ENDPOINTS COVERED. Office 2013 covers fewer endpoints per license. The big draw for SaaS is the notion of accessing documents, spreadsheet, presentation and other content from any system anywhere. With a traditional purchase the business editions of Office 2013 provide one license for one computer. You can certainly uninstall Office 2013 and transfer the uninstallation to another computer, but anyone who’s installed Office knows that the process is time consuming.
By comparison, Office 365 midsize business and enterprise E3/E4 editions provide five licenses per subscription, allowing access to a full version of Office 2013 on up to five PCs or Macs. For example, users can access Office from their Office PC from a laptop on the road or while working from home-all for the same monthly E3/E4 license.
SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICES. Office 365 provides supplemental services. Enabling multiple installation of Office 2013 is only one roadback to mobility, but it can be difficult to ensure access to the content created with Office tools across multiple PCs. Network storage or mobile storage devices (such as flash drives) can help, but version control and collaborative content work can be a challenge.
Since Office 365 is based on the cloud, Microsoft also offers 1 TB of online storage for each users with OneDrive for business. This allows file access from any installation as well as file sharing among authorized users. If Office must be used offline, the OneDrive application can maintain a synchronized version of one Drive storage on each licensed endpoint.
CONSTANT UPGRADES. Office 365 is perpetually upgraded. There are also significant differences between maintainance and upgrade models for SaaS products versus traditional application suites. For example, purchasing Office 2013 entitles users to patches and updates as the bugs are fixed and behaviors are tweaked, but the product will always be Office 2013, regardless of hour long you own it. Eventually, even the patches will stop as the product reaches the end of its support life.
COLLABORATION. Office 365 emphasize collaboration. OneDrive storage and file sharing allows real time documents sharing for dynamic authorize. It also provides versioning control to ensure that only the latest version is used. But this is only one aspect of collaboration.
Office 365 includes several other collaboration tools including 60 Skype audio minutes per month, access to high-definition video/audio conferencing, screen sharing and instant messaging. Enterprise social networking is provided with Yammer Enterprise; The combination of shared documents and real time collaboration tools promises high levels of activity from any authorized PC or tablet PC or tablet.
The choice between traditional software suites such as Office 2013 and SaaS offerings like Office 365 comes down to much more than price. Both deployment models provide the same essential Office tools, but there are substantial differences worth considering carefully.
Potential adopters must consider the member of systems several by each license how long the business value of supplemental features like OneDrive or Yammer. Admins should also assess the effects of involved with integrating Active Directory and email with their current IT environment.