Head-To-Head: Microsoft Office 2013 Vs. Office 365

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Office 2013 For One

For individuals looking to buy stand-alone software, the choices start at $139.99 for Office Home and Student 2013, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. For $219.99, Microsoft adds Outlook to the Office Home and Business 2013 suite. The Office Professional 2013 suite adds Publisher and Access, and costs $399.99. Office 2013 integrates with SkyDrive for online file storage, but not editing. Stand-alone packages include a single-user license for installation on one PC plus six months of download and installation support. Editing Office documents stored in SkyDrive requires the Office Web Apps browser add-on, which also helps facilitate sharing by emailing or posting links on social sites.

For college students, Microsoft makes an offer too good to refuse. For the cash-strapped collegiate crowd, there's Office 365 University, a four-year subscription to all the Office modules installable on two PCs or Macs (with Office for Mac 2011) plus certain Windows Phone devices. Scholars get the whole lot for $79.99 -- that's $10 per user per year when fully deployed.

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