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Microsoft Office 365 vs. Office 2013 – What to Choose?

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Microsoft has hit the crowd who usually carries a cloud over them with its latest launch of Office product. The new Office product is a blend of desktop suite and cloud integration. It has merged three different modes of accessing Office applications and files and introduced three different versions of Microsoft Office that are Microsoft Office 2013, Microsoft Office 365, and Microsoft Office Web Apps. Here we have analyzed how these three types of Microsoft Office products work and which version works the best in enterprises.

Microsoft Office 2013

Microsoft office 2013

Microsoft Office 2013 is the desktop version of the latest Office product. This desktop-based version comes packed with physical disc to install on a PC. Office 2013 is available with Office 2013 Home & Student, Office 2013 Home & Business, and Office 2013 Professional edition. Although Microsoft Office 2013 is pricier than Microsoft Office 365, but, users will get the complete product for a lifetime. Different editions of Microsoft Office 2013 pack in different range of Office applications. The Home and Student edition includes core applications, whereas Home and Business 2013 has Microsoft Outlook with all core applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote). With Microsoft Office 2013 Professional, Microsoft mixes with Publisher and Access to Office 2013 Home and Business edition.

Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft office 365

Microsoft Office 365 is the hybrid product of desktop-based components and web-based components of Microsoft Office. Office 365 is a subscription based Office suite that is hosted on the basis of subscription taken, whether monthly or yearly. This cloud-based program takes in server products such as Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Lync, required by small, medium and large enterprises. Office 365 also supports Office Web Apps to allow users to access Office files from Internet connected devices. However, the storage limits on the server depends upon the subscription plan users sign up for.  Similar to Microsoft Office 2013, Office 365 is also available for consumers as well as enterprise users; these are:

Office Web Apps is a free version of Microsoft Office which supports online versions:

  • Word
  • Excel, PowerPoint
  • OneNote
  • Outlook

Users need to access these files from the consumer version of Microsoft SkyDrive cloud storage by signing with Windows Live account. Office Web Apps supports all major browsers including the latest versions:

  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Internet Explorer
  • Google Chrome
  • Apple Safari

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