I don't think they've quite gotten there with Windows, though.
For those trying the Public Preview of Office 365 and those running Office 2010 and 2013, here's a Microsoft support page you may not have known about. I didn't until this morning when I attended a Microsoft webcast on the Excel Power Map.
But, that's forgetting the following facts:
- The $69 a year Office 365 Personal subscription gives two additional Office programs, Access and Publisher. These are not included in $219 Office 2013 Home & Business edition
- The $219 boxed Office 2013 Home & Business comes with no extra OneDrive storage, OneDrive being limited to 15 GB if you wont pay for the additional storage, whereas the $69 Office 365 Personal comes with 1 TB of OneDrive. It's a huge difference
- The $69 Office 365 Personal also includes 60 free Skype minutes per month, to be used for calls to landlines in most of the countries worldwide and to mobile numbers in a few countries, including USA. Such free calls are not included in the boxed Office 2013 Home & Business
- When Office suite will be upgraded, the Office 365 Personal subscriber can upgrade for free first day the upgrade is published, Office 365 subscription entitles the user to always have the latest software. Buying a boxed version that's it; an upgrade will cost money
- Buying boxed version of Office 2013 Home & Business you get one license to one PC. Subscribing the Office 365 Personal you get one license for one PC, and another license for an additional tablet or mobile phone
However you count it and compare it, the Office 365 Personal makes much more sense.
What I find most economical is that I have (at the moment) four computers and two tablets. I currently subscribe to Office 365 Home (Premium). I'm allowed to put it on five computers and five tablets over 10.1" (10.1" & under are free). That's five installations of O365 currently or $20.00 per year per device. I would have to keep Office for Home and Business for eleven years for the cost per computer to be $20.00.
If I had to buy Office Home and Business for each of my computers, I'd spend $876.00. I couldn't even put it on my 11.6" 'droid tablet, nor could I install Office for Android without a $69.00 subscription!
And, that doesn't take into consideration the fact that O365 is always up to date, while Office for Home and Business will stay static as far as upgrades are concerned.
Windows 10 will include Office for Windows apps for free. They're also free for Android and iOS now.
I have no understanding for users who don't bother to find out the facts and then use something they wrongly assume as a reason for not to get / use / test something and then even spread the false pseudo facts. I hope you don't take this too personally, I am simply stating a personal honest opinion. For instance, where on earth have you heard or read that Office 365 needs Internet connection for it to work? Or that the Office 365 would not be fully installed on your computer?
Of course it will need the connection when you install it, as do the Office 2013 Home& Business you have decided to get if you buy it from the Microsoft Store online, or if and when you want to save your documents in the huge 1 TB OneDrive included in the subscription, but that's it.
This is the screenshot of my Office 365 Home Admin panel. The Home version is the $99 a year version, for 5 users, each of them with three licenses (a PC or Mac plus a tablet and a mobile phone):
And the same with the even cheaper one user license Office 365 Personal at $69 a year. The subscription only means that you pay eiher monthly or yearly as you choose and that you get a bunch of extras not included in boxed version. That's it, other than that both give you locally installed full Office suite (the Office 365 Home or Personal subscription) or somewhat reduced Office suite (your Office 2013 Home & Business). Both need a network and Internet connection exactly as much, if we forget that the subscriber has of course more reason to be online because he also got a huge online storage to save local storage.
Last edited by Kari; 29 Jun 2015 at 17:17.