Which Microsoft Office 365 is Right For You?

Microsoft is offering locally installed and cloud based versions of the new Office 365 offering virtually anywhere access to all your usual Office tools, email, conferencing etc.

That’s all well and good, but with 5 different versions available, how can you be sure you get the right one for you?

Well, that’s where we come in.

Office 365 Home Premium

This version gives you the ability to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher and Access in the form on ‘Office on Demand’, an online only accessible service that has a annual license (subscription charge).

With it you’ll get 20GB of online storage and 60 minutes of Skype calls a month. Your license allows you to use the packages on up to 5 PCs, Macs and certain mobile devices for 5 users, but only whilst connected to the internet.

Office 365 Small Business & Small Business Premium

These are pretty much the same as the Home Premium edition in the form of ‘Office on Demand’, but the Premium version also gives you the extra bonus of being able to install local versions of the same applications and 25GB of online storage.

The license for both of these is only for 1 user though on up to 5 devices.

Office Home & Student 2013

This one gives you access to a locally installed version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, which you can use both online and offline, but only on 1 PC.

Office Home & Business 2013

This is basically the same as the previous version except you also get Outlook installed locally on your PC.

Office Professional 2013

This is the flagship version of Office and gives you everything from the previous version, plus Publisher and Access.

Hopefully that will help you decide which is best for you. One things that’s also worth noting is that Office Outlook 2013 isn’t compatible with Exchange 2003 servers, so you’ll either have to upgrade your server or buy a minimum of 5 Microsoft Volume Licenses (1 must be Office Professional 2013), which have downgrade rights to let you install a previous version of Outlook to suit your needs.

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