The new Office is designed to work with Windows 8, and both have a similar modern styling that puts the emphasis on your content rather than Microsoft's software. Also, both are designed to work with cloud online services, particularly Microsoft's SkyDrive. However, other things have changed now that Microsoft is not a software company but a cloud-based "devices and services company". As chief executive Steve Ballmer said last year, this "impacts how we run the company, how we develop new experiences, and how we take products to market for both consumers and businesses.
Under the new system, you buy a Product Key, which is 25 alphanumeric characters long. Entering the code online enables you to download your copy of Office, or activate a free trial version pre-installed on your new PC. Free Office web apps The good news is that under the new system, most home users don't need to pay anything for Microsoft Office: Sign up for an email address at Outlook. Log on, click SkyDrive, and you can create and edit files in the four main Office programs: Office files are now saved to SkyDrive by default, but you can download them to a local PC, or to multiple devices, or share them with other people.
The Office web apps do not have all the features of the full Office programs, but unless you're running a business, they have enough features for most purposes. They are better than Google's offerings, and — probably more important — they don't mangle complex Office files.
This provides the four core programs — Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote — for non-commercial use, but not Outlook, which is a business program. You don't need Outlook for email because you can use Outlook. Office service All of these versions will last forever. However, Microsoft would much rather you didn't buy them, but rented its Office service. It will therefore offer you a free trial of Office , which comes in different versions for home users one to five devices , small businesses one to 10 employees , mid-sized businesses employees and enterprises.
Steve Ballmer unveils the latest version of Microsoft Office in It is compatible with Internet Explorer 9 and 10, and uses DirectX 10 for fast graphics. Office Home Premium provides all the programs in Microsoft Office Professional , but has a few other advantages as well.
First, you can use it on five separate devices, so you can register it on a desktop, a couple of laptops, a tablet and even a Mac except for OneNote. Documents that you have created belong fully to you.
If you cancel your subscription or it expires, you can still access and download all your files by signing in to OneDrive directly using the Microsoft account you used to set up Office You do lose the additional storage that comes with your subscription, so you must save your files elsewhere or buy more OneDrive storage if your OneDrive account exceeds the free storage quota.
When would my subscription start? If you purchase an auto-renew subscription, your subscription starts when you complete your purchase.
You can purchase auto-renew subscriptions from Office If you purchase a pre-paid subscription, your subscription starts when you activate your subscription and land on your My Account page. You can purchase pre-paid subscriptions from a retailer or reseller, or a Microsoft support agent. How do I share Office with the rest of my household? If you have an active Office Home subscription, you can share it with up to four members of your household.
To add someone to your subscription, visit www. Each person you add will receive an email with the steps they need to follow. Once they have accepted and completed the steps, their information, including the installs they are using, will appear on your My Account page.
You can stop sharing your subscription with someone or remove a device they are using at www. When you use cloud-based services, your IT infrastructure resides off your property off-premises , and is maintained by a third party hosted , instead of residing on a server at your home or business on-premises that you maintain.
Don't see the application you need? Office also comes with services like 1TB of OneDrive storage, 60 Skype minutes per month, and Microsoft chat and phone support. With a subscription, you get the latest versions of the apps and automatically receive updates when they happen. Office is a one-time purchase that comes with classic apps like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for PC or Mac, and does not include any of the services that come with an Office subscription.