Businesses in need of a Microsoft Office software upgrade and/or PC refresh have several options for accessing the application they use everyday, like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more. If you are bewildered by the mind-boggling variety of Microsoft Office options out there, you are not alone. We find many businesses are confused about the differences between Microsoft Office 2010, Office 2013 and Office 365 and which option is best for their business.

Microsoft Office 2013 is the updated version of Office 2010, Microsoft’s popular desktop-based productivity suite. Microsoft Office 365 is the subscription-based, cloud version of the same product, which comes with more frequent updates and tight integration with SkyDrive, Microsoft’s cloud service for document storage, as well as Lync, SharePoint, email Exchange components and Active Directory (depending on which version you choose.)

Since Office 365 is cloud connected,  a single subscription gives users access to Office productivity applications across a wide variety of devices, from PCs to tablets. As with most cloud applications, Office 365 is easy to scale — adding new users is easy as adding a new subscriber. Office 2013 comes in the familiar shrink-wrapped box and is installed directly on your PC. Both versions of Microsoft’s new Office productivity suites include updated versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, OneNote, and a few other applications, all of which have been redesigned with a streamlined appearance, and both integrate with Windows 8.

If it is time for a Microsoft Office or a PC refresh, than you need to decide between the traditional desktop version of Microsoft Office and Office 365, its counterpart in the cloud. There are a number of factors involved in calculating the purchasing, installing, configuring, updating and maintaining Office 2013 versus the ongoing subscription costs associated with Office 365. However, the value of the cloud and Office 365 is hard to dispute.

Microsoft offers a wide (and sometimes confusing) variety of pricing options for both Office 2013 and Office 365. Rather than trying to sort it all out, we recommend that you contact ACE IT Solutions at (646) 558-5575. As a certified Microsoft reseller, ACE IT Solutions can help you determine which Microsoft productivity suite is best for your business. We can explain pricing and benefits of the different options and deploy the Office productivity suite throughout your workforce to keep your business productive.

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