Microsoft announced today that there are now more than 1 million Office 365 Home Premium subscribers, reaching that mark in about 100 days.
In addition, the company says the new Office — which includes Office 365 Home Premium, University and ProPlus, as well as the traditional software versions of Office 2013 — has become the best-selling Office edition, with more than one sold every second. That would add up to about 20 million licenses or subscriptions sold, according to a Microsoft spokeswoman.
Microsoft launched the new Office for consumers on Jan. 29. (It launched its Office offerings for businesses and other organizations on Dec. 1 last year.) With that launch came a completely new way for people to pay for Office: with a subscription. Office 365 Home Premium costs $99.99 for an annual subscription (which works out to about $8.34 a month), or $9.99 a month if paid month-by-month. A subscription allows the buyer to access Office online and use it on up to five PCs, Macs or other supported devices.
(The more traditional software version, called Office 2013, costs $139.99 for the Home and Student version. It can be used indefinitely, but only on one machine.)
The Office subscription model, which Microsoft executives have said have exceeded expectations, is one of the key ways in which in the company is moving from a traditional software company to one that provides devices and services — essential in a world in which many people are accessing information, files and programs on multiple mobile devices.