Help Me Choose: Microsoft Software

Operating system
The Windows operating system (OS) is the most important software on your PC because your PC must have an OS to run other programs. In addition to the core features of Windows 7, Windows 8 offers exciting new features like extensive cloud services, Windows Store and touch support.

Productivity software
The new Office productivity software combines the latest Office applications with offerings like Skype world minutes and SkyDrive online storage. What’s more, Microsoft now offers subscription versions of Office for home and school, designed for the way you use Office today.

To learn more about Microsoft operating systems and productivity software, use the tabs below.
Choose ...If you ...Features*
Windows 8 Plan to use a touch-enabled device
  • Windows UI designed for touch input
Want to take advantage of the wide range of new Windows apps designed for Windows 8
  • Windows Store (wireless connectivity is required to access the Store)
Want real time updates to the information you care about
  • Live Tiles
Want assurance that you always have the latest version of your Windows app
  • Windows Store always has the latest software available (wireless connectivity is required to access the Store)
Want secure boot up
  • Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) BIOS that intercepts and notifies you of threats early in the boot process
Want to use cloud services to the fullestWindows Store — purchased apps are available on multiple devices
Windows Store — pick up where you left off in a game or app; from anywhere you can access your app (wireless connectivity is required to access the store)
SkyDrive — Windows 8 apps are more easily integrated with SkyDrive® (internet connection required)
New Windows 8.1 FeaturesWant more personalization optionsSet the lock screen to your favorite photo, or turn the lock screen display into a slide show of your pictures. Pin tiles to your Start screen for the people, sites, and apps that matter to you, and arrange them the way you want.
Would like Improved Apps

Apps that you love have been redesigned with better features :

 •  Photos app allows user to open pictures from other apps – Mail, SkyDrive, Camera
 •  Camera App allows you to record video and take a picture at the same time. Also there is new Panorama functionality
 •  xBox Music and Video app has been completely redesigned to simplify user experience
 •  Mail app has a new print function in the app bar, gives notifications while in other apps

Like to Skype

Nothing beats Skype when you want to catch up with your best friend, see your kids when you’re on the road, or reconnect with far-away family.

The Windows 7 OS is designed to be reliable and responsive, making it easy for you to do the things you want to do.
Choose ...If you ... Features*
Windows 7 ProfessionalWant all the features in Windows 7 Home Premium, and:
— Need Windows 7 Professional today but may want to use Windows 8 Pro in the future
— Want to enable your Downgrade Rights* as defined in the Windows 8 EULA**. What is it: This offering*** is a License of Windows 8 Pro, with the installation of Windows 7 Professional. This does not have a license of Windows 7 Professional.
 
 
  • Are a small or medium organization looking to work from anywhere 
  • Location-aware printing
  • Mobility center with
  • presentation settings
  • Remote desktop host 
 
  • Are concerned about safeguarding your organization
  • File system encryption
  • Advanced backup 
Windows 7 Ultimate Want all the features in Windows 7 Professional, and: 
 
  • Need to manage multiple languages and operating systems
  • Multilingual user interface (MUI) pack
  • Subsystem for UNIX® 
 
  • Would like to encrypt data on your PC and portable storage devices to help protect against loss
  • BitLocker® and BitLocker To Go™ (TPM required)
 
  • Have remote users who need seamless access to corporate networks without connecting to a virtual private network (VPN)
  • DirectAccess*
 
  • Want to decrease the time branch office users spend waiting to download files across the network
  • BranchCache®*
 
  • Prefer to centrally manage what software is allowed to run on users' PCs
  • AppLocker®*

* Downgrade Rights enable a customer who purchases a Windows® 8 Pro license to utilize a different operating system in the place of the licensed OS. Specifically at Dell, we are enabling Windows 7 Professional in the place of Windows® 8 Pro. The PC licensed for Windows® 8 Pro may only have 1 Operating System installed at a time, so the customer may utilize a Windows® 8 Pro Operating System or Windows® 7 Professional. With this offering we are installing Windows® 7 Professional in place of Windows 8, but providing the license to Windows 8 Pro in the BIOS so that when the customer chooses to upgrade to Windows® 8, the customer will have a licensed and activated Operating System installed on the PC.

** The EULA is the End User License Agreement. This is an agreement between the PC Owner and Microsoft that enables the PC Owner’s right to use either Windows® 7 Professional or Windows 8 Pro. For reference this document can be accessed from the following link: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/legal/IntellectualProperty/UseTerms/Default.aspx (In English) (Instructions: Choose Pre-Installed on your computer from the computer manufacturer, Product Name: Windows, Version: 8 Pro, Language: your choice)

*** To enable downgrade to Windows® 7 on this system the BIOS settings on this system were changed to boot into legacy BIOS mode. If the BIOS setting is not changed to native UEFI mode boot prior to installing, Windows 8 Pro [update] Product or Windows® 8 Pro will install; however, the following Windows® 8 Pro [update] Product, Windows 8 Pro functionalities will not work as they rely on a native UEFI mode boot:

  • Secure Boot
  • Seamless Boot experience
  • Network unlock for Bitlocker for systems with a Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
  • eDrive support
When you’re deciding which version of the new Office to buy, consider how many computers or mobile devices you’d like to use the applications on and which applications you need.

5 devices and all Office applications
  • If your home has multiple devices and you want all the applications, choose the Office 365 Home Premium subscription, which can be shared across 5 PCs, Macs and mobile devices. That way you can switch between devices and pick up right where you left off

1 PC and essential Office applications
.
  • If you want the latest versions of the essential Office applications for one PC, choose Office Home and Student 2013
  • If you want the latest versions of the essential Office applications for one PC, including Outlook to keep your home and work life organized, choose Office Home and Business 2013
  • If you want the latest versions of the essential Office applications for one PC, including Outlook for email and Publisher to create marketing materials, choose Office Professional 2013

Note:
Office Home and Student 2013 is for noncommercial use only. Office Home and Business 2013 and Office Professional 2013 are ideal for commercial use.

What’s included

  • Updated applications — Word, Excel®, PowerPoint®, Outlook®, Publisher Access® and OneNote* (included applications vary by suite).
  • Personalized settings and documents are available every time you sign in.
  • New support for touch and stylus* in addition to keyboard and mouse on touch-enabled devices.
  • 7GB of SkyDrive storage, enabling you to save to SkyDrive automatically, and easily access and share documents from almost anywhere.*
Comparing Office suites against Office 365 Home Premium

Pick the right Office for you.  

Office

 

Home & Student 2013

Home & Business 2013

Professional 2013

Office 365 Home Premium

Licenses

1 PC

1 PC

1 PC

5 PCs or Macs
plus select mobile
devices
*

 

Core Office applications:
Word, Excel®, PowerPoint®.
Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Digital notebook:
OneNote®*.
Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Email, calendars, and tasks:
Outlook®.
 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Publishing and databases:
Publisher,* Access®*.
  

Yes

Yes

Office on multiple devices:
Install Office on up to 5 PCs or Macs and on select mobile devices when available*.
   

Yes

Personalized experience:
Always have your applications, settings and documents accessible when you need them.
   

Yes

Office on Demand:
Stream full-featured Office applications* to any internet-connected PC with Office on Demand*.
   

Yes

Skype world minutes:
Find new ways to stay in touch with 60 minutes of Skype™ calls each month to phones in 40+ countries*.
   

Yes

SkyDrive® + 20GB storage:
Save documents online to your SkyDrive for easy access and sharing virtually anywhere*.
   

Yes

Easy annual subscription:
Includes ongoing access to version upgrades, multiple device installs and access to multiple languages.
   

Yes