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Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013, License Card, 1 User (PC)
- One time purchase for the life of your PC, transfer your license to a different user or a new PC as needed
- Create and organise faster with time-saving features
- Experience Office on Windows 8 and Windows 10 devices with improved user interface optimised for touch, pen and keyboard
- Use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook to simplify and share your information
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Office Home & Business 2013
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote plus Outlook on one PC.
Office Home & Business 2013 is designed to help you create and organise faster with time saving features and a clean, modern look. Plus, you can save your documents in the cloud on SkyDrive and access them when you are not at home.
What’s new in this release of Office?The 2013 versions of familiar Office applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint include new features that help you create, communicate and work efficiently from virtually anywhere. In addition to updating the traditional Office suites, Microsoft has developed brand new subscription versions of Office, specifically designed around the way customers use Office. Each new subscription offer will include the 2013 versions of the Office applications, for example Word, Excel and PowerPoint, plus cloud services such as Skype world minutes and online storage with SkyDrive.Subscribers will also receive future rights to version upgrades as well as per-use rights across multiple PCs or Macs and select mobile devices.1 Note: The Office applications you can use across PCs, Macs and other devices vary by platform. 1Visit www.office.com/information for a current list of devices. Internet connection required. Internet and mobile telephone usage charges may apply.
What is the difference between the Office 2013 suites and Office 365 plans?Microsoft Office is still the name Microsoft uses for its familiar productivity software. Office suites have traditionally included applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. All Office 2013 suites include the latest versions of the applications, for use on a single PC.Microsoft uses the name “Office 365” for products that include cloud services, such as additional SkyDrive online storage, Skype minutes for home use, Lync web conferencing or Exchange Online hosted email for businesses. Cloud services are features that are enabled over the Internet. Most Office 365 plans also include the full-featured Office 2013 applications, which users can install across multiple computers and devices. All Office 365 products, such as Office 365 Home Premium, are paid for on a subscription basis, annually. Active subscribers will receive future rights to version upgrades as a benefit of their subscription. Entitlements vary by product.
What it includes:
- Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook.
- Office on one PC for household use.
- One time purchase for the life of your PC; non-transferrable.
- 7 GB of online storage in SkyDrive.
- Free Office Web Apps1 for accessing, editing, and sharing documents.
- An improved user interface optimised for touch, pen, and keyboard.
How do I get my Office software?
Please note: This item does not contain a disc; it is a product key card that requires a download from office.com. See steps involved below:
- Once you have placed your order and received your product key card in the mail, locate your product key on the backside of the included card.
- When you locate the product key, follow the instructions on the card, and go to https://officesetup.getmicrosoftkey.com/ to download and install.
- Enter your 25-digital product key as prompted.
- Sign in or create a Microsoft account.
- Select your preferred country and language.
- From your "My Account" page with Microsoft, select the item that you want to install.
- Click the "Install" button to begin your download.
What's new with Office?
Complete Tasks Easily
- Experience Office on Windows 8 devices, with an improved user interface optimised for touch, pen, and keyboard.
- An improved look and feel reduces distractions for a better reading experience.
- The new Start screen gives you a selection of recent documents and templates.
- Get your emails, schedule, and tasks in Outlook.
- See your Outlook schedule, an appointment, or details about a contact without changing screens.
- Create presentations with widescreen themes in PowerPoint.
- Recommended Charts helps you visualise data in Excel.
Microsoft Office Applications
- Add pictures, videos, or online media with a simple drag and drop.
- Use OneNote to capture and share notes, pictures, web pages, voice memos, and more.
- Incorporate content from PDFs into Word documents.
- Flash Fill in Excel allows you to format and rearrange your data with tools that recognise patterns and auto complete data with no formulas or macros required.
- Computer and Processor: 1 GHz or faster x86 or 64-bit processor with SSE2 instruction set
- Memory: 1 GB RAM (32 Bit) /2 GB RAM (64 Bit) recommended for graphics features and certain advanced functionality2
- Hard Disk: 3.0 GB of available disk space
- Display: 1366 x 768 resolution
- Operating System: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 2008 R2 with .NET 3.5 or greater
- Graphics: Graphics hardware acceleration requires DirectX10 graphics card
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later, 32 bit browser only. IE7 or later required to receive broadcast presentations.
- Internet connection. Fees may apply.
- Microsoft and Skype accounts.
- A touch-enabled device is required to use any multi-touch functionality. However, all features and functionality are always available by using a keyboard, mouse, or other standard or accessible input device. New touch features are optimized for use with Windows 8.
- Information Right Management features require access to a Windows 2003 Server with SP1 or later running Windows Rights Management Services.
