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  • Comparison Guide for Microsoft Office Versions

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    Microsoft created Office in a wide range of versions to fit many different needs. Each version is built to address the main needs for a user-class, whether home, business or academic. But with so many versions you may wonder which version is best for you. With that in mind, here is a guide to assist in your choice between Office versions.

    First, all versions of Microsoft Office have the staple applications, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. These applications are in wide usage in many industries with Word and Excel formatted documents some of the most the common standards. For basic versions you will have what you need to accomplish regular tasks with these basic applications. PowerPoint is a great tool for making all kinds of presentations even for students. OneNote is a handy application which can be used for a large variety of activities, even capturing recordings and video. Additionally, all Microsoft Office versions offer product support.

    All Microsoft Office 365 versions have some additional features and licensing. Regarding the latter point, Office 365 is an annual subscription regardless of whether the version is Home, Personal or University. However, these versions vary in the number of devices on which the subscription can be used. Office 365 Home can be used on up to five PCs, Macs or tablets as well as 5 phones. Office 365 Personal is less expensive but only offers use on one computer device and 1 phone. Meanwhile, Office 365 University can be licensed for two computers and 2 phones.

    In addition to being subscription-based, all Office 365 versions offer some extras that may not be available on other Office version. Office 365 includes Outlook, Publisher and Access as well as 1TB of cloud storage via OneDrive for either five users (Home version) or 1 user (Personal and University). Additionally, Office 365 subscribers have sixty free minutes of Skype per month for between five users (Home) and one user (Personal and University). Finally, Office 365 offers continually up-to-date applications, so subscribers have all the latest features at their fingertips.

    All other versions of Microsoft Office 2016 are one-time purchased licenses at varying prices depending on your need. None of these one-time purchase version offers Ccoud storage, Skype minutes or continual updates (meaning when the license is expired, or Office 2016 is no longer supported, you may not receive any new updates). Each version is licensed for one computer only.

    Office Home and Student 2016 (PC and Mac versions) offers the same staple of applications that will keep you working on any common tasks you have. As mentioned above, these applications are Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

    Office Home and Business 2016 (PC and Mac versions) have the same licensing and four main applications but add Outlook for your email needs. Business-class users can take advantage of robust email functions in Outlook, whether organization is small or large, to track calendar events and tasks as well as use domain-branded emailing, especially when email is hosted by the company. Outlook greatly enhances the collaborative features of the other Office applications in the version bundle.

    For those users with additional needs, Office Professional 2016 offers the same applications as the Home and Business versions (without support for Mac). Additional included applications are Publisher and Access. Professional users in need of database services without server availability can make use of Access to build a business database. Meanwhile, Publisher offers users the ability to create high-quality documents of all kinds from brochures to posters and much more.

    Microsoft Office is a robust group of applications offered in a variety of packages to meet anyone's needs. Office 365 subscription packages offer suitable extras for home, school and business use. One-time licensed versions can offer all the necessary applications while adding more applications for business-class users. Regardless of the version you need, you can rest assured that Microsoft Office will meet your needs with powerful, versatile applications. Meanwhile, Access and Publisher both extend the ability of the high-end business-class users with additional resources.

    For additional clarification of the offered versions, view of the Microsoft Office comparison guide in the table below:

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    Office offers just what you need so purchase only what you need. The Office version guide pictured above should clarify what you need based on cost, type of licensing and applications or extra features offered. To learn more about Microsoft Office and what applications best benefit you, contact our experts at RoyalDiscount.com - your online source for cheap OEM, Retail & Cloud products.


  • Microsoft Open Licensing

    Big Business Tools At An Entry Level Price

    Microsoft Open Licensing is an entry-level volume licensing program for small to mid-sized companies with between 2 to 250 personal computers (although it can accommodate companies with up to 750 computers). Microsoft's latest service offering allows corporate, charitable, academic, or governmental organizations to obtain volume license schemes for Microsoft products. Microsoft Open Licensing is generally a better value when compared to traditional licensing methods (i.e. - retail, or individual license purchases). Open License provides a simple, yet flexible and cost-effective approach to buying the latest Microsoft technology, maintaining said technology, and standardizing licensing methods to meet your company’s needs and budget.

    The Microsoft Open Licensing Model Is Designed To Simplify

    • Open Value – Specifically designed to offer you simplified license management, lower software management costs, and greater control over your IT investment. This option includes Software Assurance, an improved maintenance program from Microsoft which provides you access to added benefits such as training, software upgrades, deployment planning, and product support. The Open Value program has 3 options: company-wide, non-company-wide and subscription; each designed to meet diverse business needs and applications.
    • Open Value is designed for companies that want to boost their up-front order or purchase amount in one-or-more product pools to take advantage of group s. These options use a system of product pools as well as product points to set up purchase minimums for discounted prices.
    • Open Business – Ideal for organizations looking to pay for Microsoft Software Licenses as they add resources. This program gives your company the flexibility to grow as your business licensing needs increase.

    Does Your Business Qualify?

    To qualify, the initial purchase is to be no less than five licenses (of any product combination); there are some exceptions whereby a single product qualifies (for instance SQL Core licenses and Visual Studio with an MSDN Subscription).

    Office 365 Through Open License

    If your business has met the initial eligibility requirements, the program will run for two consecutive years (further licenses can be added to this plan a-la-carte as desired). This offer does expire, albeit the licenses bought are perpetual and may be used repeatedly. Licenses include all commercially-available Microsoft software products; Check out the Microsoft Open License page and learn more!


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  • How to Use a Microsoft Office Product Key Card and Save Money

    If you plan on saving money on a copy of Microsoft Office, you should opt for the product key card version. Downloads are delivered electronically and save packaging and materials. This reduces the overall cost and price. Older disc copies of Microsoft Office included both the software and the license. Today, you can download via a product key card. This allows you to redeem your license key and install via the web. Prior to purchasing, make sure you identify which features and version you need. Using Microsoft Office key card is easy – by following these steps you can save time and money on your next purchase. Instead of buying a boxed copy of Microsoft Office, opt for the downloadable key card version at checkout.

    1. Opt for the Key Card Version

    To get a Microsoft Office key card, you’ll need to select the key card option prior to checkout. There are many different versions and editions of Microsoft Office, so be sure to get the one that you need. Microsoft Office versions only include particular applications depending on the version – some are more limited and essential, and some come with all applications. It’s not always best to buy a version that includes all applications unless you need them all. Full versions are more expensive than products with less applications. To figure out which version you need, read this blog post.

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    2. Buy Through Our Online Store

    Although we offer the lowest prices on Microsoft Office product key cards, if you happen find a lower price somewhere else, we’ll match it. That way, you can be sure that you found the best price on the web.

    3. Check Your Email

    After you purchase your copy of Office, you will receive a key via email. Be sure to check your spam folders in case it does not come right away, and register the key card soon after you receive it. If you ever need to view the key card, you will have a copy stored in your email. In some cases we can even send a replacement email if you no longer have it.

    4. Download the Software

    To set up your Microsoft Office software, go to Microsoft Office’s site to enter your product key card. There, you can directly download the actual software if you haven’t downloaded it somewhere else already. Again, check to make sure that you’ve selected the correct edition and version of Microsoft Office before you download it. If you happen to have an older version of Microsoft Office – or you’d like to save money on Microsoft Office by purchasing an older version – you can easily buy older versions and editions of Microsoft Office on our website.

    5. Use Your New Software

    Pat yourself on the back, because you just saved yourself good money without having to even insert a disc into your computer! For more information on Microsoft Office, or to speak to a licensing expert, call us direct at 1-877-292-7712.