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Microsoft Office 365 and Office 2013 – 365 vs 2013


In the last of our posts discussing Office 2013 and Office 365, we continue to take a look at more of the features, benefits and drawbacks of each of the schemes.


Web apps are a great addition to the line up from Microsoft. An active Office 365 subscription allows the use of the web app versions of Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint, meaning you can open and work on some of your documents without installing any software on the machine you are using, if it is necessary. Useful for those with other devices that are not compatible with Office 365 installations, such as machines running on Vista or XP, older versions of Mac OS, or even Linux. Along with SkyDrive, they also allow you to collaborate with many people on the same document, in real time. Real time collaboration on any device could turn out to be a very important aspect of the 365 service for many businesses, particularly those who do team-based project work. Through the use of SharePoint Online it can also reduce the need for sending files to colleagues via email – all you need to do is send a link to the other person and they can view, edit and save the file as permissions allow.

Hosted Exchange servers as part of some Office 365 packages are another key feature – you no longer need to buy or rent a business mail server. The fact is that for a lot of small or medium businesses, this is going to be a nice money-saving feature.

The offering of a hosted website is another feature, and although the tools provided offer little in the way of professional design options, their do-it-yourself WYSIWYG web design toolkit will suffice until your business has the money to pay for a professional design and hosting. Unfortunately it’s not possible at the moment to simply “move” a current website to the provided hosting space, you must use their basic site designer to create one.

The advanced tools available with some of the packages, like Active Directory integration and extra security and data management options make for a very attractive package for 365 all in all.

For some, owning and managing their own servers is a must, and that’s a decision that can be made on a business to business basis. Some organisations prefer the flexibility that comes with owning or renting and maintaining their own SharePoint or Exchange servers; for these we’d recommend a package like Office 365 ProPlus, which provides the software on a subscription basis without any of the added IT services at a reduced cost.

A lot of businesses will, however, get a lot of value for money from the added services such as the Hosted Exchange and adjustable licenses that Office 365 offers.

After trying the Office 365 service at Geek Guru HQ for a while, it seems to offer good value for money for the features provided. Our opinion is that this is a nice step towards moving some systems into the cloud.


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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