What’s So Different About Microsoft Office 2013?

The newest version of Microsoft Office productivity suite, known as ‘Office 2013’, was officially launched on January 29, 2013. Even though it’s been designed for tablets and Windows 8, it’s equally powerful and effective for PCs as well. Microsoft is offering a broad spectrum of versions for home and business categories so you can get the one that best suits your budget and requirements. In this article, we are reviewing Office 365 Home Premium.

What makes Office 2013 Better?

So…What makes Office 2013 better than its predecessors? The answer is: Ease of Use. Since Microsoft wanted to make the latest version of Office perfect for tablets running Windows 8, they converted their tools to support touch screens and in the process they made most actions only one tap or just a click away. Even though they made changes in the new Office for tablets, Smartphones and Windows 8, these changes made Office much easier to operate than ever before. It’s important to note that you can use Office 2013 with Windows 7 as well, but not with earlier versions of Windows.

Office 2013

Subscription Version vs. Standalone

With Office 2013, Microsoft is moving to a new subscription-based model. You can buy it the old-fashioned way as a standalone version, but Microsoft prefers that you sign up for the subscription. The main benefit of a subscription plan is that you will continue to receive the latest upgrades and you will not have to worry about buying another new version of Office ever again. The standalone version will work as perfectly as the subscription version initially, but eventually it will become out-of-date as it will not receive any upgrades.

What does it come with?

The Office 365 Home Premium version can be installed on 5 different PCs with a single subscription which includes Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher and OneNote. Even though you can get 7GB of free space on SkyDrive now, with Office 365 Home Premium subscription, you will receive 20GB more. You will also get 60 minutes of free Skype calls every month. The subscription for this entire plan will cost you just $99.99 a year.

Should I buy the Student Version?

It’s important to note that Office 2013 Home & Student can be installed on one PC only and it costs $139.99 and it comes with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. So, if you have 3 PCs in your household, then you will have to buy 3 copies and they will cost you $419.97. So, it’s best to get Office 365 Home Premium with a subscription, because it will allow you to install it on 5 different PCs and each user will be able to sign in to their own account with their own online document store and other benefits. So, in less than $400 you will enjoy the latest tools for the next 4 years.

When you use Office 2013, you will certainly like it because the interface has been improved as well. The ‘Ribbon’, which first appeared in Office 2007 and annoyed many users, is now optional.

Have you used Office 2013 yet? If yes, then please share your experience with us!

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OneNote Mobile for Android is now available

Back In 2011 Jan, Microsoft decided to grace us with its presence on Apple’s App store with its popular note-taking solution, OneNote. At that time, the company said that OneNote was installed on 78M PCs, so it looked like the company wanted to spread the seed a bit. This past December, Microsoft released another popular service, SkyDrive, on iOS. But the news of releasing these products for Android was no way near.

But yesterday Microsoft OneNote blog published the following:

“For all of you who’ve been asking (and patiently waiting) for a version of OneNote for your Android phones, we have great news: OneNote Mobile for Android is now available! Download it from the Android Market app store today!

Mobile versions of OneNote are currently available on Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, and now Android. Now you can use OneNote accross all your devices and have them synced without much fuss. Recently on a Microsoft Windows 7 advert OneNote was featured to show how a family can organize their shopping list from PC to Windows Phone.

Here is some screenshot and feature list mentioned in the blog post.

 

The OneNote for Android interface

 

Feature summary

OneNote Mobile for Android includes the following features:

  • Text formatting, images, and bulleted lists
  • To-do lists with clickable checkboxes
  • Quick photo capture with your phone’s camera
  • Quick access to recent notes
  • Store and access multiple OneNote notebooks
  • Sync to your free SkyDrive account for access anywhere
  • Offline access to your notes
  • Option to sync notebooks only over a Wi-Fi connection
  • Built-in spelling checker
  • Support for external hyperlinks
  • Table editing

Screenshot gallery

Here are a few examples of the OneNote Mobile for Android app in action:
OneNote for Android app screenshot     OneNote for Android app screenshot

OneNote for Android app screenshot     OneNote for Android app screenshot

Free vs. unlimited use

OneNote Mobile for Android is free to download and use for up to 500 notes. When you’ve reached this limit, you can upgrade the app for a one-time fee of US $4.99 for unlimited use.

If you choose not to upgrade to the unlimited version, you can still view, sync, and delete any of your existing notes even after you’ve reached the 500 notes limit. However, you will no longer be able to edit your notes or create new ones on your Android phone.

For unlimited use pricing outside of the United States, please visit the Android Market in your region (see below for a complete list of supported countries and markets).

 

International availability

OneNote Mobile for Android is now available in the following markets:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela.