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Software lets you do more on your computer or laptop. Learn more about the different types of software available, what to consider when buying software, and how you can use it for home, work, and school.
Officeworks has a variety of software that you can download onto your device. Discover the software range below.
Microsoft Software (Office/Windows 10)
Microsoft is one of the biggest distributors of software, with everything from operating systems to devices, and separate applications like Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook. Microsoft software can be purchased in specialised packs for different types of users, including small businesses, students, casual users, sole traders, and creatives. This software is a great starting point for any device.Shop Now
Internet Security & Antivirus Software
Antivirus software is specifically designed to protect your devices from viruses, while internet security software provides more comprehensive protection against multiple threats including viruses, malware, spyware and phishing. It prevents and neutralises viruses and malware, protects your identity online and safeguards online transactions. Some internet security software automatically backs up your data to cloud storage, so you have a copy in case of an attack or accidental loss.Read our Security Software Buying Guide here.
You’re certainly not limited when it comes to expressing your creativity on a computer or laptop. Drawing, painting, graphic design, video, and photography software are available for any skill level from beginner to professional. Small business owners can use programs like Adobe Photoshop to create catalogues and banners for their website while school and university students can use the Adobe Creative Cloud with apps like Premiere Pro and Illustrator for art and design subjects.Shop Now
Accounting software is designed for businesses so they can keep track of payroll and manage their finances. They are also beneficial for freelancers and sole traders wanting to keep track of invoices in preparation for tax time. Some of the features of accounting software include payroll and invoice management, inventory management, cloud storage and GST calculation.Shop Now
Productivity software is designed to help streamline work and make tasks easier. Some productivity software specialises in ensuring your computer or laptop runs at maximum efficiency, while others are designed for making specific tasks easier like converting documents to PDF’s, drawing CAD designs and more.Shop Now
What are the benefits of installing software on your device?
WWhen you purchase a smartphone, laptop or computer, they don’t always come with pre-installed software. In order to get the most out of your device, or if you have specific software requirements, purchasing software separately allows you to control what lives on your device and can help reduce the amount of GB you are using as well as managing your cloud storage more efficiently.
How to buy software
You can purchase software as a hard copy disc or USB in store to install it directly onto your device. Retail stores provide software POSA (Point of Sale Activation) cards which contain a PIN (Personal Identification Number) to activate your software purchase. This functionality is also available with our online software downloads. You should also consider whether you will require a subscription or a One-Time/Outright purchase. Subscription software will provide you with the latest cloud-based application features and services that will receive ongoing updates from the Software Provider. One-Time Purchase software will provide you with applications that will not receive any further updates from the Software Provider.
What are the factors to consider when buying software?
There are a few things you need to make sure you check before purchasing software, for you to make the best choice for your needs. These include:
- Compatibility: Make sure the software you are looking to purchase is compatible with the device you are installing it on.
- Relevance: Computers and laptops sometimes come with pre-installed software, so there may be no need for additional purchases.
- Licenses: Software is often sold with a specific number of licenses meaning that there are limits for the number of devices it can be installed on or number of users.
- System Requirements: Different types of software have different system requirements. Make sure you check your device’s specifications before purchasing.
- Subscriptions: Some software requires annual subscriptions for continued use while others are a one-off purchase.