Office: should you buy it, rent it – or dump it?
For the past 30 years, there have been three certainties in life: you’ll pay taxes, you’ll die and you’ll use Microsoft Office.
This time has passed, however, and those of us who have been wedded to the world’s dominant productivity suite need to ask: is it time to file for divorce?
Even Microsoft doesn’t want things to carry on as before. It’s pushing the rental model of Office 365, which involves paying a set fee per month or year for the privilege of using the latest version of its desktop suite.
It throws in a number of sweeteners, too: free Skype calls, the ability to use the software on up to five devices, plus heaps of free online storage.
But is that enough? Here, we take a look at the alternatives. There’s the king of online collaboration, Google Drive; there’s Apple’s beautiful iWork suite, for both iOS and Mac; and there are open-source freeware packages such as LibreOffice. Of course, if you have an older version of Office, why not stick with that?
To find out what’s best for you – and for your business – read on.