After Windows 10 Home, Microsoft Bumps Office 2019 Retail Prices
Microsoft has raised prices of Office 2019 by almost 10% for its retail customers reflecting the price change that was announced for commercial licenses back in July. The company announced the availability of Office 2019 for Mac and Windows bringing updated versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Visio, Project, and Publisher at Ignite 2018 last month.
A recent report by ComputerWorld confirms that the Redmond software maker has quietly increased the price of Office 2019 over Office 2016. For retail, Office Home & Business edition will now cost $249.99, which is a 9% increase from the previous version that was sold for $229.99. Office 2019 Professional edition will now cost $439.99, which is a 10% increase from Office 2016 that was sold for $399.99. Office Home & Student price remains the same.
The price hikes appear to be a way to lure customers to Office 365, a subscription-based service. The company had noted earlier that the price hikes "highlight the benefits of our pricing for a cloud-first world." As CW noted, the prices for Office 365 for both consumers and enterprises remain unchanged.
Microsoft recently also hiked the price for Windows 10 Home edition from $119.99 to $139.