Personal Office software

Updated: February 24, 2019

2018. Microsoft removes device limits for consumer Office 365 subscribers



Microsoft will soon drop the device limit on its consumer-grade Office 365 subscriptions and increase the number of users allowed under a single Office 365 Home plan, the company announced today. Starting October 2, subscribers can install Office on an unlimited number of devices. Under current rules, Office 365 Home, which costs $100 per year, allows for installation of the suite's applications — Word, Outlook, Excel and the rest — on only 10 devices, or an allowance of two devices for each of the five users who can shelter under the umbrella of a single subscription. Meanwhile, Office 365 Personal — a $70 annual plan with rights for just one individual — capped the device count at two total.


2016. Zoho takes on Microsoft Office again


Zoho launched all-new re-imagined word processing app Zoho Writer that brings the idea of creating tools that flow with your style of work, instead of forcing their style on you. The new UI follows the life cycle of a document with the help of modes. Compose mode gives  you the most space to jot down your thoughts. Create and edit your documents with contextually placed tools that cut through the clutter. Review mode lets you work with others through real-time collaboration and editing tools. Distribute mode offers the tools needed to finalize and circulate your document. Other new features include Access Receipts, WordPress integration, e-Signature Support, Lock Selected Content.


2013. Teamlab launches free alternative to Google Docs and MS Office



Online service Teamlab is know not only for its collaboration and business management features, but also for cool online document editors that can be well compared to Google Docs, MS Office Web Apps or Zoho Docs. But until now these editors where available only for Teamlab paid users. Today TeamLab is launching a free productivity tool Teamlab Personal - an alternative to Google Drive, Skydrive and Zoho Docs. It's a cloud file storage with office editors. Teamlab says that it combines reach formatting features from MS Office with collaboration tools from Google Docs. The service allows to upload and edit Word, Excel, PowerPoint from your computer and even pull docs from other online services: Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Box (note that the last three services have their own document editors). You can share files with colleagues, co-edit and comment them in real time and embed documents to your web page.


2013. Box takes on Microsoft Office and OneNote with own online document editor



From the beginning of its history the online collaboration service Box tried to hit Microsoft. More specifically, Microsoft SharePoint. These days it looked like a funny PR pitch, but look: now Box is big and growing while Sharepoint is disappearing in Office 365. And now Box is launching its own online document editor Box Notes, and Microsoft should start to worry. For building this tool Box hired Steven Sinofsky (who ran Microsoft Office and Windows) and Sam Schillace, a key force behind Google Docs. Of course, MS office - is the standard for exchanging documents between organizations. When you send a document to your client or partner, you want to be sure that the document will open and look the same as you format it. That is why all organizations use MS Office, and it will be very difficult to push Microsoft from this position. But MS Office is not suitable for document collaboration within organization (for example, when you need to develop a plan with your collegues). It's correction tools are very complicated. And Microsoft's Office Web Apps, mimicking their desktop brothers - are also uncomfortable for collaboration. That's why, Google, Zoho, Teamlab and now Box are trying to take this niche away from Microsoft. And then, who knows, may be they will invent something with the document exchange standard. Box Notes just like it's analogs (Google Docs, Zoho Writer, Teamlab Office) doesn't provide even 10% of MS Word functionality. And at the presentation Box developers frankly admitted it. They even showed (as a proof) the screenshot of Word with all toolbars open: But Box Notes is perfectly suited for collaboration. It provides real-time co-editing (you see who is doing what), chat, over-text annotations and mobile version. And it's much easier than MS Word, so it will be easier to create new docs collaborate. Box Notes is inbuilt into Box's cloud storage so you can create, open and edit documents online.