If you’re trying to decide which version of Microsoft’s newly released Office suites to invest in, perhaps we can help you navigate the benefits of each so you can make the best decision.
Microsoft Office 2013 is very similar to the traditional Office package users have come to know and love. It includes all the standard programs, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and SkyDrive. $139 gets you a perpetual license that allows you to install on a single PC.
Microsoft 365, like Office 2013, gets you all the standard programs mentioned above: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and SkyDrive, in addition to Publisher, Access and Outlook. The major difference is that a license costs $99/year and the suite can be installed on up to 5 PCs or Macs. If you are working remotely and find yourself face-to-screen with a computer that doesn’t have Office installed on it, you can access the applications through office.com.
So, the bottom line is that if you need Office products on more than one computer, or if you simply cannot live without Outlook or Publisher, Office 365 is most likely your best bet. If it’s for home use on one computer, Office 2013 might be a better deal.