I am buying a new laptop and need to use Outlook. ML Gomes Microsoft usually brings out new versions of Office to match new versions of Windows, and Windows 8 is no exception. The new Office is designed to work with Windows 8, and both have a similar modern styling that puts the emphasis on your content rather than Microsoft's software.
Also, both are designed to work with cloud online services, particularly Microsoft's SkyDrive. However, other things have changed now that Microsoft is not a software company but a cloud-based "devices and services company".
As chief executive Steve Ballmer said last year, this "impacts how we run the company, how we develop new experiences, and how we take products to market for both consumers and businesses. Under the new system, you buy a Product Key, which is 25 alphanumeric characters long.
Entering the code online enables you to download your copy of Office, or activate a free trial version pre-installed on your new PC. Free Office web apps The good news is that under the new system, most home users don't need to pay anything for Microsoft Office: Sign up for an email address at Outlook.
Log on, click SkyDrive, and you can create and edit files in the four main Office programs: Office files are now saved to SkyDrive by default, but you can download them to a local PC, or to multiple devices, or share them with other people. The Office web apps do not have all the features of the full Office programs, but unless you're running a business, they have enough features for most purposes. They are better than Google's offerings, and — probably more important — they don't mangle complex Office files.
This provides the four core programs — Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote — for non-commercial use, but not Outlook, which is a business program.
You don't need Outlook for email because you can use Outlook. Office service All of these versions will last forever. However, Microsoft would much rather you didn't buy them, but rented its Office service. It will therefore offer you a free trial of Office , which comes in different versions for home users one to five devices , small businesses one to 10 employees , mid-sized businesses employees and enterprises.
Steve Ballmer unveils the latest version of Microsoft Office in It is compatible with Internet Explorer 9 and 10, and uses DirectX 10 for fast graphics. Office Home Premium provides all the programs in Microsoft Office Professional , but has a few other advantages as well. First, you can use it on five separate devices, so you can register it on a desktop, a couple of laptops, a tablet and even a Mac except for OneNote.
Second, it includes an extra 20GB of SkyDrive storage. Third, if you are away from your PC, you can use Office on Demand, which "streams" the program online, without installing it. Fourth, all the Office files are automatically kept up to date, so you never have to buy another copy of Office.
Office also includes 60 minutes of Skype calls each month to phones in more than 40 countries, as well as unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls. Microsoft now owns Skype. This is good for one user on two PCs, so you can use the same disc to install Office on your desktop and your laptop.
Avoid the keycard versions, which are only good for one user on one PC. Office is not much different from Office , except for SkyDrive integration and changes to cater for touch screens, such as spacing out icons.
You can still use SkyDrive and Outlook. Incidentally, don't pay too much attention to online hostility to Office , which has tended to be misguided if not deranged. Office came in for a lot of stick when Microsoft said it was locked to a single PC. This mightily offended people who hadn't been offended by the same problem on PKC versions of Office , because they could buy it on DVD. Either way, Microsoft capitulated and the new rule says: If you transfer the software to another computer, that other computer becomes the "licensed computer.
Any time you transfer the software to a new computer, you must remove the software from the prior computer and you may not retain any copies. This article contains affiliate links, which means we may earn a small commission if a reader clicks through and makes a purchase. All our journalism is independent and is in no way influenced by any advertiser or commercial initiative. By clicking on an affiliate link, you accept that third-party cookies will be set.
I certainly see your point about the Apple ecosystem, but Windows devices have been playing nicely with iOS devices for a long time. iCloud is available on Windows, as is iTunes with Apple Music. You're not going to miss anything but your iPad apps, but there are plenty of desktop-class alternatives.