Microsoft has just recently announced Office 365 suite which is also known as Office 2013 or Office 15. Recently that Redmond company has also pushed out its Consumer Preview edition for public download. But however, as per what we can see in download page, Office 2013 is available and compatible only for Windows 7 and the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. It means XP users are left in the dark. Mac users can still be happy as Microsoft has managed to release its Mac version when the final public version has been released.
According to a press conference held by Microsoft at San Fran venue, the Office 2013 for PC is available in several editions: Home Premium, Small Business, ProPlus, and Enterprise Preview. But still doesn’t clear enough regarding the information of what editions are available when it reaches final release.
For those who are wondering, Office 365 Home Premium is a perfect stripped-down build for individual or families who want a full-featured version of Office and a personalized experience on up to 5 household PCs. This Office 15 Suite includes Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Access and Publisher.
For those businesses owners with up to 10 employees, Office 365 Small Business Premium will be a perfect solution. This version allows full access to a featured version of Office and documents from any Internet-connected PC. Added “Lync” app inside the build.
While for large organization, community or bigger company, Office 365 ProPlus will be capable to handle all your office works in a breeze and securely. Basically this build has similar components as the Small Business Premium but with added enterprise-grade security.
Office 365 Enterprise is the highest build of Office Suite 15 for workstation offering enterprise-level benefits of services provided by SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync. In order to download, install and give it a try, a user needs a Windows Live account. The best part. when users are away from PC, they can still stream a full-featured version of Office on any Internet-connected PC (Windows 7 or later required) with Office on Demand feature.
General System Requirements
- 1 Ghz or greater x86/x64 Processor with SSE2 instruction set
- 1 GB RAM (32 Bit) / 2 GB RAM (64 Bit)
- At least 3.5 GB free disk space
- Windows 7 or newer, either 32-bit or 64-bit; Windows 2008R2 or newer with .Net 3.5 or greater.
- A decent Graphics hardware is recommended
Before downloading and trying this Preview build, please do understand that it will expire 60 days after the next version of Office becomes available. Download Office 365 Preview builds from this link (official).