Available for download beginning today, Office 2013 comes in a wide variety of versions. Availability for both desktop versions and the cloud-connected Office 365 sporting a new look and ready for the touch-screen technology of Windows 8. The latest version of the productivity suite offers tons of tweaks that make it easy to use.
Office 365 Home Premium includes popular programs like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access. The software suite will also come with 20 gigabytes of SkyDrive cloud storage, 60 minutes of free world calls on Skype and can be used on up to five devices. But Microsoft is hoping that you’ll skip the one-time fee for a subscription model that delivers lots of updates to come.
Office Home and Student 2013 – $139.00 onetime fee or $99 per year
Office Home and Business (Available February 27) – $219 onetime fee or $150 per year
Office Standard 2013 – $369 (for volume licensees only)
Office Professional Plus 2013 – $499 (for volume licensees only)
Office Professional Academic 2013
Microsoft also released Office 365 University edition for college students, faculty and staff. The software is offered at $79.99 for a four-year subscription.
And along with the new software, Microsoft’s Office.com Web site gets a refresh in both look and functionality. The Web site lets you manage your account, set up and check the status of your subscription, and download the Office software to your computer.