If you’re confused by the three versions of Microsoft Office that are available this year, technology editor Dave Johnson has a simple explanation of each one.
- Office 2013. It comes on a disc that you load onto your computer or as a download. It’s only good for one computer and comes at different price points for different groups of programs.
- Office 365 Premium. Instead of owning the software, you download it onto your computer and pay as a monthly or annual subscription. If you stop paying, you still have access to the documents you created with it, but the software won’t work anymore.
- Office 365 Home Premium. For $10 a month or $100 a year, you can install this version on up to five PC or Mac computers. You get all of the components in Office 1013 Professional, as well as 60 minutes of Skype calls a month and 20GB of SkyDrive storage.
— Adapted from “Making sense of the new Microsoft Office offerings,” Dave Johnson, CBS MoneyWatch.