license is dead. This may very well force users away from the productivity suite towards alternatives.
We believe Microsoft may be trying to make up for the billions it is losing for not developing an Office for iOS devices by increasing the prices of its Office for Mac.
Editor's Note: With additional reporting from Ravi Mandalia