‘Office 365’ is a cloud based productivity solution from ‘Microsoft’ given as a subscription basis. It has desktop applications like ‘Word’, ‘Excel’, ‘PowerPoint’ and some services like ‘OneDrive’ and ‘Skype’. You can also use ‘Word’, ‘Excel’, ‘PowerPoint’ in online version.
The main difference between previous ‘Office’ and ‘Office 365’ is, the pricing process. ‘Office 365’ is subscription basis (not one time). You need to give money every year to continue working with ‘Office 365’. By doing a subscription you will get some facilities like free upgrade of new desktop applications when it will available, chat support from ‘Microsoft’ in case of any problem. This process is called ‘Software as a Service’ (SaaS). You are not paying for the product instead you are paying for the service and the service includes the products.
Some of the key facilities of ‘Office 365’:
- Desktop applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc)
- Online applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc)
- 1 TB storage in OneDrive
- Meeting with Skype
- Free upgradation
- Chat support from ‘Microsoft’
- Email and organization social network (business plan only)
- World class security (business plan only)
Read more about ‘Office 365’:
Below you can find the plans and price details in India for both ‘Home’ and ‘Business’ users:
- For home users (with basic functionalities):
- For business users (advance functionalities with better security):
For ‘Office 365’ you need ‘Windows 7’ at least.
You can also buy only desktop applications with onetime payment, but you cannot avail the facilities like ‘OneDrive’, free upgrade, chat support etc.
The information in this blog post is based on Microsoft India and I have no control on changes of them.