A Traditional Software Product Office is a traditional software product. After paying the up-front fee, you get an Office license. This package does not include Outlook, Publisher, and Access. You can download and use Office for as long as you want. You own it. You can only install Office on a single PC or Mac at a time. Office Personal: Office Personal is the subscription plan designed for a single person who needs Office on a single computer.
Office gives you access to download and use the latest version of Office. You can either subscribe through your Microsoft account with a credit card or buy yearly Office codes and add them to your account to redeem subscription time. Microsoft also offers a one-month free trial of Office Personal , so you can try it before paying anything.
However, it also includes Outlook, Publisher, and Access. In addition, you get 1 TB of online storage space in OneDrive and 60 minutes of Skype minutes every month.
To see the other two versions, you have to scroll down to the Resources section and click the See Options link under Compare All Options.
Even at these steep prices, the license is limited to one user. However, you may be able to save money if you want just one or two of the Office apps. To find them, don't bother looking on Office. The individual programs are still limited to one user per license. Also, be aware that the paid apps are downloads only; you cannot currently buy them on disc.
However, if you need to reinstall the suite or one of its apps later on, you'll be able to retrieve the necessary files by logging into Office. How each version of Office is serviced Although payments define one difference between Office and Office , Microsoft's turn to a faster development and release pace is ultimately more important to users - and the IT professionals who support them.
Think of Office as traditional software made and sold in traditional ways. That holds for servicing, too. Microsoft provides monthly security updates for Office applications, usually on the second Tuesday of each month, and also fixes non-security bugs for the first five years of the SKU's lifecycle. But Office does not receive upgrades with new features and functionality. What you get when you buy the suite, feature-wise, is it. If you want to run a new edition, say, Office Microsoft has only said it will do another perpetual version, not that it will be so named , you will need to pay another up-front fee to run it.
Office , on the other hand, has a completely different servicing model. While the Office applications licensed to users through Office receive the same security patches and non-security fixes distributed to Office , they also acquire new features and functionality on a twice-a-year schedule. This support document explains the update channels of Office ProPlus, the application bundle included in Office As new features and functionality accrete, the applications evolve until, at some point, Microsoft says they are sufficiently different to warrant a new numerical moniker, such as Office or Office if the perpetual version goes on that long.
It will then package those versions into an upgraded suite for customers who continue to make one-time, up-front purchases. How Office hooks up with cloud services Neither Office or Office is truly cloud-based, but both are able to connect with Microsoft's cloud services and to a very limited extent, some third-party services.
Currently, both the applications awarded in a one-time purchase of Office and those installed as part of an Office subscription can connect with services such as Microsoft-hosted Exchange, OneDrive storage and Skype for Business.
However, in April Microsoft announced a major change in the rights of perpetual Office. Office 's applications - acquired through an up-front purchase of the suite - must be in their "Mainstream" support period, the first five years of the guaranteed lifecycle, to connect with Microsoft's cloud services.
For a while, Microsoft pegged the service cut-off for Office at October but within a few months it retreated and said that, like Office , the older suite would connect to Microsoft's cloud services until October The change clearly took aim at customers who mixed cloud services with traditional one-time payment software, because it effectively halved the time the latter could be used in those organizations.
Updated July 5, , 5: Office vs. Office is the the traditional Microsoft Office product, sold for a one-time, up-front fee. Office , on the other hand, is the new way Microsoft wants you to buy Office. Rather than paying a hefty up-front price, you pay a monthly or yearly fee and get access to the latest version of Office for as long as you pay the fee.