Ryan Bush

Have you ever wondered why one Office 365 license can be used on up to five devices and is priced between $12-$20 a month, but to purchase the Microsoft Office software in a store only works on one device and costs around $399?? No, you have not ever wondered about that? Really? Ok. I hope you are wondering about it now, because I am about to explain…

Before I begin, what do you think about my view yesterday? Not bad, right?

View from the office today

Back to Microsoft, Office 365 and Office 2016. First, I will begin by listing some of the features:

Microsoft Office365
Price:                    $12-$20 per month
Installations:     5 (can be installed on PC, Mac, tablet, phone)

Apps:                     Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, email, OneNote, Publisher, Access, Skype for Business, Sway,
OneDrive for Business, Yammer, Office Online
Tech support?   Yes
What happens when a new version of Microsoft Office is released? All future versions included

Microsoft Office 2016
Price:                    $300
Installations:     1 PC
Apps:                     Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access
Tech support?   Yes
What happens when a new version of Microsoft Office is released? You have to buy is again

Why am I giving you all of this information? Here is how it started…

I was working from an attorney friend’s office yesterday (one advantage of Office 365…the ability to work from anywhere), and out of frustration she asked me some questions.

Question: Is a way to share a document with someone and both work on it at the same time?
Answer: If you have regular Office 2016: no; if you have Office 365: yes. With Office 365 you can store, sync and share your files online so they are always up to date. You can also edit documents with others in real time.

Question: Is there an easier way to have a video conference than hooking up the projection equipment in the conference room?
Answer: If you have Office 365: yes. Skype for Business allows you to connect with others by: IM, voice calls and video calls. It also gives you the ability to host online meetings with audio, video and screen sharing.

Question: If I forget something while I am in Columbia is there a way to get it off my computer at the office without my paralegal having to go into the office and email it to me?
Answer: If you have Office 365: yes. With OneDrive for Business you can access your documents anywhere with an internet connection. You can also sync all of your files to your device so you still have access to them without an internet connection.

Question: How is Office 365 different from what I have?
Answer: You have Office 2013. Office 2013 is totally different from Office 365.

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