Microsoft Office Subscription vs Purchase

There are many questions regarding the difference between Office suites such as Office 2016 and Office 365 plans. Here are the basic differences:

With Office 365 subscription plans you get the fully installed Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access (Publisher and Access are available on PC only). You can install Office 365 across multiple devices, including PCs, Macs, AndroidTM tablets, Android phones, iPad®, and iPhone®. In addition, with Office 365 you get services like online storage with OneDrive, Skype minutes for home use, and advanced Outlook.com security. When you have an active Office 365 subscription, you always have the most up-to-date version of the Office applications. 


Office as a one-time purchase includes applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for use on a single PC or Mac. The applications are not automatically updated; to get the latest version, you must purchase Office again when the new version becomes available. Current Office application versions available for one-time purchase are Office 2016 for Windows and Mac. Office as a one-time purchase does not include any of the services included in Office 365.

Basically if you just need Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook with their most commonly used features then maybe Office Suite will be a good solution. However, if you need to run on the latest version of Office at all times and want to take advantage of all included services such as OneDrive and latest and more advanced features and security, Office 365 would be a better fit.


 

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December 16, 2017

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