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November News Letter - Microsoft Office: Get the facts
The Microsoft Office Suite is a collection of productivity programs used by over a billion people worldwide. It includes several applications including:

Work, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access and Publisher

Each Microsoft Office suite is different and includes different options for the total product. The current version of Office is 2013 offers 3 suites and below is a list of the office suites and what they include:
  • Office Home & Student: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. *This product is not licensed for business use. So if you run a business you cannot use this product.
  • Office Home & Business: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote
  • Office Professional: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook,Publisher and Access
The Microsoft Office programs are commonly found on computers and many people have assumed that it is included with Windows, free of charge. Since they assume it�s free, they inadvertently pirate it, often by downloading it off non-Microsoft sites online.

However, Office isn't free! The Office Suite is separate, and legally needs to be bought in addition to the Windows operating system. Another misconception of Microsoft Office is once you purchase it; you can install it on as may computers as you want. This is not true, when you do purchase an Office suite the licensing on the box will indicate how many PC�s it can be installed on (Typically only 1).

But, that said, you don�t always have to pay full price. Many universities, colleges, and other educational institutions offer the Office Suite to their students at a reduced price. Employers will also often subsidize productivity software, including Office, for employees who work remotely.

Microsoft has recently released the Surface 2, a tablet that runs Windows 8. To sweeten the deal, and really push the productivity aspect of their device, they have bundled it with the Home and Student version of Office RT. Now more than ever, people can take their work anywhere.

If you are unsure if your installation of Microsoft Office is a genuine licensed copy, or if you have any questions about installing or updating this powerful software, please give us a call. We�ll be happy to help.

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