A small but significant portion of Microsoft Office business suite users have embraced the subscription option, otherwise known as Office 365, with one out of four opting for it in the U.S. Stephen Baker of the US-based research firm NPD group, told Computerworld’s Gregg Keizer, that sales at U.S. Retailers for Office 2013 outweighed that of Office 365 by 3:1.
Baker reckoned that "Sales [of Microsoft Office suite] compared to the same weeks in 2012 were pretty flat. But that's understandable when you haven't spent a lot of money on promotion." Both versions of Microsoft Office, at least when it comes to retail editions, have inherited different strengths although both can’t be used in a commercial environment.
Office 365 Home Premium costs as little as £70 for the equivalent of Microsoft Office Professional plus you get extra online storage space and Skype credit for up to five seats.
The downside is that it is valid only for one year and you cannot use it in an office environment.
Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 (which costs £93 at Amazon) on the other hand offers a perpetual license but you can only install it on one computer, you don’t get any of the goodies and you do not get Outlook, Access and Publisher.
In the UK, Amazon lists the standard Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 edition as the best-selling office suite with Office 365 Home Premium listed at the third place and Microsoft Office 365 University at #9. As for Office 365 Small Business Premium, it is listed at #70.