In March of this year, Microsoft officially launched Office 2016 in preview form for Mac users, letting them take the newest productivity suite of software for a spin before its public launch.
In July, that launch finally came, but specifically for Office 365 subscribers. Meaning that if Mac, or Windows, users wanted to get their fingers on Office 2016, they had to subscribe to Microsoft’s 365 service. The company did promise in July, though, that a standalone option was on the way, but a release date was never circled on the calendar.
That time has arrived, finally, for anyone that doesn’t want to subscribe to Office 365, and would prefer to pick up Office 2016 with a simple one-time payment:
“In July, we released Office 2016 for Mac to our Office 365 customers. The new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote are a significant step forward and provide the best of both worlds for Mac users—a familiar Office experience paired with the best of the Mac platform. The level of engagement and excitement about this Office for Mac release has surpassed our expectations. As promised in July, today Office 2016 for Mac will also be available as a one-time purchase.”
That one-time purchase will run buyers $149.99, by way of the Office Home & Student 2016 package. That means that users will be able to download the software on one Mac or PC, with no mention of being able to download it on a tablet or phone. Users that pay the one-time price will also get access to 15GB of OneDrive cloud storage.
The option is available now for $149.99. (Office 365 Personal is $69.99 annually, while Office 365 Home is $99.99 annually.)
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