Recently Microsoft has announced the Microsoft Office 2013 and the Microsoft Office 365. So what exactly is the difference between the Office 2013 and the Office 365? So which one of these two would be better for you and which one should you go for?

Well first of all, the difference is that the Microsoft Office 2013 is a desktop software whereas the Microsoft Office 365 is a subscription based software that can be used remotely. But to be honest, it seems that Microsoft has given Office 365 a clear advantage over Office 2013.

MS Office

So as mentioned before, Office 2013 consists only of the desktop applications. The Office 365 on the other hand is a web based software that works along with cloud storage and cloud technology to give you a totally different experience.

Previously the tables were the other way round, Microsoft Office 365 was the weaker between the two, so the desktop version of Microsoft Office had an upper hand. But with the advances in cloud storage and cloud technology, things are different now.

Office 2013 is much more expensive as compared to the Office 365. And on to of that, Office 2013 can be used only on one single machine. Here is a list of the different versions of Office 2013 for a clear understanding:

1. Office 2013 Student Edition

CONTAINS – Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote

COSTS – $140

2. Office 2013 Business Edition

CONTAINS – Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote and Outlook

COSTS – $220

3. Office 2013 Pro Edition

CONTAINS – Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Access and Publisher

COSTS – $400

The Office 365 on the other hand can be used on five different machines. The billing is also done on per user per year basis. Office 365 comes in two editions. The Office 365 Home Premium which costs $100 per year and the Office 365 Business Premium which costs $150 per year.

But do not forget that this is the yearly fee you have to pay, whereas the Office 2013 will be a one time purchase. So you should choose between the two depending upon what suits you best.

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  • Paleo Pterix

    Micro$oft can stick their ribbon interface in their a..s. 140$ for some crappy software, that’s worse than office 2004 from many points of view. No bugs repaired, no useful things added, just a messed up interface. No, thanks!

    • Alex S

      firstly, there never was an office from 2004 – and secondly if you are comparing a 2013 version to something from at least a decade ago, and can’t seem to understand any of the literally hundreds of new features since then, then you are probably not using office correctly – or would be better served by something else anyway.

      • He probably means the Mac version of Office; they usually come out a year later.

  • Rex

    Alex Bezeau is totally wrong. Do some better research on the products. Office 365 Home Premium is $99 a year. Gives you 5 licenses to install on any of your PC’s. They are not CLOUD versions. You can install the actual product on your computer.

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  • I go for LibreOffice. Free and a much better product.

    • MicroNix

      I’m not sure I’d label it “much better” but for free its very nice.

  • Joseph Fischer

    Note that even the Student Edition of Office 2013 is now restricted to one PC. The Home and Student Edition of Office 2010 allowed you to install it on three PCs. So you could be running the same copy of Office 2010 on your desktop computer and on your laptop. Now it looks like Microsoft wants you to purchase a separate copy of Office 2013 Student Edition for each PC in the family.

  • Jonathan Lanteigne

    I WILL ALWAYS be an OpenOffice User. MS can go shove it. Harshy Harr Harr.

    I’m not spending a load of US Money for a company whose product line has requred me to get phone support with a person from the Philippine!

  • hambdiscus

    Makes no difference–the key is that they are Microsoft products; both are bloated applications that try to be everything for everybody and in so doing, head down the road of being nothing for no one.

  • My Office Home-Student 2010 is installed on my PC, laptop and backup PC and they work fine. I can’t think of any compelling reason to invest in 2013. How many bells and whistles do you need if you’re just doing word processing and occassional Excel bookwork?

  • David Colley

    Why would I chose either? They are both web based and useless.

  • Matt

    Better question… how much is Alex Bezeau getting paid to promote MicroSauce products? Google Drive might not have all of the features that Office has (yet), but at a price tag of $0.00 it’s quite a deal for your average user.

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  • So, Alex… It would appear you spent more time on your tech classes than on your English classes. It’s hard to take you seriously when you’re reviewing an Office productivity program when it’s obvious you either a.) Don’t use it much or b.) Don’t use it to its full potential, I.e. spell and grammar check.

    Go back and re-take English 101. No soup for you!

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  • Ashish

    thanx for info