Information about Office 365

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DEFINITION OF OFFICE 365:

Microsoft Office 365 is a Web-based version of Microsoft’s Office suite of enterprise-grade productivity applications. Office 365 is delivered to users through the cloud and includes Exchange Online for email, SharePoint Online for collaboration, Lync Online for unified communications, and a suite of Office Web Apps, Web-based versions of the traditional Microsoft Office suite of applications.

HISTORY OF OFFICE 365:

Office 365 was announced in October, 2010 but the product was not made widely available until June, 2011. This product was designed to replace the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite for corporate users, however the Office 365 release offered numerous plans to suit the needs of home and business users. Office 365 users have the option of accessing the applications in Microsoft Office 2010 Professional via a monthly subscription.

OFFICE 365 SUbSCRIPTION PLANS:

Office 365 is available in several plans to suit your business needs, ranging from $5.10 user/month (Business Essentials) up to $23.20 user/month (Enterprise E3). Pricing is based on an annual commitment. Standard Office subscriptions are also available for home, student, government and nonprofit users.Accounts may include features such as full installed versions of the software, Web apps, online meetings, online storage, Office for tablets and phones, file sharing, email and more. Functionality of Microsoft Office 365 may be extended by purchasing apps from the Office store.

MICROSOFT SOFTWARE PLUS SERVICE:

Microsoft 365 is part of Microsoft’s Software Plus Services strategy, combining the advantages of cloud-based remote computing software options with the company‚Äôs traditional base of on-premises software offerings. One advantage of Office 365 is that it is regularly updated approximately every 90 days and users are not required to pay upgrade fees.

IMPORTANT FACTS IN OFFICE 365:

The good news is most of the changes are extremely positive, a large reason Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium edition remains an Editors’ Choice here at PCMag. Even though change is good in this case, there’s still a lot you need to know before deciding to buy or install the suite. Here are ten of the most important facts about the new Microsoft Office 365.

1. IN THE CLOUD:

Microsoft Office 365 is “in the cloud” from two perspectives. First, buying the suite necessarily requires downloading it, which is to say, you can’t buy it on a disc (the exception being in developing countries, where Microsoft will continue to sell discs). Second, the office suite itself is set up to save your documents to the cloud, SkyDrive in this case, if you so choose. You do still have the option to save files locally, but the apps integrate tightly with SkyDrive.

2. PRICE & SUBSCRIPTION MODEL :

Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium is now being sold in the subscription model, and it costs $99 per year for an entire household to install . Some of the other versions of the suite are sold as a “perpetual” license, meaning one copy of the software is licensed to only one machine, but that license is good for life.

3. LICENSE GOOD FOR FIVE DEVICES:

Paying a subscription fee for Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium does have one huge advantage: You can install Office on up to five devices, and these can include both Windows machines and Macs. Microsoft says you’ll be able to install the suite on additional, select mobile devices “when available,” which is a cryptic way of not promising apps for the big two mobile OSes, while still dangling the carrot.

4. OPERATING SYSTEMS:

You can install Microsoft Office 365 on machines running Windows 7 or 8 (but not Vista or XP). When you install the software on a Mac running OS X (10.5.8 and higher), you’ll actually get Office 2011 (full version), rather than Office 365.

5. APPS INCLUDED:

The Home Premium version of Office includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, OneNote, and Access. OneNote is not included in the Mac version, however.

6.MUST INSTALL ALL APPS:

You cannot customize your installation of Office 365 Home Premium by choosing not to install some of the apps. The whole suite gets installed despite whether you plan to use, say, Microsoft Access or Publisher.

7. WORKS ON TOUCH-SCREEN DEVICES:

The new Office is designed to work on touch-screen devices, like tablets and touch-screen laptops running Windows 8. (See my early hands-on first impressions of the suite on the touch-screen device.)

8. INCLUDED 27GB CLOUD STORAGE:

Office 365 was designed to integrate tightly with SkyDrive, Microsoft’s answer to Google Drive. Every SkyDrive user gets 7GB space free to start, and Home Premium subscribers of Microsoft Office 365 get an additional 20GB of space, giving them a total of 27GB.

9. FREE SKYPE MIUNTES:

One neat perk that’s easy to overlook is that Home Premium subscribers get 60 free Skype minutes per month to call landlines in supported countries. Skype-to-Skype calls are always free, but for times when you need to dial an international landline number, you can use your free Office minutes.

10. ADDITIONAL VERSIONS & DISCOUNTS:

Home Premium is just one of several slices of Microsoft Office that’s available. The Office 365 business editions are due to be released on February 27. University students and faculty can also get a big discount for an Office package that’s a little pared down, but much less expensive at only $79 for four years, usable on two devices.

EDITIONS OF OFFICE 365:

* Office 365 Home
* Office 365 Personal
* Office 365 University

1.OFFICE 365 HOME:

> 1-year subscription
> For 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets including iPad, Android, or Windows, plus 5 phones
> Fully installed versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and more
> 1TB cloud storage per user for up to 5 users
> Ongoing access to updates

2.OFFICE 365 PERSONAL:

> 1-year subscription
> For 1 PC or Mac, 1 tablet including iPad, Android, or Windows, plus 1 phone
> Fully installed versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and more
> 1TB cloud storage
> Ongoing access to updates

3.OFFICE 365 UNIVERSITY:

> 4-year subscription
> For 2 PCs, Macs, or tablets including iPad, Android, or Windows, plus 2 phones
> Fully installed versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and more
> 1TB cloud storage
> Ongoing access to updates

WHAT IS THE DIFFRENCE BETWEEN OFFICE365 & OFFICE2016

Office 365 plans include the complete suite of Office applications, plus other services that are enabled over the Internet, including extra cloud storage with OneDrive and Skype minutes for home use. With Office 365 you get the full, installed Office experience on PCs, Macs, tablets (including Windows, iPad, and Android) and smartphones. Office 365 plans are available as a monthly or annual subscription. With Office 365, upgrades are always included with your subscription.

Office 2016 suites, including Office Home & Student and Home & Business, include applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote; they are available as a one-time purchase for use on a single PC or Mac. The applications are not automatically updated; to get the latest version, you must purchase Office again when the new version becomes available.

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