Microsoft Office 365 or Office 2013. Which Is Right For You?

Microsoft Office 365 VS Office 2013
Microsoft Office 365 VS Office 2013


5 February 2013, Singapore – So now the new Microsoft Office comes in two different version, the Office 365 and Office 2013.  So what is the difference and which Microsoft Office version will be the right one for you?  Many will question why go for the subscription-based Office 365 when you can purchase a one-off license with the Office 2013?

Office 365 will be a model where users do not need to upgrade or purchase a new Microsoft Office every 2 to 3 years, as Office 365 will always be up-to-date and the latest version. Office 365 is also more value-for-money in the long run.  Check out the comparison table below and note the highlighted additional features and licenses on the Office 365.


Office 365 VS Office 2013

Office 365
(Home Premium)
Office 2013
(Home & Student 2013)
Licenses 5 PCs or Macs & Selected Mobile Devices 1 PC ONLY
Price S$138 per year (less than S$28 per license) S$189 one off
Features • Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access for devices
20GB SkyDrive storage (for main subscriber) worth USD$20/year
60 Skype world minutes/month (for both mobile and landline in Singapore)
Office on Demand, use Microsoft Office via Web Client on
• Easy annual subscriptions with ongoing products and services upgrade
• Word, Powerpoint, Excel and OneNote
• For non-commercial use only
• Save to SkyDrive by default with a Microsoft account with access to 7GB storage
• Keep your settings and documents wherever you go with just a single sign-in
• New support for touch and stylus for touch-enabled devices, in addition to keyboard and mouse


With Publisher and Access included in Office 365 (Home Premium) the direct comparison should be based on Office 2013 (Professional) which costs S$549 for one license. The majority of us do not use Publisher and Access, but if you do then you are saving a lot with Office 365.


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Why Choose Office 365?

If you have multiple devices that requires Microsoft Office and you may have both PC and Mac,  one Office 365 subscription gets you five licenses. With Office on Demand, you can use Office 365 on any PC or Mac via the Office web client on and no more worries on the version of Microsoft Office in your devices, with S$138 (less than S$28 per license) a year the Office 365 is always up-to-date.


Office 365 and Office 2013 Packages

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