- Product functionality and graphics may vary based on your system configuration. Some features may require additional or advanced hardware or server connectivity.
See More: Office Frequently Asked Questions
Which version is right for you?
Office Home & Business 2013 has Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook, on one PC. But if you're still not sure which version is right for you, check out our comparison chart.
|Home & Student 2013||Home & Business 2013||Professional 2013||Office 365 Home Premium|
|Licences||1 PC||1 PC||1 PC||5 PCs or Macs plus select mobile devices1|
|Licenses Duration||One-time purchase for life of PC4||One-time purchase for life of PC4||One-time purchase for life of PC4||Annual subscription with access to version upgrades|
|SkyDrive +20 GB storage: Save documents online to your SkyDrive for access and sharing virtually anywhere3||7 GB||7 GB||7 GB||27 GB|
|Core Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint||X||X||X||X|
|Digital notebook: OneNote2||X||X||X||X|
|Email, calendars, and tasks: Outlook||X||X||X|
|Publishing & databases: Publisher2, Access2||X||X|
1. Windows 7, Windows 8 OS, Windows Phone 7.5, Mac OS X version 10.5.8 required. Visit www.office.com/mobile for applicable devices. Windows RT devices come preinstalled with Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview. Internet connection required. Internet and mobile telephone usage charges may apply.
2. Access and Publisher available on PC only. OneNote not available on Mac OS. Two GHz processor or faster and 1 GB RAM or more recommended for OneNote Audio Search. Close-talking microphone required. Audio Search not available in all languages.
3. Internet and/or carrier network connection required; charges may apply.
4. You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you, but not more than one time every 90 days (except due to hardware failure, in which case you may transfer sooner). If you transfer the software to another computer, that other computer becomes the "licenced computer."
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Top customer reviews
What you get is Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, & Outlook. Although when I say what you get, that isn't strictly true. What you actually get is a very small box containing a credit card sized piece of cardboard. This piece of cardboard has a number on it. That's all you get in the post - a piece of cardboard.
What you do then is sign in to, or create, a Microsoft account. Then you enter your product key. Only at that point do you get to download the software you have purchased. No disc, no manuals, no anything of any substance really. You can have a disc if you want but you have to buy it in addition to what you have already paid!!!!
You can download a 32 bit or a 64 bit version. I've got a 64 bit version of Windows 7 so thought the 64 bit version would do, but Microsoft issue dire warnings about using the 64bit version, so I went for 32!!!!!
I'd read a few reviews about this version of Office and most were unfavourable, so I was a little wary of installing it. I have Office 2007 on my system and I was surprised to discover that after installing Office 2013, all of my Office 2007 programs still functioned normally. Which was great because my Office 2007 suite contains Access and Publisher which are not included in this version of Office 2013.
I'm not a fan of change for change's sake and one of the things I notice about software is that every time I install an upgrade the layout changes (I guess to make me think I'm getting something new), but the functionality remains pretty much the same.
And that's exactly what seems to have happened here.
There's a complete re-design of the look of each window. Most of the colour has gone, it looks flat, it's difficult to locate icons because nothing stands out any more and there is no separation. I'm typing this in Word and because everything is white (document and ribbon) it's difficult to see where my document ends and the Ribbon stuff starts. The scroll bars are almost invisible and it all just blends together. All the other programs are just the same.
The appearance of this suite of programs is dreadful and I'm removing one star for that.
Then it took me a week to persuade Word to open up in a vaguely document shaped (portrait) format rather than the more useless letterboxy shape it seemed to prefer. Even now, a month later, it only gives me a narrow document so the first thing I have to do when I go into Word is resize the window. That's probably worth half a star.
This Office Suite seems to have been designed for use with Windows 8 on tablets and the like - though why anyone would want to use a word processor all day on a tablet I've no idea. This is a business suite used by companies in offices with proper PCs and proper keyboards. Designing for tablet functionality makes it less useful for the prime user base. I'm a writer, I need it to work on a PC at a desk with a proper keyboard.
There is also a pain in the neck page full of templates and other stuff every time you open Word, and Excel, and probably Powerpoint too. It's just really difficult to get to the stuff you want easily and efficiently. And if I want to open a file that isn't reasonably recent that's a several click process. My older version of word would remember where I last opened a file and take me back there when I wanted to open another. This version of word forgets so you have to start at the top and click down through all of your folders every single time. That's probably another half a star.
Word has also been turned into an e-Reader. I've got a Kindle App and an iBooks app on my iPad for that. I have no requirement for Word to do that. I write in word, and when I read it's generally proof reading for which I need editing facilities.
