How to Choose Between Buying and Subscribing for Office 365

Trying to decide between buying or subscribing to Office? We’re here to help.

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Hi. I’m Doug from Office. I want to give you a quick overview of what is Office 2016, Office 365, and Office Online.

Office 2016 is like the discs we use to get and put on our one computer at home.

Now, we don’t do discs anymore, we do downloads, but the principle is the same: one download per Mac or PC.

You’ll get security updates, but no new features or tools.

So the Office 2016 suite you have will same features over the months and years.

Office 365 is our subscription service built around how we use computers now: you can use Office on multiple devices and get the latest updates.

Here’s how it works: for a low monthly or yearly cost, you get the latest version of Office–which is Office 2016 for Macs and PCs–

but you also get updates that include anything from small tweaks to brand new features.

Just in last few months, there’s been new Excel functions, new templates, new drawing tools, and PowerPoint Designer.

Office 365 works in what we call a “mobile first, cloud first” world.

That is you can start on your tablet, edit it the document on your smartphone, and finish up on your Mac or PC.

It works that way because we can store files in the cloud, and access them anywhere.

You get an extra terabyte of storage on OneDrive with your subscription.

That’s a lot of storage: about 300,000 images or a million documents.

And you can store any type of file.

Mobile apps for you tablets and smartphones are free, but you get more robust features with your subscription.

You can buy a personal subscription or with an Office Home subscription, up to 5 people all get the same benefits: everyone gets the latest version of Office; everyone can use multiple devices; everyone gets a terabyte of storage; and everyone gets tech support via phone or chat at no extra charge.

If you’re looking for something free, there’s Office Online. Free versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote that anyone can use.

Just sign-in at to create, share, and collaborate on documents.

Now, the Office Online apps are lightweight versions, you don’t get all the bells and whistles, but they’re always up-to-date: a sharp, clean look at

So three versions of Office: which will you choose?

Try it:

What do I get when I buy Office 2016?

  • One download of Office, for one Mac or one PC
  • Security updates, but no new features or tools
  • Basic editing features only on a tablet or phone
  • No extra online storage
  • Initial tech support for installing only
  • Pay a single, one-time cost

    NOTE: No upgrade option is available for a one-time purchase so if you’d like to upgrade to the next major release, you’ll have to buy it at full price.

What do I get when I subscribe to Office 365?

  • The latest version of Office on multiple devices
  • Security updates
  • New features
  • Edit documents from anywhere, on almost any device
  • More robust features for mobile apps
  • 1 terabyte of OneDrive cloud storage per user
  • Ongoing tech support
  • Pay a low monthly or yearly cost
  • Up to 5 people get the latest version of Office on a combination of PCs or Macs, Office apps on multiple devices, a terabyte of storage, and tech support via phone or chat at no extra charge

    NOTE: This is only available with an Office 365 Home subscription.

What do I get with Office Online?

  • Free, online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote that anyone can use in a web browser
  • Create, share, and collaborate on documents from

  • Up-to-date Office apps from

 Buy your office 365 online here