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SoftwareMedia Blog | April 29, 2016

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Microsoft Office 2013 Suites Comparison

The new Office 2013 is out and you may be wondering which suite to buy. We’ve put together a handy little chart to help you decide, and with this edition it’s not as simple as choosing what you’re going to be using it for and aligning it the best fitting suite. With the introduction of Office 365 Microsoft is changing the game. For just $100/year (cheaper if you buy from us, of course) you can now get every office product plus some extra goodies like 60 Skype minutes per month and 20 GB of cloud storage. Additionally, they will update the software for you so you don’t have to do it yourself periodically. Since Microsoft releases a new version of Office about every 3 years$100/month means you’re still paying less than if you buy Professional right now.

We understand the appeal of owning the physical product outright but it will be increasingly hard to deny the added benefits of using cloud based software. We heartily recommend Office 365 Home Premium, but please take a look at the chart yourself.


Microsoft Office 2013

Office 365 Home Premium

Office Home and Student 2013

Office Home and Business

Office Professional
Number of installations
5 PCs or Macs plus select mobile devices
1 PC
1 PC
1 PC
Easy Annual Subscription
Includes ongoing access to version upgrades, multiple device installs, and Office on Demand services
Licensed for:
Home use
Home use
Home or business use
Home or business use
Core Office Applications
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote
Email, Calendars, and Tasks
Publishing & Databases
Publisher, Access
SkyDrive + 20GB storage:
Save documents online to your SkyDrive for easy access and sharing virtually anywhere
Personalized Experience
Always have your applications, settings and documents accessible when you need them
Office on Demand:
Stream full-featured Office applications to any Internet-connected Windows PC


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