Summary: Familiar tools coupled with new features and a simplified and redesigned interface make Office 2013 well worth the paid upgrade.
Pros: Microsoft Office 365 Home Edition is a significant update that delivers all the familiar software, with a reinvented interface, tools that make common processes easier, and a cloud-friendly system that lets you work from anywhere.
Cons: The $100-a-year subscription will be hard for many people to swallow. The upgraded apps are not available for Mac at this time, and won't be for 12 to 18 months.
Conclusion: A subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium lets you install a full copy of Office 2013 on up to five devices and also lets any Windows 7 or 8 machine temporarily download Word, Excel, or the other Office apps for use on other machines. Office 2013 looks better than Office 2010 and includes new convenience features, with a minimal learning curve for existing users.
Pros: Designed from the ground up for cloud-based storage and collaboration. Clear, up-to-date interface. Subtle improvements throughout. Unmatched power for editing, viewing, sharing. Single license allows use on five machines, including Macs (which get Office 2011 for the Mac).
Microsoft Office 365: The suite of cloud-based business applications offers definite advantages -- if the rough edges can be smoothed out.
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17 June 2012
Summary: Companies that want an all-in-one suite of the hosted versions of Microsoft's communications and collaboration servers should take a look at Office 365. It's a compelling offering, particularly for small and midsize companies.
Pros: more powerful than its chief competitor, Google Apps...
Cons: ...but more difficult and confusing to use as well
Conclusion: As expected there were glitches in the Office 365 beta, some operational, like those with Lync 2010 Online discussed above, and some due to ill-designed transitioning between web pages. It was easy to set up users, access and use the SharePoint portal team site, and upload and share documents using Office Web Apps. A big question is how many firms are using Office 2003 and see any need to upgrade to a cloud-based version?