By PowerBuy // 1 June 2014 // Related Categories: Tips

To cloud or not to cloud – that is the question you have to answer before upgrading to the latest version of Office. For the first time ever Microsoft now gives you a choice: buy Office 2013 outright and it’s yours or subscribe to Office 365 and pay a monthly (or annual) fee.

Here are five things you need to consider:

1. Should Office sit in the Cloud, or on your PC?

Office 365 lives “in the Cloud” and the files you access and save are stored on a remote server, not on your PC or local server. Office 2013 however is installed on your PC and your files are saved on your hard drive. Office 365 requires an Internet connection to synchronise your files and it’s a great way to “back up” your files without worrying about losing the data on your PC.

2. Own or subscribe?

You never actually own Office 365, you just rent it. Office 2013 however is yours to use for years to come. Whilst the perpetual license option may sound more attractive you’ll find that the rental model makes more sense because it work out to be a lot cheaper and it includes all future software upgrades (new features and bug fixes). More and more software brands are moving to a rental model and one day soon perpetual licenses will no longer exist.

3. Which programs do you need?

Office 365 includes the entire range of Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access). Office Home and Business 2013, however, does not include Publisher or Access.

4. Which is cheaper?

Office 365 is $119 per year (or $12 per month) and you can use it on up to 5 PCs/Macs (plus 5 Windows Tablets / iPads / Smartphones) for the one price. If you use it on all 5 devices then you are effectively paying $23.80 per device per year (plus you get tablet access for free). On the other hand Office 2013 starts at $169 per device for Home and Student and up to $599 for the Professional edition.

5. Which has the most bells and whistles?

When you buy Office 365, Microsoft includes 60 minutes of Skype calls per month plus 20GB of online storage. This is a nice differentiator to Office 2013 and it may be enough to convince you to move to the Cloud version.

Hopefully now you have made your mind up on whether or not to go to the Cloud with Office.

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