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Want Office365? Get a HP Stream 7 and $25 store credit on top of it

If you plan to subscribe to Microsoft's online service Office365 Personal in the near future, you know that you have to pay $6.99 for a subscription per month or $69.99 per year to do so when you sign up directly on the Microsoft Store website.

Cheaper deals are available if you look beyond the official Microsoft Store. Students may find one on Amazon where a 4-year Microsoft Office 365 University subscription is offered for $79.95

Amazon and other retailers may also offer Home, the bigger Office 365 subscription, for a discount. It is available for $10 per month or $100 per year on Microsoft's own store.

The main difference between the two subscription models is that Home allows you to install Office on up to 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets and 5 phones while Personal is restricted to 1 PC or Mac and 1 tablet and phone.

Anyway, the HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet has been on offer in the Microsoft Store for some time now at a retail price of $99. With it comes an Office 365 Personal subscription for a year.

hp stream 7The price of the tablet has dropped recently in store to $79 which may make it interesting to users who plan to subscribe to Office 365 Personal (and also to users who want the tablet of course).

Microsoft adds on top of that a $25 Windows Store Gift card and free shipping. The tablet runs Windows 8.1 and is equipped with an Intel Atom processor (1.33 GHz), 1 Gigabyte of RAM and 32 Gigabyte of internal storage space.

The device has a 7-inch IPS display that runs on a 1280x800 native resolution. It has a 2MP rear-facing camera and a 0.3MP front-facing camera, supports microSD cards and 802.11n Wi-Fi with Miracast as well as Bluetooth.

The Signature Edition, in case you are wondering, refers to the device shipping without junk or trialware.

It should be clear that this is not a fast device by any stretch of the imagination and that it is limited in regards to what you can do with it.

If you check out reviews of the Stream 7, for instance the extensive Anandtech review of it, you will notice that most reviewers think of it as a good device. Most criticize the low battery live of the device and the headphone quality but that it provides a good experience at the price point.

Here is a video review of the device that reveals more about it:

The deal seems to be limited to the US Microsoft Store for now. I checked the German store quickly and the price of the device was still at €99 without Windows Store credit at that time.

It is a good deal if you want to subscribe to Office 365 Personal anyway or want a Windows tablet.

Now You: How cheap do you think Windows Tablets will get in the future?

Want Office365? Get a HP Stream 7 and $25 store credit on top of it
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Want Office365? Get a HP Stream 7 and $25 store credit on top of it
Microsoft runs a promotion on its store right now that gets you an Office 365 Personal subscription, the HP Slate 7 and $25 Windows Store credit for $79.

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    1. kalmly said on February 16, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      Monthly subscription. No thank you.

      Yearly subscription. No thank you.

      MS Office. No thank you.

      1. tuna said on February 16, 2015 at 4:58 pm

        SaaS, Software as a Service, your new money mooching BFF.

    2. None said on February 16, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      You want Paul thorrott vs Anandtech

    3. Peter said on February 16, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      I recently brought a Linx8 tablet which has very similar specs to this primarily because I was going to subscribe to Office 365 anyway making the tablet which came with a years subscription to Office 365 Personal a small cost on top of what I would have paid for office alone anyway for the next 12 months. Personally speaking at around £60 for Office 365 Personal (just over a £1 a week, price of a loaf of bread or 2 litres of milk) its hardly breaking the bank is it and your not forced to subscribe!

      1. Oxa said on February 16, 2015 at 10:13 pm

        For anyone who keeps a computer and its software 5-6 years, £60 annually for Office 365 Personal is about 3x the cost of a non-subscription free-standing MS Office. For most people, a 200% increase in the price of something is breaking the bank.

        1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 16, 2015 at 10:26 pm

          I agree. There are situations where an online subscription does not pay off especially if you use a version of Office for many years.

        2. Peter said on February 16, 2015 at 11:04 pm

          Take your point to an extent but I think for most people £60/yr is a pretty incidental cost for access to such a full featured package and remember you also get 1TB of cloud storage to help sweeten the deal, you’d be hard pushed to get 1TB storage alone for £60/yr let alone an Office Suite on top (for example DropBox charges £7.99/mth for 1TB storage). I certainly don’t feel taken advantage of.

