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Comparing Microsoft Office 2013, Microsoft Office 365 and Office Web Apps

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November 20, 2012

Comparing Microsoft Office 2013, Microsoft Office 365 and Office Web Apps

By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich, TMCnet Contributing Writer

When it comes to technology, consumers are bombarded with choices from what kind of phone to buy to what television to purchase for the family room. With the recently launched Microsoft (News - Alert) Office 365, the new Microsoft Office 2013 and Office Web Apps, consumers are faced with yet another complex choice. Luckily for you, here's a rundown of the differences between the three.

Microsoft Office 2013 is the software update to Office 2010 featuring the core programs Office 2010 users know and love--Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote-- in addition to numerous other programs, as well as touch-friendly controls, improved graphics and SkyDrive integration, which enables cloud service for the storage of documents. Users will now be able to work on a document on one device and finish it on another one.

Whereas Microsoft Office 2013 must be installed onto a desktop or laptop, Microsoft Office 365 is the online subscription service to the software. Microsoft Office 365 is available from almost any device and features Publisher and Access, in addition to the four core programs and provides 20GB of extra SkyDrive storage.

You may be wondering what the difference is besides extra programs and storage capability? Another key difference between Microsoft Office 2013 and Microsoft Office 365 is the price and maximum number of computers allowed to run the software. A single PC version of Office 2013 is $119.99 and a household version for up to three PCs is $149.99. Additionally, consumers who purchased Office 2010 after Oct. 19 or plan to purchase it before April 30 of next year, are eligible for a free upgrade to Office 2013.

If you want to run Office 2013 on more than three devices, a better option may be to pay an annual fee of $99.99. The license for Office 365 is good for a maximum of five computers, either PCs or Macs. Besides, if you also want access to Publisher and Access, it may be a better deal this way since the Office 2013 version consisting of Publisher and Access is $399.99.

While Microsoft 365 is the online subscription version of Office, Office Web Apps are the free web-based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Users can work with documents directly from the website where it is stored.

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Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli

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