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Microsoft Office 365 and Office 2013 – Office 2013 Packages


In this series of posts, we’re providing some insight into the most recent Office suites from Microsoft, Office 2013 and Office 365, their pricing structures, similarities, differences, content and what various parts of each package could do for your business.


Office is now available in two different ways, one-off purchase and also a new subscription based model.

If you’d rather purchase Office with a one-off payment up front for permanent access to the software, you’re in luck. Microsoft are offering a variety of packages for a straightforward purchase of Office 2013.

While the purchase of these packages is available in stores or online, what you are given for your purchase is simply a product activation code inside a case – there are no DVDs or CDs of Office 2013 available. This means if the machine you want to install it on isn’t connected to the internet, you’ll need to download the installer software beforehand onto another machine, and use removable media such as a USB flash drive or a writable DVD to save the installer file onto, in order to install Office 2013 on the destination computer.

All Office 2013 software will only run on Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 for example). You cannot install the Office 2013 applications on Vista or XP, trying to do so will give an error message.

  • Office Home & Student 2013 – The most basic package, for home use only. This includes the core apps – Word, PowerPoint, OneNote and Excel – and is suitable for anyone who only needs Office for its basic functions, for personal use. For use on one PC only.
  • Office Home & Business 2013 – A similar package, except it’s for both home and business use. It’s for those who only really need to use the core functions of Office, and contains the same apps as the Home and Student edition, but it also includes Outlook, which can be an invaluable business tool for organising calendars and mail. This version is largely designed to be a robust, cost effective solution for sole traders or small businesses who don’t need the advanced features and functionality of the Professional edition. For use on one PC only.
  • Office Professional 2013 – The full Office suite, which includes the core apps, plus Outlook, Publisher and Access. Designed for sole traders and small businesses or professional users. For use on one PC only.
  • Office Standard 2013 – The basic volume licensing edition for any size of business. It includes the core apps, plus Outlook, Publisher and access to the Office Web Apps. It provides access to several enterprise features such as group policy, terminal services and volume activation. Other enterprise features are available in limited capacity. Available for volume licensing, 5 PCs or more.
  • Office Professional Plus 2013 – The full professional Office suite for this release. It is really the “Ultimate” edition for all business sizes, and includes all the core apps, Outlook, Publisher, Access, Lync and InfoPath. It also includes unlimited access to all of the enterprise features of Office, including enhanced security and data management. Available for volume licensing, 5 PCs or more.

Each package is priced individually, and prices can vary depending on vendor. The important thing to note here is that, unlike the subscription packages, once you purchase the software, you own it permanently.

Next post, we’ll be looking in greater detail at the subscription-based packages on offer from Microsoft for Office 365.

If you need any further advice or information on choosing an Office 2013 or Office 365 package that’s right for you, of if you need advice or a chat about anything IT-related, feel free to get in contact with us and we’ll do everything we can to help!

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