Microsoft released Office 2013 on January 29th, 2013. It brings hundreds of new features, increased integration with cloud services, and options for subscription or stand-alone licensing.
The new applications include: Access 2013, Excel 2013, InfoPath 2013, OneNote 2013, Outlook 2013, PowerPoint 2013, Publisher 2013, Visio 2013 (not included with the Home & Student or Home & Business versions), Word 2013, and Lync 2013.
The new suites are Office Home & Student 2013, Office Home & Business 2013, Office Professional 2013, and Office Standard 2013 (only available through volume licensing).
- Office Home & Student 2013 is licensed for home use only and includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
- Office Home & Business 2013 adds Outlook to the package above.
- Office Professional 2013 adds Publisher and Access to the packages above.
The subscription options include Office 365 Home Premium, which is $99 per year and covers five Windows or Mac computers in your home. The Office 365 subscription includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. It also provides access to Microsoftâ€™s cloud services for collaboration and online storage called SkyDrive. A nice bonus feature of the subscription is version updates are included.
It is important to note that the Office for Mac version included with your Office 365 Home Premium subscription is Office 2011, but that may change with the release of a newer version of the Office for Mac suite. Microsoft has not announced any release date for the successor to Office 2011, but the Mac releases have typically been around one year after the Windows version is released.
For business users, you have the option of purchasing individual licenses for Office Home & Business 2013 or Office Professional 2013, purchasing volume licenses for Office Standard 2013 or Office Professional Plus 2013, or subscribing through Office 365.
Do you have questions about which version of Office 2013 is right for you or your organization? Contact Everon today!