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Microsoft Office 365 and Office 2013 – Intro to Office


Over the next few 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.


Since Windows 95, Office has been the standard application suite for many businesses, and has increased in size and popularity over the years. Back in the era of Windows 95, it had competition in the forms of suites like Lotus SmartSuite and individual apps like Corel WordPerfect. While many of its original competitors still exist now, they have declined very much in popularity.

Office’s main competition now comes from freeware, open-source suites like Apache OpenOffice and Libre Office, Polaris Office for mobile platforms, and iWork for the Mac.

Since many people have been tempted away from purchasing the Office suite by open-source freeware apps likes Apache OpenOffice, Microsoft have spent a lot of time improving and streamlining their Office suite to make sure it provides and experience that’s unequalled by any free software package. Outlook remains one of the most popular mail clients available for business because of its features. Word, Excel and PowerPoint have been given more options, better presentation and more streamlined features.

Despite the competition and its cost, Office is still the choice we see most businesses making. We’re in agreement here, for development, stability and features, Microsoft Office is still the best office productivity suite with the most to offer for businesses.

This time around, Microsoft have not just gone for a standard release of their Office suite, but have included the option to purchase a rolling subscription service instead of the actual office suite itself. This means that subscribers are no longer paying a large sum upfront for one single version of office, but are paying for a subscription to an online service which enables them to store their documents securely online, and ensure they always have access to the latest version of office available. This means that, should Microsoft release a new version of office for download and purchase, such as in 2014 or 2015, subscribers will automatically be entitled to download and use the latest version.

In our next post, we’ll be discussing the types of Office 2013 and Office 365 packages available and what they all have to offer individuals and businesses alike.


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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