Outlook Search through Windows Shell  Features removed from Microsoft PowerPoint Support for Visio Drawing Distribution changes[ edit ] Unlike past versions of Office, retail copies of Office on DVD are only offered in select regions, such as those Microsoft classifies as emerging markets , as well as Australia , at the discretion of retailers. In all other regions, retail copies of Office and Office subscriptions only contain a product key , and direct users to the Office website to redeem their license and download the software. In previous versions of Office, this restriction applied only to OEM editions; retail Office license agreements allowed uninstalling from one computer to install on another computer. Should the buyer have wished to use Office on a different computer, or if they later became unable to use the computing device that the original license was downloaded to e. Transfer of license from one computer to another owned by the same user is now allowed every 90 days, except in the case of hardware failure, in which the license may be moved sooner. The first user of the product is now also allowed to transfer it to another user. In previous versions of Office, this restriction also applied only to OEM editions; retail Office license agreements allowed installing the product on two or three computers, depending on the edition. Five traditional editions of Office were released: This suite, only available through volume licensing channels, includes the core applications Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote plus Outlook and Publisher.
As with the previous versions, you can get Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more as a locally installed suite of applications or as Office , a cloud-based subscription. However, choosing between Office desktop software and the new Office is a dramatically different decision than in the past.
This time, there is virtually no decision to make. Comparing Office to Office is an exercise in semantics; Microsoft has significantly stacked the deck to favor one over the other. Microsoft has given Office a clear advantage over Office There is a clear distinction between the two options. Office describes only the desktop applications. By contrast, Office is a Web-based platform that pairs the Office applications with cloud storage.
With the new versions of the productivity suite , though, Office vs. Office is a smoke-and-mirrors debate. Office is more expensive than Office , and the license is only good for one machine. Office comes in two flavors: Both come with the full Office Pro software for your PC, but there are key differences. Up to five people can use Office Home Premium on up to five devices, with each user getting an Office experience customized to their own Microsoft ID.
Office Small Business Premium also comes with five licenses, but billed per user per year. Office includes five licenses for Office Pro. Once you throw in a second PC, though, or if you need the additional tools like Outlook, Access, or Publisher, the math is heavily skewed in favor of the Office subscription.
The beauty of Office is that you get more than just Office for your money—it also comes with benefits that Office lacks. It comes with an additional 20GB of SkyDrive storage and 60 minutes per month of international Skype calls. Office also has a new feature called Office On Demand that enables you to stream virtualized versions of the full desktop software to any Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC. But, even for other platforms or mobile devices there are Web-based versions of the Office applications, and as long as you store your files in SkyDrive you can access them seamlessly from virtually any Web-connected device.
By that time, there will be a new version of Office or two, maybe three. But, if you subscribe to Office you will always have the most current version of Office available. Microsoft has set things up so that the decision is already made. You are free to purchase Office , but Office has very clear advantages, and it makes more sense financially in almost every scenario.
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