MS Office is one of the most highly acclaimed set of products from Microsoft, a suite of productivity software designed to ease and expedite your work in the workplace. The latest version of Office is the 2013 edition, which was officially brought out on January 29, 2013. Microsoft Office 2013 brings in significant changes in terms of features and provisions, with a major shift in focus towards the cloud computing.
The blend of Cloud with Office
Cloud computing is the way that all applications are headed. The main appeal of this is that you can avail the use of programs without having to install them on a single computer. The only thing you need for this a fast, uninterrupted internet connection. In fact, many of the activities people do online on a daily basis is, falls under cloud computing.
Microsoft Office is now connected to the cloud in many ways, which makes it possible to connect to a wide variety of related web services. The componential programs are almost all the same ones as older users are familiar with. You have Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Microsoft Office 2013 comes as many optional suites, including Home & Student, Home & Business, and Professional. Each differs in the components functionalities it provides, and the demographic it is marketed to.
MS Office is a standalone bundle, which has its own set of programs, but what sets it apart from previous versions is that it ties in with the cloud in so many aspects. One of the main changes is that the default save location is the SkyDrive account the user registers with. With past version, each file would have had to be separately uploaded after saving it locally.
Switching to Office 2013 is a good prospect for businesses looking to join cloud computing into their operational setup. If your organization uses an outdated version of Office, this would go down the same way as updates did before. You would have to purchase the license for the upgrade version, after which you would be downloading the copy or copies off the internet.
If you own a small or medium sized business, the program can be bought as one, without the need for subsequent fees, such as for a subscription. If you are unable to download the installer and upgrade that way, you can purchase an installation disk and set up the application as well. The reduced price, however, only applies to special offerings.
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