Office 365 is a cloud-based subscription offered from Microsoft. This is nothing new as Adobe has been offering Adobe Creative Cloud for a couple of years giving access to many software applications such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Acrobat, Flash and many other applications in their portfolio. Users have also been using this subscription model in better known services like your anti-virus software.
Office 365 still includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more as a locally installed Office 2013 suite. Choosing Office 2013 desktop software and the new Office 365 is a dramatically different services models. Comparing Office 2013 to Office 365 is simple as Microsoft has given Office 365 a clear advantage over Office 2013.
Some key points on Office 2013 and Office 365:
- Office 2013 describes only the desktop applications.
- Office 365 is a Web-based platform that pairs the Office applications with cloud storage.
- Office 2013 is more expensive than Office 365, and the license is only good for one machine.
- Office 365 comes in multiple options to cover home users to multiple different company sizes.
- Office 365 Small Business Premium also comes with five licenses, but billed per user per year. Each user can install and use Office on up to five PCs, but the licenses can’t be shared with other users. Office 365 Small Business Premium also includes a managed Microsoft Back Office environment including Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync.