Microsoft Office Cost

Microsoft Office is a suite of desktop productivity applications that is designed specifically to be used for office or business use. It is a proprietary product of Microsoft Corporation and was first released in 1990. Microsoft Office is available in 35 different languages and is supported by Windows, Mac and most Linux variants. It mainly consists of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote, Outlook and Publisher applications. [techopedia]

How much does Microsoft Office 2016 cost without a subscription?

Office for Mac Home & Student 2011 cost $120 and$200 for Home & Business. A subscription to Office 365 Personal — which includes Office 2016 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access — for installation on one PC or Mac (plus one phone) is $70 per year.

Fully installed Office 2016 versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote for 1 PC (Windows 7 or later, home use) cost $149.99.

Office 2016 System Requirements

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Office 365 – With Office 2016 and IE11

We were talking about compatibility issues. If your Office 365 subscription comes with an option to use your own installed software, you can use older versions of Microsoft Office like 2013 or even 2010. But there will be heavy fragmentation if others use older versions like 2007- resulting in misplaced data. The objective of Office 365 is to keep users on the same platform – the latest platform – so that incompatibility issues don’t happen. Hence it is better to upgrade your standalone applications such as Word, Excel and Internet Explorer etc to the latest versions. That way, your workflow would be smooth and chances of non-compatibility do not pose problems.

Here is what it takes to use different packs of Office 365 on your computers.

Home, Personal and Student plans

  • If you are using a PC, you will need a processor with at least 1GHz speed. For Mac, it should be a bit higher speed and should be Intel.
  • Office 365 Basic can run on 2GB RAM on PCs. For Mac, it should be 4GB.
  • HDD space for running Office 365 home should be 3GB while for Mac, it should be 6GB and the HDD format for the latter should be what is called Mac OS Extended format or HFC plus.
  • Display requirements for both PC and Mac are 1280 x 800 resolution.
  • Browsers used should be the latest versions; in case you do not have access to latest versions, the immediately preceding version would do.
  • You will also need .NET 4 or 4.5 CLR; Though you can also do with 3.5, it may restrict some features.

Why are there so many different versions and do you really need to pay for it?

When it comes to office automation, the first thing that comes to mind is Microsoft Office. One cannot imagine a Windows-based computer without a local copy of Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The future may hold the key to cloud based apps, but as of now, a pretty large chunk of Microsoft users is still dependent on local installations. For the past few years, an exception being the statement released on Jan 24-25 2013, the office automation software bundle from Microsoft generated more revenue compared to its Windows range of operating office cost

The evolution of office automation is tied to the evolution of Microsoft Office as the latter remained and stays ahead in offering the latest features that enhance and support the functions required by the ever-changing needs of business houses worldwide.

Microsoft Word For MS-DOS – Pre Windows Era

The history of MS Office starts officially from November 19 1990 when Office for Windows (also called MS Office 1.0) came out for use with Windows 2.0. Prior to Office 1.0, the basic elements of the package were still available as separate programs but for MS-DOS. The primary input devices for pre Windows Microsoft Word were keyboards. Mouse was a luxury not used by many. Though they have many good features, formatting and printing requires good expertise. You can still download one of the DOS based Word from the Internet – but I won’t recommend any site as I don’t know if they would be clean.

Evolution & History Of MS Office: From Keyboard To Touch Interface

We will take you on a pictorial tour of the different versions of Microsoft Office that debuted as an add-on for Windows 2.0 and went on to change the face of office automation across the business houses on the planet. It shifted users from the then famous WordPerfect to MS Word and killed the former’s market. A major factor for the huge success of MS Office was and is the keyboard shortcut system as opposed to the formatting system of WordPerfect that required users to type in special codes.

Year 1990 – Microsoft Office For Windows (Office 1.0)

A combination of Word 1.1, Excel 2.0 and PowerPoint 2.0 released in November 1990

Year 1991 – MS Office 1.5 – Improved Excel (with Word 1.1 & PowerPoint 2.0)

Year 1992 – MS Office 3.0 For Windows (Office 92 on CD-ROM)

Contains – Word 2.0; Excel 4.0A and PowerPoint 4.0. Do note that the version numbers are not consistent; they were made consistent only after Office 95 that we’ll check out below.

Year 1994 – Office 4.0 For Windows

There was one small upgrade for Excel between Office 3.0 and Office 4.0 and the same was continued in Office 4.0.

Instead of Excel 4.0a, it was now Excel 4.0. PowerPoint version was same – 3.0. The major overhaul was MS Word which now had a very rich interface focusing on formatting.

Thus, Office 4.0 composed of following: Word 6.0, Excel 4.0, and PowerPoint 3.0.

Year 1995 – Office 7.5 or Office 95

Naming convention was changed to match the version numbers of each application software in Office suite! Thus, it was Word 95, Excel 95 and Presentation 95.

Note that each version of MS Office also brought in other software such as Publisher etc. For this picture article, we will stick to the main three components as including others as well will confuse some. I will later talk about the other software in a separate picture roll.

Year 1996 Fall – Office 97: Introduction Of Office Assistant!

ms office versionsI am sure many of you must have loved that dancing clip, Clippy, whenever you pressed F1 for Help

Mid 1999 – Office 2000 (Better User Experience)

Among the many updates to previous versions were smoother user elements and improved security

Mid 2001: Office XP

With XP, Microsoft provided almost all features to users working under restricted mode on corporate networks. Notice the shine on the Window title that is inherited from the basic elements on Windows XP that continued to rule for almost a decade.

Fall Of Year 2003 – Office 2003: The Most Used MS Office Version Ever

In case of MS Office however, the most used version is version 2003 with plenty of functionality and security features. Blended with Windows XP completely and presented icons and toolbars with the same look as the operating system. Other than the looks, the rich feature arranged neatly under different menu tabs made it users’ choice to years until they were forced to upgrade to Office 2007 and Office 2010.

Office 2007 introduced the Ribbon Interface

office 2007Office 2007 introduced the ribbon interface and helped you produce professional-looking documents by providing a comprehensive set of tools for creating and formatting your document in the new Microsoft Office Fluent user interface.

Office 2010 introduced Office Web Apps

Microsoft Office 2010 let people & employees keep in touch and working effectively no matter where they were. They could use the same applications from their PCs, from a smartphone, or from a Web browser.

Office 2013 comes with cloud integration

The Evolution Of MS Office continues with Office 2013 and Office 365 and makes use of cloud computing and takes it to the next level, while introducing Touch.

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The tools you use every day, now even better with Office 365

Are you still using an older version of Office? Now you can get more done on your favorite devices with Office 365. With Office 365, you always have the latest versions of Office apps as soon as they’re available, plus all-new features to help bring your ideas to life.

“Office 365” refers to subscription plans that include access to Office applications plus other productivity services that are enabled over the Internet (cloud services). Office 365 includes plans for use at home and for business. Office 365 plans for business include services such as Skype for Business web conferencing and Exchange Online hosted email for business, and additional online storage with OneDrive for Business.

Many Office 365 plans also include the desktop version of the latest Office applications, which users can install across multiple computers and devices. The fully installed applications include: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access. (Publisher and Access are available on PC only.) And you can install them across multiple devices, including PCs, Macs, Android tablets, Android phones, iPad, and iPhone. When you have an active Office 365 subscription that includes the desktop version of Office, you always have the most up-to-date version of the applications.

The Office 365 plans that are online-only are a great choice for certain business needs, and they are designed to work with the latest version of Office, Office 2013, and Office 2011 for Mac. Previous versions of Office, such as Office 2010 and Office 2007, may work with Office 365 with reduced functionality. Get more details about which Office versions are supported. NOTE: This compatibility with Office does not include the Exchange Online Kiosk or Office 365 Enterprise K1 plans.

With the final release of Microsoft Office 365 (Home Premium), Microsoft has taken bold steps to change its game. The latest office suite is radically different from previous versions of Microsoft Office, from how it’s distributed to what’s included to how it’s priced.

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