A Closer Look at Microsoft 365

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Microsoft office has been a staple in creating documents for as long as I can remember. I used it all through out school, for every school paper, and continue to use it as I write up this very blog. Every few years Microsoft would release an update with new features and my old version would become less cool and outdated. I always dreaded the thought of buying a new computer and having to reinstall and re-purchase the software.

Microsoft 365 was created to solve these frustrations. Between the perks, savings, and features available it might make sense to for you to consider switching up your options. Lets take a closer look. You can make the decision for yourself.

What is it: Microsoft 365

Microsoft Office 365 is a subscription based software service that works in the cloud. It allows you to access and edit your Word, Excel, and Powerpoint documents from virtually anywhere. It’s convenient on any device. We live in a multi-device world where it is expected to be productive on multiple PC’s, tablets, and smart phones. With every one Microsoft Office 365 subscription, you can connect up to five devices. Pick up right where you left off. For example, you can start your presentation at work and you can finish it in the comfort of your home without the hassle of saving to a zip drive and reloading when you get home.

What else?

New releases are readily available for download. Along with security updates, bug features, new features, and new versions. While this might seem overwhelming to some people, for tech-lovers it is nice knowing you are constantly working on the most recent version.

What’s the catch?

Instead of paying a flat-fee, you pay a yearly subscription fee. When looking at the two side by side, it is clear that Microsoft is favoring 365, and loading it up with features.

Heres the break down:

Microsoft Office 2013
If you only need the core applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote) you can get Office 2013 Home & Student for $140. If you need Outlook, you get Office 2013 Home & Business for $220. Add Access and Publisher and your looking at $400. These fees only apply to one license for one computer.

Microsoft Office 365
You have two versions to choose from.
Office 365 Home Premium for $100 per year
Office 365 Small Business Premium for $150 per year.

Both versions come with the full Office 2013 Pro software for your PC, and you can connect your subscription for up to five devices. As an added bonus, Microsoft has thrown in an additional 20GB of SkyDrive storage and 60 minutes per month of international Skype calls

Decision:
How much are you willing to pay for convenience? If you have multiple devices, it’s worth considering. Contact a specialist at Kincaid Network Solutions to see if the great program is right for your business.

Dan is the Chief Information Technology Architect at Kincaid Network Solutions. Connect with him on .

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