Office 365 vs Office 2013 Retail

TCO for Office 365 vs Retail


There are a number of options for Licensing Microsoft Office. We are going to outline the two most common ways available currently.

  1. Office 365

This is like “leasing” the software. You only pay for as many licenses as you require, and can Mix the licenses for different user levels. Also has the flexibility to increase or reduce license count as staff numbers change. There is no initial license cost. This option has built-in future proofing for later versions as they become available. Each user can install Office on a PC, laptop, tablet, and phone (up to 5 devices per user).


  1. Retail Purchase Office 2013

A straight out purchase from a retailer or reseller. A one-off initial cost that is significantly higher than leasing the software, but no on-going costs. However this option has no future proofing for later versions as they become available, and is only a single machine license.


Quick Comparison

 Features Office 365 Office Retail
 desktop applications included Yes Yes
 hosted email included YesNo 
 hosted Sharepoint included  YesNo  
 Skype for Business included  YesNo  
 Change license numbers easily Yes No  
 Install on multiple devices Yes No  
 Always latest version Yes No  
Purchase price0.00342.00
Monthly fee15.300.00
TCO 1 year183.60342.00
TCO 2 Years367.20342.00
TCO 3 Years *550.80684.00