Everyone is at least somewhat familiar with Microsoft’s Office suite of products including Word, Outlook, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Publisher. Most businesses, and a lot of homes, have Office installed on their computers. For many years now Microsoft has been the only company to create these type programs well, though several have tried including Oracle with their free version that has now been left to die. Google is probably the closest to being the best contender to Office now with Google Apps, but it too doesn’t compare in features and functionality….  yet. But even with no real competitor on the Office level, I think Microsoft has done well overall with Office and still continues to update and reinvent Office with new ideas. Office 2013 will now be touch-friendly for tablets and computers and even have a version available for their Windows Phone 8. It will also integrate well with Windows 8 and Skype for video conferencing and easily transfer saved files to other devices through Microsoft’s cloud storage service, SkyDrive.

New Pricing
Although Microsoft hasn’t officially released pricing on all Office products or a released date yet, ZDNet recently said they received a leaked Microsoft marketing slide which gives information on Microsoft Office pricing for the software to buy and pricing for their Office 365 cloud service option.  As you can see, there are 4 options when buying the software and 5 options for the cloud.

Microsoft Office 2013 PricingWhat Is Included in Each Suite
Here is what Microsoft has officially said will be included in the software suites.

Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student will include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Business will include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook. Microsoft Office 2013 Professional will include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access.

So far we don’t know what the last two software options, Standard and Professional Plus, will contain, but an article says they will be for volume licensing which is typically used by large companies.

So the next question many are thinking is “Will Office 2013 be worth an upgrade?”. This question I will try and cover later. Or if you need to know sooner, feel free to contact us at 406-414-0532. You can also learn about our other cloud services by visiting our cloud services page.