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It’s been a long time coming, but Microsoft has finally released a new version of Office. The end of January release brought with it a completely new version of Office, one that is a little more modern, maybe even more exciting. In true Microsoft fashion however, there are numerous versions of Office 2013 making it slightly complicated to know which version will fit well with your business.
Here’s a brief overview of the different versions of Office 2013 released last month.
A tale of three Offices
There are three different types of Office: Standalone, Subscription and RT. The standalone versions are similar to older versions of Office, as you will be able to buy these in stores. You pay once, and have access to the software that comes in that bundle, as you would with older versions. The only difference is that older versions came on CDs or DVDs, while the newer versions are really a code that you enter on the Microsoft website to download Office.
Subscription based versions are referred to as Office 365 for home, and are sold on a per month/year basis. You will be able to buy a year subscription in stores, which will come with an activation code you can enter in the Office site to download the software. This option is heavily integrated with the cloud and users will be able to store and access documents by signing into their SkyDrive account. You can also store files on your computer.
The RT version of Office is a tablet specific version engineered for use with touchscreen devices. This version comes installed on all RT tablets like the Microsoft Surface. This will only work on tablets running ARM processors and will only be available to users who buy a specific tablet. You won’t be able to buy the software in stores, or online.
Office 365 versions
Office 2013 standalone versions
It should be noted that the standalone versions of Office have a perpetual license which means that you can use them for as long as you like.
Is this Office 365 for business?
The new versions of Office, including Office 365 Home Premium are technically for home use. While this new version contains the name ‘Office 365’ it is actually different from the Office 365 used in businesses. If you currently use the business offering in your company (email servers, instant messaging, SharePoint, etc), there are new versions coming February 27. If you don’t use Office 365 in your business, and are just looking for a new version of Office, Home Premium could be a good option.
Looking to upgrade to a new version of Office, or would like to learn more about how they can help your business, contact us today.
Published on 12th February 2013 by Jeanne DeWitt.