Microsoft has officially launched it’s latest version of Office 2013, bringing along a new yearly subscription-based model.
Along with Office 2013 comes a new way to experience and pay for the popular suite: a new subscription version called Office 365. Though Microsoft Office 365 has been in public beta for over a year, this release marks the rental suite’s formal debut. For around R700.00 a year, users can access Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, and Publisher on up to five different devices – including tablets and Macs – at the same time. Microsoft sweetens the deal even further by offering 20GB of SkyDrive online storage and 60 minutes of international calls for Skype users.
There are three main options for Microsoft Office 365, dependent on your organisations size and requirements: Office 365 Home Premium, Office 365 University and Office 365 Small Business Premium. Office 365 is a lot like Google Drive, which saves all of your work in the cloud and gives you access to all of your work no matter where you are. In other words, you’ll never have to worry about leaving that important file on your home computer again.
For users who hate the idea of a subscription model for software, Office 2013 is also available in the traditional pay-once-and-install format. Office Home & Student 2013 is available for R934.34, Office Home & Business 2013 for R2148.85 and Office Professional 2013 for R3789.63. The least expensive version, Home & Student, does not include Outlook, which may entice email fanatics to upgrade to Home & Business or take a second look at Office 365 Home Premium, which includes access to the email.
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