Microsoft Office 365 Home Update: More Users And More Sign-ins
For those that are subscribed to Office 365 Home, Microsoft has announced that they are updating the contract to allow more users to access the subscription, and they’re updating the installation limits as well.
When Office 365 Home was first announced, it was $99/year and gave access to Office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more, plus additional OneDrive storage for each user. Although the amount of OneDrive space has changed, it’s currently 1 TB of OneDrive per person on the subscription. So in theory, you could have up to 5 TB of file stored in the cloud as well as the Office applications for up to five people.
Office was limited to 10 device installs total, and you could manage which devices were activated through the Office.com portal, but this is changing as well. Five of the devices could be PCs and the rest could be tablets or phones.
|Office 365 Home Users|
|Office 365 Personal||Office 365 Home (Previous)||Office 365 Home (New)|
|Office 365 Users||1||5||6|
|Office Installs||1 PC/Mac, 1 tablet, and 1 phone||5 PCs/Macs, 5 tablets and 5 phones||Unlimited devices, 5 signed in to Office per user|
|OneDrive||1 TB x 1 user||1 TB x 5 users||1 TB x 6 users|
|Skype minutes||60 x 1 user||60 x 5 users||60 x 6 users|
|Microsoft Support (Phone/Chat)||Included|
With the new terms, Office 365 Home is now going to cover six people instead of five, and the 1 TB of OneDrive of course extends to that sixth person, increasing the total cloud storage to 6 TB. The device limit has changed as well, with no limits to the number of devices Office is installed on, but each person will only be able to be signed into Office on five devices at a time. This is a big jump though from 10 total for all 5 people.
These new changes come with no additional cost. Office 365 Home still costs $99/year, or $9.99 per month.