Picked up a copy of Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium from Office Depot this morning (surprisingly Walmart and Target only had the more expensive, single-use license, non-subscription versions). My first thoughts when I removed the shrink-wrap and opened the box: how much could they have saved if they did not package the product key card in a box. Really? How much did the packaging design add to the cost of the product? Imagine if Xbox Live cards were packaged the same way. Now that I have gotten that off my chest, I have to say that purchasing Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium is a no-brainer for anyone with multiple devices in their household.
When you purchase your copy of Office 365 Home Premium, the first thing you’ll notice is that there is no physical media to install the software. That’s right kids, no installation DVD for this version. It’s all in the cloud. The next thing you will notice is that you are now committed to a year subscription in order to use the software. Some people might be a bit hesitant about paying $99 a year (or $9.99 a month), but considering what you get, it’s a value.
I only have two complaints from my initial experience using it. First, you cannot customize the Office installation on your computer so you get everything. I don’t need/want Outlook, Access or Publisher but it was installed anyway. Second, the 20 GB of storage on SkyDrive is tied to one account and cannot be divided up among other people in the house. Neither is a deal-breaker in any case.