Print By Jay Garmon Microsoft Office hits retail stores this month and as usual Microsoft is offering a byzantine selection of Office Editions to choose from. Which version of Office is right for you, and which Editions are you even eligible to buy?
We break it down in this buyers guide. The Editions There are seven Microsoft Office Editions to choose from, though only three of them are available through traditional retail channels.
The Editions are listed below in ascending order of complexity and with the exception of Office Professional Academic ascending order of cost. Office Starter also includes advertisements, which is how Microsoft underwrites the fact that Office Starter is free.
As you ascend the cost ladder, extra applications are added to the mix, but none are excluded. In this respect, Microsoft has kept your Office buying decision rather simple. Need a particular Office app? Simply find the cheapest Office Edition that includes it. Microsoft Office Home and Business adds Outlook to the roster of applications.
Microsoft Office Professional and Professional Academic are identical except for pricing, and include the Microsoft Access database application. What Can I Buy? For versions of Office that are actually for sale, you have two methods of purchase: The Boxed versions include full CD copies of the applications handy for reinstalls , printed manuals, and licenses for two PCs.
The Product Key Cards are simply credit-card like plastic slips with product activation codes printed on them. Key Cards can be used to download a single installation of Office onto a PC, or to upgrade Office Starter Edition to a full version of Office Microsoft Office Home and Student, Home and Business, and Professional are all available via retail channels at the following prices: Suffice it say the more licenses you buy, the cheaper your per-license cost.
The chart below illustrates which apps are included in each Edition of Office
A product key for an Office stand-alone product (such as Microsoft Visio Professional ) will not be accepted as a product key for an Office suite. It is important to match the product key to the product for which it is specified. Volume License product keys will not be accepted for a . Microsoft Office hits retail stores this month and as usual Microsoft is offering a byzantine selection of Office Editions to choose from. Which version of Office is right for you. Microsoft Office suites have been increasing the productivity level of users since Although the configurations have changed over the years, they typically include bundles of software programs like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and more, depending on which suite you purchase.
Sign in with the Microsoft account you associated with this version of Office. Forgot your account details? See I forgot the account I use with Office. On Services and subscriptions, find the Office product you want to install and select Install.