Should I buy Office 365 Home Premium or Office Home & Student 2013


This post will give you inputs  on choosing the version of MS Office from  a Value for Money point of view.

 Microsoft released the new iteration of its highly successful Office Suite to general Public last week.  The trend of embracing Cloud adopted by Microsoft is visible in this product line also.

What’s the best flavour from a Value for Money point of view for a Home user?  Read on….

I’ll make the following assumption for the rest of the post.

1) Average time frame for which a normal Home user uses a particular version of Office suite is assumed min 5 Years

2) Word and Excel will suffice for a normal Home user. Outlook will always be a Bonus for him.

Now the pricing offered for these two variants is as follows

a) Office 365 Home Premium –    Rs 4199/- (approximately $ 77)

b) Office Home & Student 2013 – Rs 5499/- (approximately $ 101)

Variant (a) looks like reasonable. But its subscription based. The price mentioned is the yearly fee you pay for using the following Products – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook + few others. You can have the Suite installed in 5 Desktops (PCs / Macs).

Whereas variant (b) is a onetime payment you pay for using the product for the life time. But limited to only ONE desktop. And you are limited to Word, Excel, PowerPoint & OneNote.

Let us look at two scenarios based on the number of installation with in the family

Scenario 1 – Only one Desktop/Laptop

 

Office Home & Student 2013

Office 365 Home Premium

Cost for using the Product for 5 Years

Rs. 5499/-

Rs. 20, 995/- (Rs. 4199 x 5 )

Products available

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook + others

For only one installation in a house hold, it’s cost-effective to go with Office Home & Student variant.

Even if you want Outlook also for your mail chores, a one-time Payment of Rs 6,749 + Rs 5499 for Office Home & Student will still be cost-effective compared to Office 365 Home Premium in the long run.

Scenario 2 – More than one Desktop/Laptop

Let’s use two tables to get a clear picture.

Cost Per Year for the number of Installations

Variant

Cost Per Unit

No of   Installations

 

 

2

3

4

5

 

 

Cost

Office   Home & Student 2013

 4,199.00

    4,199.00

 4,199.00

  4,199.00

 4,199.00

Office   365 Home Premium

         5,499.00

 10,998.00

 16,497.00

 21,996.00

 27,495.00

Savings   for choosing Office 365 Home Premium

 

    6,799.00

 12,298.00

 17,797.00

 23,296.00

What you end up paying at the end of 5th Year?

 

No of   Installations

 

Variants / Combinations

2

3

4

5

Comments

 

Cost at the end of 5 Years

 

Office   365 Home Premium

 20,995.00

 20,995.00

 20,995.00

 20,995.00

Cost remains the same irrespective of Installations

Office   Home & Student 2013

 10,998.00

 16,497.00

 21,996.00

 27,495.00

 

Office   Home & Student 2013 + Outlook

 17,743.00

 23,242.00

 28,741.00

 34,240.00

 

 Office 365 Home premium is cost-effective only if you have 4 to 5 installation in the long run. Other wise, Office Home & Student is the best option.

For choice of other products than what’s covered in Home & Student Variant , it’s better to go with Office 365 Home Premium for 3 and above installations.

 Hope this post will help you in choosing the appropriate variant of MS Office for your needs.

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