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Microsoft Office 365 and Office 2013 – Office 365 Plans


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.


Subscription based models for digital services, especially access to applications, are becoming more and more popular as high speed broadband internet becomes more prevalent; streaming services and cloud computing becomes more viable. Microsoft’s offering of the Office 365 service means that two of the most popular suites used in business are available on subscription plans instead of outright purchase – the other being Adobe’s Creative Suite.

Here’s a little more information on some of the packages available from Microsoft’s Office 365 subscription scheme. All Office 365 packages mentioned here include the full suite of apps – Word, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher and Access.

  • Office 365 Home Premium – While most of the Office 365 service was initially directed towards businesses, there was also demand from individuals for a consumer focused package, so Microsoft responded by introducing Office 365 Home Premium. It offers simultaneous installations on up to 5 PCs or Macs, and 5 mobile devices, integration with SkyDrive and an additional 20GB of storage space and 60 Skype World minutes per month, and is for home use only.
  • Office 365 Small Business Premium – This is the package designed, as the name would suggest, for small businesses. The full suite of apps is included, along with Lync, which is a communication app. It also includes a multitude of online services such as hosted Exchange servers – meaning your business’ email server is hosted by Microsoft with 25GB storage space per user, and hosted SharePoint, which you can use to share files with your colleagues. Up to 25 users.
  • Office 365 Midsize Business – Microsoft’s offering for medium sized businesses, includes all of the Small Business Premium features, with the addition of Active Directory integration, which allows single sign-on and Active Directory synchronization. Up to 300 users.
  • Office 365 Enterprise E3 – The main, full featured enterprise-level package. Comprises all the features offered by Office 365 Midsize Business, plus additional data management, storage and security capabilities required by larger organisations. Unlimited users.
  • Office 365 ProPlus – The subscription-based equivalent of Office Professional Plus 2013, this is simply the full suite of applications made available to download on any PC, with up to 5 installs per user on their devices. Unlike Office Professional Plus 2013, there is an online interface that allows you to deactivate copies of office for certain users, for example if they no longer work for the company or the device is lost, stolen or broken. There are no online services such as hosted Exchange or SharePoint with this package, it is software only.

As you can see, there are many options to choose from, there’s bound to be one that is designed for your business size and requirements!

Next, we’ll be taking a look at some of the features, benefits and drawbacks of each type of Office – Office 2013 per-PC licensing versus Office 365 subscription model.


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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