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February 6, 2014 by

Just to make things confusing, Microsoft renamed the online versions of Word and Excel; they are now known as Office Online. Anyone who has followed Microsoft over the years knows that they have a real love for name changes, and the name changes don’t always make sense to the consumer.


They only just recently changed the name of their online storage from Skydrive to OneDrive, and history tells us that they aren’t finished rebranding.


Microsoft Office Live was the first online edition, which later branched into two parts – Office Live Workspace, and Office Live Small Business. Office Live Workspace became Skydrive (now OneDrive) and the Office Web Apps, and Office Live Small Business, a paid version, became Office 365.


For an example of the strange name scheme, the XBox One is the third edition to the XBox family. Many people refer to the first XBox as the Xbox One, which makes it difficult to have a conversation about the XBoxes without first agreeing on the proper name to collectively refer to each edition.


Even Microsoft’s operating system names are all over the place. They began with a simple numbering system (1,2,3.1) that developed into a year-based name (95, 98, 2000), which eventually turned into random letters (ME, XP) before using random words (Vista), and then fell back into a numbering system (7, 8). Confusing!


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October 15, 2013 by

Microsoft Office 365 is the newest version of the popular MS Office packages, launched in June of 2011. It was produced to allow multiple people access to shared MS Office applications and documents from wherever they are in the world, via internet access.


Many people are still comfortably using older versions. Should you subscribe to MS Office 365? That depends on how much you rely on Microsoft Office now, what you use it for, and how often you use it.


If you are only a light user, creating documents and presentations for yourself with no need to share them with others during the editing process, you may not have a need to purchase a subscription. If you rely heavily upon the MS Office Suite, have multiple people using and contributing to the same documents, and employ remote workers, it may be a good idea to purchase a subscription.


This will allow you and your staff or colleagues to work together from everyone’s separate locations, without having to send the documents back and forth as email attachments. Anyone with the credentials can log in and contribute.


Microsoft Office 365 is available by subscription and is cloud-based, offering you all the tools you need to create documents and presentations, share information, and collaborate on projects with your team or office. A good feature of the online aspect is that updates are applied frequently so you are always using the best version, and if you decide you don’t like it, you can simply cancel your subscription.

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