The latest version of Microsoft office comes with lots of additional components, including the desktop applications that everyone’s familiar with – Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The suite offers multiple choices to the user in the form of Home & Student, Home & Business, and Professional editions, with each of these carrying a specific selection of programs. The Home and Business version, for example, gives you Microsoft Outlook, but not Microsoft Access or Publisher.
Still considered as a standalone, Office 2013 is more connected to the cloud than previous versions. The save location for the documents online is the user’s SkyDrive account, which they will have to sign in to. There is probably a Microsoft tech support number you can call about this.
Switching to Office 2013
For business users, upgrading to Office 2013 is a lot like doing one of the past updates, where the organization buys the licenses and goes forward with an upgrade plan for the computer users in the organization.
If this is for personal or small business use, the program can be bought entirely so that there are no subscription fees to be paid later. The installation would be either from a disk, or from a downloaded file. For reduced upgrade pricing you would have to be an existing user of Office 2013, and there would need to be a special offering.
The Office 365 option
This is the online version of the Office apps, with a subscription service that brings provisions for online storage, sharing, and syncing, using the cloud services offered by Microsoft. There are different editions of Office 365 available, such as home, business, government, and education packs.
The one thing about Office 365 that makes it confusing is the fact that it does not need you to be online all the time. That’s despite this being cloud based, as in the apps and the data are all stored on Microsoft’s, or other, servers. The programs are all installed form online, but they work the same as your normal Office suite programs – right off the desktop and with similar support for app use. The connectivity bit is only needed to access what files you are keeping online.
Getting Office 365 is not something that require having an existing subscription of Office, and that works the other way as well. Btu with the latter it is a one-time license fee and then no subscription fees after. You can call the official Microsoft tech support number for more details.