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What is Office 365?

What is Office 365?

The current version of Microsoft Office for Windows is Office 2013 and the current version of Microsoft Office for Mac is Office 2011. So what is Office 365?

Office 365 is not a version of the Office suite, like 2013 or 2011, rather it is a brand used by Microsoft for a set of subscriptions to Microsoft services. For example, rather than buying a licence to use Office 2013 on one PC for ever, a subscription to Office 365 lets you install and use the latest version of the Office suite of applications on several PCs, Macs, tablets or phones. If a new version of Office is released during your subscription to Office 365 then you get it for “free”. If your subscription lapses then you are no longer entitled to use the software.

In a nutshell, Office 365 is a way to rent the Office software rather than buy it.

As well as use of the Office software, subscribers to Office 365 Home also get additional services such as free cloud storage (OneDrive) and free minutes to use on Skype.

Office 365 business plans include e-mail and social networking services through hosted versions of Exchange Server, Lync, SharePoint and Office Web Apps and integration with Yammer.

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