Professionals around the world rely on Office programs like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for productivity. After a long wait, the first version of Microsoft Office for Windows 8 is here. Office 365, or Office 2013, is now available for download.
Microsoft has tried to adapt to how we work now — we’re much more mobile and accepting of cloud-based softwares and technologies. For that reason, the company is changing how it delivers the new Office software.
Although boxed copies of Office 2013 and Office 365 subscriptions will be available in retail stores, the majority of users will be downloading it. Microsoft has done away with the DVD in favor of boxing up product codes, allowing you to go online and download the software.
The $99.99 per year subscription of Office 365 lets you install Office 2013 on up to five devices (Mac or PCs) and comes with 60 Skype minutes per month and 20GB of SkyDrive storage. You’ll also be entitled to continual updates for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access for as long as you subscribe.
If you’re not completely sold on the cloud, smaller businesses might prefer a standalone bundle. Office 2013 Home & Business, available for $220, offers a more traditional experience of buying a license or two for those who need a new copy. It comes with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook.
Larger companies might be more interested in Office Professional, which costs $399.99 and includes access to all of the software provided in Office 365. However, we should note that standalone versions can only be installed on one device and don’t come with the extra Skype or SkyDrive perks.
We recommend browsing through all of the options before making a decision, but it looks like a subscription to Office 365 might be the best way to go — depending on the size and demands of your business.
Jennifer Beese: Jennifer Beese has worked as a community manager and social media strategist. When she’s not writing, you can find her studying anatomy and physiology—she literally has a skeleton in her closet—or under the stars with her telescope.