Today is a special day, not just because it’s Tuesday. But because it’s the launch of Microsoft’s highly anticipated Office 2013 and Office 365.

With Office 2013 and Office 365 we’re seeing some amazing innovations and changes that have been meticulously engineered to increase your potential for unleashing creativity and improving your workflow. As you can now take your work with you Microsoft have made switching devices and computers a breeze with their SkyDrive synchronisation bringing you your own personal Office – in the cloud.

Microsoft has a productivity vision, a connected world with a seamless experience across multiple devices. With that vision focused around devices, the cloud, social media and user control. The new Office delivers what end users need based on technological trends and developments.

But with the release of two products, which to the untrained eye are seemingly the same, how do you know which one is right for you? Allow me to try and explain.

Microsoft are changing the way we view and utilise our Office applications, creating documents, spread sheets, e-mails and a plethora of other documents that we use on a daily basis.

Each version of Microsoft Office has its own unique benefits, not every home user is going to need the business orientated applications, so there are versions of Office 2013 and 365 available with or without these applications. - Meaning that there’s a version of Office available for everybody.

Let’s take a look at the different versions of Microsoft Office 2013 that are available:

Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student
Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Business
Microsoft Office 2013 Professional
Microsoft Office 365 University
Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium 
Microsoft Office 365 Small Business Premium

Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student (For Non-Commercial Use)

Included Applications:
• Microsoft Word
• Microsoft Excel
• Microsoft PowerPoint
• Microsoft OneNote

Services Included with the Package:
• Saving Documents to the Cloud
• Roaming Documents and Settings

Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Business

Included Applications:
• Microsoft Word
• Microsoft Excel
• Microsoft PowerPoint
• Microsoft OneNote
• Microsoft Outlook

Services Included with the Package:
• Saving Documents to the Cloud
• Roaming Documents and Settings

Microsoft Office 2013 Professional

Included Applications:
• Microsoft Word
• Microsoft Excel
• Microsoft PowerPoint
• Microsoft OneNote
• Microsoft Outlook
• Microsoft Publisher
• Microsoft Access

Services Included with the Package:
• Saving Documents to the Cloud
• Roaming Documents and Settings

As we can see by the above we have all the familiar packages that we’re used to seeing with previous versions of Microsoft Office, there’s not too much change with the overall applications included within the targeted packages available. Each of the Office 2013 packages can be installed on a single machine and as usual that license lives and dies with that machine. So you’ll need a new license with a new machine.

Each version also comes with access to Microsoft’s Cloud – This means that your preferences and settings travel with you, when you log into a different machine and start to use Microsoft Office, you can login and all of your user settings, customisations and documents follow with you. This feature is a HUGE time saver as everything is the way you left it, used it, set it and want it. It also means that your documents go with you too, with the default save location in Office 2013 being on the Cloud, you can access your documents from any machine that you can use to access Microsoft’s SkyDrive. So no more carrying a USB stick around with your documents, keep them on the Cloud and access them anywhere.

So what’s this Office 365 you say?

Microsoft Office 365 is a Subscription based package which is giving users the power to do more, before we look at the key features and benefits of Microsoft Office 365, let’s look at the different packages available and what they include.

Microsoft Office 365 University (Only available to Students and Faculty Staff for non-commercial use)

Included Applications:
• Microsoft Word
• Microsoft Excel
• Microsoft PowerPoint
• Microsoft OneNote
• Microsoft Outlook
• Microsoft Publisher
• Microsoft Access

Services Included with the Package:
• Saving Documents to the Cloud
• Roaming Documents and Settings
• Version Upgrades
• Office on Demand
• Premium SkyDrive Access (+20GB)
• 60 Skype World minutes per month

Additional Benefits:
• Can be installed on up to 2 PC’s or Mac’s for one user
• Includes Mobile Device Usage
• Always up-to-date with version upgrades

Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium (non-commercial use)

Included Applications:
• Microsoft Word
• Microsoft Excel
• Microsoft PowerPoint
• Microsoft OneNote
• Microsoft Outlook
• Microsoft Publisher
• Microsoft Access

Services Included with the Package:
• Saving Documents to the Cloud
• Roaming Documents and Settings
• Version Upgrades
• Office on Demand
• Premium SkyDrive Access (+20GB)
• 60 Skype World minutes per month

Additional Benefits:
• Can be installed on up to 5 PC’s or Mac’s for the whole household
• Includes Mobile Device Usage
• Always up-to-date with version upgrades

Microsoft Office 365 Small Business Premium

Included Applications:
• Microsoft Word
• Microsoft Excel
• Microsoft PowerPoint
• Microsoft OneNote
• Microsoft Outlook
• Microsoft Publisher
• Microsoft Access
• Microsoft Lync
• Microsoft InfoPath

Services Included with the Package:
• Saving Documents to the Cloud
• Roaming Documents and Settings
• Version Upgrades
• Office on Demand
• Lync, SharePoint and Exchange Online access

Additional Benefits:
• Can be installed on up to 5 PC’s or Mac’s for one user
• Includes Mobile Device Usage
• Always up-to-date with version upgrades

As you can see we have a similar system with regards to the content of each package, however you’ll notice one difference, the Office 365 packages come with much much more with each package. The rolling subscription option does mean there is an annual charge but when you consider the cost of potentially licensing every machine and mobile device in your home or business, the savings and benefits are quite substantial.

Not only can it work out cheaper for users but also the addition of Microsoft Outlook to the Office 365 Home Premium package will be welcomed by all, as one of the most common enquiries we get is that of home users wanting access to Microsoft Outlook.
All of the different versions are available now and are listed on the CCL store. For more information with regards to these products please feel free to either check out the product specifications or speak to one of our sales advisors in-store today or on the phones by calling 01274 471201.

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