Microsoft has launched new versions of Office for Windows in the form of Office 2013 and Office 365 so here's what you need to know. Updated on 29/01/13.
Microsoft Office now comes in a number of shapes and forms so it can be a confusing process figuring out which package is the right one for you. We've put together this guide to answer the key questions you might have about the new Office.
What versions of Office are there?
What's new in Office 2013?
New features of Office 2013 include a cleaner user interface, support for smartphones and tablets, installation with a Microsoft account and cloud support including streaming Office to another computer, saving files to SkyDrive and storing personal setting online.
How much does Office 2013 cost?
There are three Office 2013 packages available as follows:
Office Home and Student - £109.99
Office Home and Business - £219.99
Office Professional - £389.99
Individual applications are priced as follows:
Microsoft Word 2013 – £109.99
Microsoft Excel 2013 – £109.99
Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 – £109.99
Microsoft OneNote 2013 – £59.99
Microsoft Outlook 2013 – £109.99
Microsoft Publisher 2013 – £109.99
Microsoft Access 2013 – £109.99
What does Office 2013 include?
Office Home and Student – this package comes with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote for use on one PC. Microsoft says it's "Best for families who want Office on one Windows PC."
Office Home and Business – this package comes with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook for use on one PC. Microsoft says it's "Best for those who want the core Office programs plus Outlook, on one Windows PC."
Office Professional – this comes with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access for use on one PC. Microsoft says it's "Best for those who want the full suite of Office programs on one Windows PC."
How is Office 2013 delivered?
When you've selected which version of Office 2013 you want you can select whether you prefer to download it or have it delivered to you in physical form.
See also: Microsoft Word 2013 review.
What is Office 365?
Office 365 is a subscription-based version of Microsoft Office which can be used on multiple devices including Macs and smartphones running Windows Phone 7.5 and later. It also includes free software updates.
How much does Office 365 cost?
Office 365 Home Premium - £79.99 per year or £7.99 per month.
Office 365 University - £59.99 for a four year subscription.
Office 365 Small Business – From £2.60 per user/per month to £15 per user/per month.
What does Office 365 include?
Office 365 Home Premium – this subscription includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access for use on up to five PCs or Macs plus selected device. It also comes with 20GB of SkyDrive storage and 60 minutes of Skype calls per month.
Office 365 University - this subscription includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access for use on up to two PCs or Macs and selected devices.
What are the system requirements for Office 2013 and Office 365?
The easiest way to check the system requirements for your chosen Office bundle is to head here: http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/products/office-system-requirements-FX102921529.aspx
Are there new Office 2013 applications for Windows 8?
Yes, OneNote (planning and note taking) and Lync (messaging and video) are the first Office applications made for Windows 8 and tailored for touch input.
See also: Office 2013 on tablet review.
Does Office 2013 and 365 have cloud support?
Yes, the new Office has a large focus on the cloud. This includes automatically saving documents to SkyDrive and storing your personalised settings such as templates and files, all of which roam with you across devices.
If you opt for a subscription version then Office on Demand allows you to access Office from any internet connected Windows machine.
What input does Office 2013 support?
Microsoft has said the software is suited to touch, stylus, mouse and keyboard input.