Differences in Office 365 and Regular

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Software as a service (SaaS) enables enterprises to affordably provide applications to a larger number of users. It also supports supplemental features that would simply be impossible with offline software. Although Office 2013 and Office 365 provide the same essential tools, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and others, it’s important to understand the major differences between them and select the approach that’s best for your organization.

OWNERSHIP MODELS. Office 365 and Office 2013 have different ownership models the biggest differences between Office 2013 and Office 365 is the way in which the software is acquired. For example, Office 2013 uses a traditional license model where the software is purchased once and installed once. A perpetual license ensures that the buyer can continue to use the suite forever. The standard edition of Office 2013 has listed for $369, and the Professional Plus edition has listed for $499 per license.

By comparison, Office 365 is the same basic product provided as a subscription-based online service billed on a monthly or yearly basis. Users continue to access Office 365 as long as the subscription is current. Office 365 for midsize business lists for $15 per month and the Enterprise E3 and Government edition lists for $20 per month (E3 lists for $22 per month). The Saas model can be particularly attractive for transient or fluctuating users counts, especially over the short term.



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