Apologies for focusing on Word, but it's the application that I use for several hours a day. I also make use of Excel and that just looks horrible but is pretty much the same as it was.
There are other little niggles and all in all the whole suite feels a bit buggy to me. Not enough to reduce its usability, just enough to be irritating.
Outlook works fine, but looks awful and there are some default setting changes that are just stupid - pale blue for the subject line - making it hard to read. Luckily if you want to waste several hours of your life on Google, you can find out how to change some of these defaults to make it look like it used to.
I much prefer Office 2007 in appearance and functionality, if you have that, or Office 2010, then it probably isn't worth the money for an upgrade.
I've had a bit of a moan because Microsoft go off and do what they want to do regardless of what its customers want and they deserve it.
That said I believe the Office Suite of programs to be the best out there. If you don't have Office then yes buy this. What it does is great and I've been an Office user since my first PC back in around 1997. I wouldn't use anything else. But this set of programs just looks dreadful and the wishy-washy appearance has actually taken away a lot of the pleasure for me when I use it.
For functionality alone it warrants 5 stars, but it's only going to get three because Microsoft have just lost touch with their user base with this implementation, and the new design is simply dreadful.
For home and work - all I've ever needed is Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook and this is what you get with this licence card (as well as OneNote). Glad to see that Microsoft backtracked on the original restrictions and now you can install this on your new computer when you upgrade. The package only comes with a code allowing you to download and install the Office suite and you can't be abroad when you do this.
So whats it like:
It seems a natural progression from Office 2010, more streamlined, windows 8 layout with everything looking like apps, lots of new templates, integration with facebook, linkedin, flickr etc.
Personally I hate the windows 8 layout as I find it much harder to locate stuff. Yes maybe its more geared towards the new generation of computer users who are growing up with tablets/iPads/smartphones as their first devices but for experienced users it can be annoying. I don't think its worth upgrading to Office 2013 for the casual user but if you are getting a new windows 8 computer and you want the standard Office suite then this is the way to go.
If you have been using Office for some time, then you will mainly find two areas of difference, which are the interface and the connectivity.
This is very Windows 8, which means minimalist design, lots of white, icons kept small, and a certain silky smoothness to the way the cursor progresses. Gone are the gaudy ribbons of earlier versions, and the cluttered, semi-3d tabs of the most recent one. It takes a bit of getting used to, but the whole thing seems much more unintrusive than in the past. Although the look is Windows 8, it seems substantially easier to find your way around than Windows 8 does, which is helpful. As with each reorganisation of the Office family, it will take you time to find things you were familiar with, and used a lot. It's good to see easy access to mail-merge appearing again, and a pane for references, which will help academic writers, but I'm at a loss to find the 'Design Mode' which enabled me to produce a design and then send it to someone else in a format where they could put text and pictures in the boxes I'd set up, but not interfere with the design itself.
This is by far the most connected version of Office I've seen. Without leaving Office you can access online data gathering and translation services (though not genuine translation, so be careful what you are putting your trust in!), introduce additional Office apps that enhance Excel and Outlook (mainly, though there are some for other components), instantly acquire new templates and pictures, share with other users, save on your SkyDrive, and do many other things. Microsoft is keen to emphasise the benefits of cloud working, even though some bits don't really offer much yet.
If you've not used Office before, or not for some time, then what you are essentially getting is a suite of the four kinds of things which most people do most often in relation to work:
* Writing, editing, manipulating documents (Word)
* Running a spreadsheet (Excel)
* Creating presentations (PowerPoint)
* Sending and receiving emails (Outlook)
You also get OneNote, which is perhaps most use if you are using this on a tablet device.
Office combines these four things into a slick, integrated interface which does its best -- and this is considerably better than in previous versions -- to offer you maximum flexibility with minimum clutter. Given that Microsoft has been adding every conceivable feature to this basic suite since the 1980s, it's quite a feat to get so much in and it still feel as clean and clear as it does. Some of the things are very whizzy. The latest PowerPoint transitions, for example, will entertain you for hours while you choose between crunching up the paper, turning it into an aeroplane, or (always best) simply having it appear and disappear as you go from slide to slide. Other parts, on the other hand, mainly in Excel, are very little different from what we were doing in the 1980s, though most of the clunkiness has now been removed from the interface.
Overall this is a welcome refresh to what was getting very cluttered and fussy indeed. Office has no realistic challengers as the world's leading business productivity suite, and it's nice to see that Microsoft has worked hard on making the standard better.
Your only real choice will be whether to take this version, the more expensive one which includes Publisher (meh) and Access (excellent), the cheaper one that doesn't include Outlook, and whether you want to buy outright as with this box, or pay the monthly subscription.