Microsoft Office 2013 and 365 are now available for purchase, for instance via Microsoft's official online store. Not every online retailer seems to have it in stock right now, Amazon for instance has not listed the Office 2013 editions yet on its website.
The official store lists four different Office editions that are available for the general public and an edition for students. The first thing that you need to understand is that there are two different versions of Office available now. First the regular desktop version of Office that is similar to previous versions of the program suite, and then the new Office 365 line of applications which are subscription based services. So, instead of paying $269 for Office Home and Business 2013, you pay $99 per year for Office 365 Home Premium which offers more features than Home and Business, probably to entice users to pick it as subscription based services are more lucrative than one-time sales.
Lets take a look at all Office 2013 editions, what they offer and how much they cost.
Office Home & Student 2013
Office Home & Business 2013
Office Professional 2013
Office Professional Plus 2013
Office 365 Home Premium
Office 365 Small Business Premium
Office 365 Pro Plus and Enterprise are only available for volume licensing.
Which version of Office should you get? That depends on a couple of things, including the number of users in your household and the number of devices that each user wants to install Office on. The boxed versions of Office 2013 are limited to one user / device which is fine if you want to install Office on a single PC. If that is the case, it makes sense to pick Office 2013 as it will be cheaper in the long run than Office 365.
If multiple household members want to work with and install Office on their PCs and devices, or if you want to install it on multiple devices, you may want to consider Office 365 instead as it allows you to install it on up to five devices which could be cheaper than buying separate copies of Office 2013 for the devices.
Basically, the longer you plan on using Office 2013, the more expensive Office 365 gets. For ten years, you would pay $999.99 for the Home Premium license. For that money, you could buy 7 Home & Student licenses.
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