Office 365 vs. Office 2013: Should you rent or own?
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|Wed, 01-30-2013 - 9:51pm|
For the first time Microsoft is tempting Office users to rent, not own, software that for decades they've bought as a standalone program.
Originally designed for businesses, Office 365 allows you to always have the latest version of Office for a yearly subscription fee of $100. You can still buy a boxed version of Office 2013 at your local computer shop with prices starting at $140 for Office 2013 Home and Student. But Microsoft is pushing the $100 per year option for Office 365.
With Office 365 Home and Business you get access to most apps from the Office suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, and Publisher. Office 2013 Home and Student, by comparison offers you just Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote for $140. To get the boxed version of Outlook 2013 you need to fork over another $80 for Office 2013 Home and Business.
What version of Office do you have now? Would you pay $100 to rent the latest version?