        3. Martin Brinkmann said on February 16, 2015 at 11:17 pm

          Peter it all comes down to your needs. For some, it is a great offer and I can see that. For others, it may not be worth it and I see that as well.

          As long as there is choice, all is fine in my opinion.

    4. Anonymous said on February 17, 2015 at 1:11 am

      £60/yr for storage is about the price of an external hard drive, which will last 10 years, making the cost of 1TB OneDrive storage about 10x that of an external drive. But very few people need 1TB storage for their personal use. I have 30 years worth of business and personal files, media, and OS backups on my external hard drive and it comes to 200 GB. I don’t think you really understand the limited needs of the average home computer user. The current contents of my hard drive comes to ~23GB, sans media and OS. Most people I know back up the entire documents folder of their home computer to a 4GB or 8GB flash drive (if they back up at all, but that’s another story). They can get by with 15 GB of free OneDrive space.

      1TB of space is needed primarily by those with large media collections. But Microsoft monitors the content of all files on OneDrive and a violation of its terms of service (e.g., pirated media) results in account shutdown.

      Your argument for the cost-effectiveness of Office365 for the average user is simply not persuasive.

      1. Peter said on February 18, 2015 at 12:33 pm

        I have now stored everything on Onedrive (save for drive images of my system drive which just take too long to upload at the 3mb upload speed of my connection). All my main Window folders (Documents, Pictures, Music and Video) been located in my OneDrive folder so as anything changes its uploaded. Currently weighs in at about 350GB of data. Yes I could backup to a hard drive (and indeed I do to 3 external drives regularly) but those hard drives are vulnerable to failure, theft, fire etc since they are located at home whereas my cloud data is not (and is duplicated across servers) and the price charged for said storage is very competitive. Horses for courses of course but suits my needs.

    5. ilev said on February 17, 2015 at 9:24 am

      Selling unwanted Windows 8.1 Tablets at a lose ?

    6. RamboIT said on February 17, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      In Illinois here. Debate on whether the product is worth the cost, or not, is moot if MS Office is required to get the job done. In general, homeowners and small businesses have little to no issue using LibreOffice, set to save in the MS Office 2007-2013 file format so they can share files as needed. Mid sized to large businesses must use MS Office for full compatibility with customer and supplier supplied files. MS Office is the only real business choice. Most businesses in my area still buy the full version, instead of subscribing to O365, planning on not upgrading for four or five years. The problem is that MS makes slight changes in the programs such that if you use Access 2010, Access 2013 may not act the same, and vice versa. This is the same tactic that MS has used for decades to keep the money machine rolling along by practically forcing the need to upgrade on their customers. As more corporations switch to Office 365, others working with them will be dragged into it to stay fully compatible with the latest version.

      That said, it is nice to get one year for free to see if one can benefit from it or not..

    7. InterestedBystander said on February 17, 2015 at 7:14 pm

      In my experience, if there is any irregularity in the licensing process, Microsoft melts down. Talking to customer service feels like asking a Mafia thug for help, except for the Indian accent. For me, it’s worth extra effort to avoid using Office or Microsoft.

      But of course it makes good marketing sense to offer a Windows tablet as incentive to buy into the subscription version of MS Office. From an article on ComputerWorld’s site:

      “Microsoft will also release a new version of Office in 2015. The measure of its success won’t be the number of people who buy Office the traditional way, but instead how many jump for an annual subscription. Office continues to be a runaway success, and if Microsoft can move people from a pay-for-it-once to a subscription model, it will lock in a sizable, steady stream of revenue.”

      My employer (a municipality in the USA) is so far into Microsoft’s pocket they can smell Satya Nadella’s underwear. If anything, they’re increasing their MS footprint rather than decreasing it. If my employer is typical of even 30% of Microsoft’s customers, then MS is looking at high bacon for a long time to come.

      1. Heiser said on February 20, 2015 at 10:45 pm

        No way. This is not happening. The moment they start depending on subscriptions, someone large – like google for example – will roll out a free or nearly free office packet and I mean something of Office 365 quality. It always happens to arrogant pricks who jump on easy money bandwagon because that’s how you take over a market. MS makes the same mistake over and over again when they get dominant position.

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