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365 vs. Home & Student

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by patmac, Mar 26, 2015.

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  1. patmac

    patmac Thread Starter

    May 14, 2004
    Even after checking out MS's comparison page, I'm still having trouble seeing the differences and advantages of one over the other. It will be for a student in college. 365 is portable, but it appears Home and Student is also accessible away from home.
    Any help/input will be appreciated.
    Thanks for your time.
  2. CleaverX


    Sep 27, 2012
    Well it does not really matter in the end, just get the one that has the office applications that you need, then if you don't have one already, get a free account at outlook.com. and you will be able to use Word, Excel, One Note and PowerPoint online, and a good amount of storage with One Drive
  3. DaveA

    DaveA Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    Nov 16, 1999
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    One advantage would be is when Office 2016 gets released, Office 365 can be upgrade for no addition cost.
  4. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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    The big difference is that you buy Home & Student 2013(or whatever version) but for 365 its a subscription based service that requires renewal but also provides you with the latest version for the length of the subscription. You also get the ability to use 365 on more than one device, depending on what version 2 or 5 computers plus 1 mobile device for all versions.

    If this is a for a student in college or university have you looked at the discounts offered through the institution already?

    Microsoft also directly has a program for students with a discount as well: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store...246200?tduid=6c99084d8c057eec4c031629eb860409

    For a full comparison and whats included with each version see here: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store...ntent=TGzkzaXH&WT.source=google&WT.medium=cpc
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