Right on target for its promised spring debut, Microsoft on Tuesday launched Office 365 Personal, a new subscription offering specifically geared towards individuals.
First unveiled last month, Office 365 Personal lets you run Microsoft's cloud-based document creation and editing suite on one PC or Mac and one tablet for $6.99 (£4) a month or $69.99 (£42) a year. Office 365 Personal is available online, at Microsoft stores, and through online and retail partners.
The existing Office 365 Home Premium subscription, which lets you connect five computers, is also available for $9.99 (£6) a month or $99.99 (£60) a year. Microsoft will still offer that option, but is dropping "Premium" from its name to make things a little less confusing. It will now just be Office 365 Home. Both plans come with 60 minutes of Skype calling per month and 20GB of additional OneDrive storage.
"By offering Office 365 Personal, in addition to Office 365 Home, we are better positioned to deliver the right Office to a broader range of households — whether it's an individual or a family of five," Microsoft's Jevon Fark wrote in a blog post Tuesday. "Whichever Office 365 is right for you, you'll enjoy the freedom to get work done at home, school, or on the go — on any device."
In other Office news, Microsoft also today began rolling out a few updates to its recently rebranded Office Online suite covering Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and OneNote. The Excel Online update lets you insert, edit, and delete comments and use Tell Me, a feature that lets you ask how to do something.
Word Online will now let you make comments and changes at the same time as others, as well as add footnotes and endnotes inline. PowerPoint Online is getting a revamped text editor, quicker slide transitions, and playback support for embedded YouTube videos.
Finally, OneNote Online is getting support for printing, a feature many people have requested.
In addition, Office Online is now available in the Chrome Web Store. If you're a Chrome user, you can now add Word Online, PowerPoint Online, and OneNote Online to your Chrome App launcher to create online Office documents right from your desktop. Excel Online will be available in the web store soon.