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10 Benefits of Subscribing to Office 365

By Peter Weverka

Office 365 is the name of Microsoft’s online services division. Currently, a subscription to the Home edition of Office 365 costs $99.99 per year or $9.99 per month. (Microsoft also offers a Business edition and University edition.)

What do you get for subscribing to Office 365? An Office 365 subscription entitles you to the following ten benefits.

Office software for tablets

Subscribers to Office 365 have the opportunity to install Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on five iPads and/or Windows tablet computers. A family of five, each member with an iPad, can install Office software for the purpose of word processing (Word), crunching numbers (Excel), and showing slides (PowerPoint).

Office software for desktop computers

Subscribers to Office 365 can also install Office desktop software on five Windows computers and/or Macintosh computers. In a home with five bedrooms and a desktop computer in each bedroom, everyone in the home can work on Office software at the same time.

Office software for the iPhone

Microsoft makes Office software for use on the iPhone. As a subscriber to Office 365, you can install Office for the iPhone versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on your iPhone.

Automatic updates to Office software

Microsoft updates the Office software on iPads, iPhones, tablet computers, Mac computers, and Windows computers automatically. As long as your Office 365 subscription is paid up, the updates are made behind the scenes automatically.

OneDrive for storing files

Office 365 subscribers have the opportunity to store files on OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud service. “Cloud” is the name for servers on the Internet where individuals can store files. Rather than keep files on your iPad or desktop computer, you can keep them on the Internet so that you can open them wherever your travels take you.

Unlimited storage on OneDrive

Office 365 subscribers are invited to store an unlimited amount of files on OneDrive. That’s right — you can store as many videos, documents, photos, and graphics on OneDrive as you want.

Skype for online video chats

Skype is a video software with which people can chat online with other people who have Skype. Subscribers to Office 365 can also use Skype to make free calls, up to 60 minutes each month, to landline telephones.

Office Online

Office Online is the name for the online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook. To use an Office Online program, you open it in a browser and give commands through the browser window. Office Online software is useful for coediting and sharing files. Office 365 subscribers can use Office Online software for free.

Emailing with Outlook.com

Everyone who subscribes to Office 365 is given an email address at Outlook.com for sending and receiving email messages.

Calendar service

Office 365 subscribers can make use of the calendar service for scheduling appointments and tasks.