Making a Decision
Now for the all-important decision. Here are some questions to help guide you through deciding which edition may be right for you.
Are you using Office for your work or for home?
If you are using Office for work you’ll need to purchase either Home & Business, Professional or one of the Business oriented Office 365 subscriptions. Microsoft’s licensing terms don’t allow you to use Office 365 Home Premium or Home & Student for business use.
Do you typically upgrade Office every time a new version comes out? Would you upgrade more often if you could at an affordable price? Do you think online access would be useful to you? Do you want Office installed on more than one computer?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions Office 365 Home Premium will likely meet your needs. Keep in mind Office 365 gives you online and local access, installation for up to five computers and a relatively low fee of about $10 per month.
If you’re happy with one version of Office for years and years and don’t see yourself needing online access or any of the other ‘extras’ included in Office 365, you can go with a traditional packaged product.
If you decide to stick with the traditional packaged product you can easily decide on which version to get by the products you need. Do you want to use Outlook for email, task and calendaring management? If yes, grab the Home & Business edition. Do you need Microsoft Publisher or Access? Grab Office Pro. Keep in mind though that Office 365 comes with all of the core and advanced products so if you find yourself eyeing Office Pro you may want to take another look at Office 365.
I hope you found this article helpful in deciding which version of Office 2013 is right for you!