What is MS Office 365 and why it is different?

Microsoft Office is probably the second most common term in the computer world after ‘Windows’. Microsoft Office started its journey on Windows platform in October 1990 as a bundle of three applications designed for Microsoft Windows 3.0. After that we used so many new versions of office like widely used MS Office 2003 and three years old but new MS Office 2010. MS Office 2013 is also on the market for a year now. But if you are aware of the name MS Office 365 then you must be quite puzzled by it. What is it actually? Is it the latest version of MS Office like Windows 8.1 is the latest version of Windows OS after Windows 8? Then why Microsoft named it Office 365 instead of MS Office 2013 SP1 or MS Office 2014? OK. I would like to remove all of your confusions in this post regarding MS Office 365.

What should i buy? Office 2013 or 365?
What is MS Office 365?
At first let me say that Office 2013 is the latest version of MS Office series. Office 365 is something new. Like Google Chrome OS it Office 365 is a subscription-based online office and software plus services suite. It offers access to various services and software built around the Microsoft Office platform. Its actually the successor to Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite. After a beta testing process which began in October 2010, Office 365 was officially launched on June 28, 2011. With the release of MS Office 2013, Office 365 expanded to include new plans aimed at different types of businesses, along with new plans aimed at general consumers wanting to use the Office desktop software on a subscription basis.

What are MS Office 365 Advantages?
Office 365 Home Premium provides all the programs in Microsoft Office Professional 2013, but has a few other advantages as well. First, you can use it on five separate devices, so you can register it on a desktop, a couple of laptops, a tablet and even a Mac (except for OneNote).

Second, it includes an extra 20GB of SkyDrive storage. Which you can use anyway you want later.

Third, if you are away from your PC, you can use Office on Demand, which "streams" the program online, without installing it. You can thus use your Office and your files on, for example, a cybercafé or library PC (though this doesn't work on Macs).
Fourth, all the Office files are automatically kept up to date, so you never have to buy another copy of Office.

Last but not the least Office 365 also includes 60 minutes of Skype calls each month to phones in more than 40 countries, as well as unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls. Why Skype? Because Microsoft now owns the company!

Wanna try Office 365 free of cost. Go to Microsoft official site and try Office 365 one month for free!

MS Office 365 Price
The catch is that Office 365 is a subscription service with an annual fee of $79.99 or $7.99 per month. If you want to use all the programs in Microsoft Office Professional 2013 and you have more than enough companion to try Office programs then it's definitely worth it. But if you only want to run a couple of programs on a single PC, then it's not such a good deal and surely avoidable. It’s the Home Premium deal of Office 365.

Is Office 365 worth buying
Office 365 Small Business Premium deal will cost you $149.99 a year. Again the offer is for 5 devices. Office 365 Small Business Premium has some important differences with Office 365 Home Premium, from both technological and licensing perspectives. It comes with the core Office applications—Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote—as well as Outlook, Access, Publisher, Lync, and InfoPath. It also includes Office on Demand, shared calendars and a 25 GB inbox in Exchange Online, 10 GB plus 500 MB per user in SharePoint Online, public-facing and intranet web site capabilities with custom domains, and perpetual upgrades for the life of the subscription.

To know all the other Office 365 deals for Enterprise and Institutions please check the official Microsoft website.

MS Office 365 Compatibility
Office 365 works with Windows 7, Windows 8, and Mac OS X 10.6 or later, but not with Windows XP or Vista, which are on death row. It is compatible with Internet Explorer 9 and 10, and uses DirectX 10 for fast graphics.

As it turns out, Office 365 has a number of benefits. Some are natural consequences of the software as a service business model, while others are artificial – meaning Microsoft is throwing you a rope. Fall or Tall! For you kind information MS Office 2013 costs $110, $280 and $500 for Home & Student, Home & business and Professional respectively. And all the prices are effective for one device only for lifetime as we used to have.

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