Have you ever wondered how can you get all the services that Office provides you with (like Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.) and also extra apps that will make your experience creating different documents as complete as possible?
Well, you can do so thank you to Office 365. Office 365 launched back in June 2011 and it was a success. With the launching of Office 2013, the latest version of the “Home” based Office, the options in Office 365 did nothing but increase.
We are going to go through the basics of Office 365, including Office 365 sign in, what does it offer, its price and what do you need for buying it and installing it in your computer.
Brief description of Office 365 apps
Office 365 includes a wide range of applications that need to be installed in your computer prior to use them. Here, we are going to provide you with a list of the applications and the extras that every account of Office 365 has.
Let’s start with Word, one of the most famous programmes ever. Thank you to Word, you can create documents, read files in the appropriate format (usually .doc or .docx), and basically be able to create any kind of document that can include graphs, tables, images, charts and equations. It is widely used and it is extremely easy to use.
This app allows the insertion of data in the shape of tables for then being able to create all kind of charts and financial details based on the data inserted. It sounds complicated, but it is actually quite easy to use and its versatility is very useful.
- Power Point
It allows creating presentations based on slides where the information can be introduced in the shape of text, tables, charts or images. The formatting that can be done is perfect for adapting the style of the presentation to all kind of publics.
Microsoft Outlook, must not be confused with Outlook.com, is an email system that is widely used in companies and universities. It also allows you to introduce more than one email account in it by using POP3 or IMAP.
Publisher is a very useful tool that allows us to create a poster. There, all kind of things can be introduced and arranged as you wish. Also, background pictures are allowed, giving your posters a touch of professionalism.
OneNote is a tool that allows us for taking quick notes wherever we are. It is thought to be used specially with tablets, as you can handwrite your notes and then convert them into text. But you can also include more things in your notes, such as pictures, short videos and even webclippings.
Each user of SkyDrive obtains a free 7 GB of storage on the cloud, but if you get Office 365, you will receive 20 GB extra for free, which means that you will have a total of 27 GB of storage in the cloud for using it with whatever you want.
- Skype World Minutes
As you may know, Skype is part of Microsoft, and therefore is included on the Office 365 bundle. Skype is free of charge, but there is a part of Skype where you will need to pay for: phoning from Skype to mobile phones. Skype World Minutes gives you 60 minutes to spend on this feature per month.
- Office On Demand
This is a very interesting feature of Office 365 subscribers. If you would like to use Office 365 in a computer that is not yours and that does not have Office installed on it, you can use all the apps by streaming. The Internet connectivity here is essential, and you will only be able to use this feature if the computer you would like to use has Internet connection, which will also determine the streaming velocity. When you save documents with this service, they will be saved at SkyDrive, and they will not be accessed by the computer itself unless you save a local copy. This feature is only available on computers with Windows 7 or later.
Different types of Office 365
Among the different types of Microsoft Office 365, there are some specially thought for business and for home users.
- Office 365 Home Premium
Thought for families, and mainstream consumers. You can buy a license and install it in up to 5 different devices.
- Office 365 University
This is a very similar version of the Office 365 Home Premium, thought to be for students in higher studies and it includes a discount and a 4-year license. This version can only be installed in 2 devices.
- Office 365 for Small Business Premium
Aimed at small business, with up to 10 employees (users) that have a limited IT experience. This version includes Exchange (25 GB of mailbox), SharePoin (10 GB + 500 MB/per user of storage) and Lync and can be installed in up to 5 devices per user.
- Office 365 for MidSize Business
Aimed at business with 10 to 250 employees (users), it includes access to all the Office 2013 applications, Exchange (hosted), SharePoint and Lync.
Where can I install Office 365?
You can install Office 365 as far as you have any of the following operative systems: Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OS X (10.6 or later version). You can also use Office Mobile as far as you have a device with: Windows Phone OS 7.5 or later version.
If you have a Windows computer, you will then receive the Office 2013 versions of the apps when you obtain Office 365, but if you have a Mac OS X computer, you will only receive the Office 2011 version of the apps when installing Office 365.
What’s the price of Office 365?
There is a monthly free trial for each plan, but after that month runs if you still want to keep using Office 365, you will have to pay one of the following:
- Office 365 Home Premium
The price for the Office 365 Home Premium subscription is either $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year (saving a bit of money if buying a 1-year subscription).
- Office 365 University
Office 365 University is this cheap because it is thought to be for students. Its price is $79.99 for a 4-year subscription.
- Office 365 Small Business Premium
If you want to install Office 365 Small Business Premium, the price will be $12.50 per user per month or $15 per user per billed monthly.
- Office 365 MidSize Business
Finally, for the Office 365 MidSize Business there is only one price option: $15 per user per month with a year of commitment.