Microsoft Rolls Out Office 365 Personal for $6.99/Month

With the recent moves by Google Docs, Microsoft is showing itEUs serious about making Office 365 a contender in the cloud-based documents market. Redmond is rolling out Office 365 Personal. You can tap into the online productivity software for as little as $6.99 a month.

ItEUs not clear when Microsoft made the decision to get more aggressive, but a couple developments emerged last week that may have pushed Redmond to offer a version with a more digestible price. For one, Google rolled out a Google Apps Referral Program. If you recommend Google Apps to your friend and he signs on, you get a $15 referral fee.

But Google didnEUt stop there. The company also introduced Google Docs and Sheets add-ons, new tools created by developers that aim to give end users more features in their documents and spreadsheets. More than 50 add-ons debuted at launch.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Two days later, MicrosoftEUs Chris Schneider was pointing back to the previous weekEUs SharePoint Conference where executives discussed Office 365 for business investments. He said the company got some EUoutstanding feedbackEU from customers. Was a request for a lower price version among the feedback from the 3.5 million subscribers using Office 365? Possibly.

Schneider introduced Office 365 Personal, which will debut this spring. He called it a EUgreatEU new option for people interested in using Office 365. WhatEUs so great about it? ItEUs designed for individual use. One PC or Mac and one tablet can connect to the service for $69.99 a year or $6.99 a month.

EUWe recognize that there are households of all shapes and sizes and weEUre committed to delivering the right Office for everyone -- whether that be one person or an entire household,EU Schneider said. EUAdditionally, weEUll continue to offer our Office 365 Home Premium subscription for households, but weEUll...

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