One question we get asked a lot is 'What's the difference between Office 2013 and Office 365?'. Well, the difference is that Office 365 is the suite of cloud-based applications that Microsoft wants small businesses to use, and Office 2013 is part of that. Office 365 is Microsoft's answer to the hugely popular Google Apps., and enables a small business to rent Microsoft Office for around £15 per user per month for installation on up to 5 PC's. For that price, they get the latest versions of the Microsoft Office software (2010 or 2013, it's up to you), hosting of e-mails and a website, and a file sharing syst em called Skydrive for sharing files between team members.
The really interesting part is their efforts to get consumers to pay for Microsoft Office Home Premium on an annual subscription. Will the concept of charging home users £70 per year for access to Microsoft Office 2013 and Skydrive ever take off? Well, it'll be interesting to find out. However, there's no doubting one thing: Microsoft have now officially entered the Cloud Computing arena.
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IT for Small Business is my area of expertise. I enjoy looking at technology from a business strategy perspective. Often, micro-businesses can use their IT setup to punch way above their weight, and embrace...