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Should I buy Office 365 or the standard one-time purchase of Microsoft Office?

Office 365 is the subscription version of Office. This normally means that you buy a licence for a year at a time, although you can choose to pay monthly. You automatically purchase the current version of Office when you first subscribe and then you can choose to upgrade to the latest version (or not) whenever it is released. Otherwise in practical terms it is no different from the standard one-time Office. So basically you can just think of it as an alternative way of paying for Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Access, or whichever applications you normally use.

Note that both 365 and one-time purchase are sold in various 'plans', which contain assorted combinations of the Office applications and allow use for different purposes. Essentially before you think about whether you want 365 or one-time, you need to decide which applications you want to be able to use (for example some plans do not include Access), and the purpose for which you want them (e.g. the student version is cheaper). Confusingly, the combinations available are not the same for 365 and one-time purchase, and neither is the naming!

Microsoft Office 2019 Home and Student For Windows PC Ideal for Students and families this package provides the essentials and favourite of Microsoft Office applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and OneNote. It is all you need to be an over achiever! With a new modern look, and time-saving features the 2019 Office Home & Student edition improves collaboration and with. Choosing Microsoft 365 and Office Student, Home or Business. Microsoft 365 & Office is available in two ways: a one-time purchase of a specific version, and as a subscription service. For the Student one-time purchase version, you will get Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The Home & Business version has those listed above, plus Outlook.

But if you are a standard, desktop user of Microsoft Office wanting to upgrade or purchase Office for a new P.C. then you can base your decision on the price you can find for 365 vs one-time in whichever plan you need and factor this against the expected life of your device, perhaps, as well as cash flow. Read on to make things more complicated if you want to.

Below is a summary table using actual prices and typical version requirements. Please see bottom of this page for a more detailed table.

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DescriptionApplications wantedCost for 4 years on Office 365Cost of one-time purchase Office (per PC)
Home use*, single userWord, Excel, Outlook£171.60£99.00
Home use*, multiple users (max 5)Word, Excel, Outlook£247.96£99.00
Home use*, single userWord, Excel, Outlook, Access£171.60£114.00
Home use*, multiple users (max 5)Word, Excel, Outlook, Access£247.96£114.00
Business use (max 300 users)Word, Excel, Outlook£383.04 per user£99.00
Business use (unlimited users)Word, Excel, Outlook, Access£552.96 per user£114.00
Student - with proofWord, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint£48.95£99.00
Student - with proofWord, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, Access£48.95£114.00

*Business use not permitted

All prices include VAT. Prices correct as at January 2017. The table above is simply a guide, using the best prices found from reputable suppliers.

Firstly, you could consider whether you need to buy Office at all. Did you know about Office Online, which is the free version of Office that you can use in your web browser? You can read more about it here. You can't use Access this way, and the versions are not the full versions, but they may be sufficient for you.

Another consideration might be the value you place on always having the most up-to-date release version of Office - e.g. Office 2016. For some people this is a real bonus of 365 since, if you always want to have the latest version, you would otherwise have to purchase Office all over again. Microsoft are keen to emphasise this advantage, but it isn't all good...

In the business world it is often not a good thing to have users upgrading to the latest version spontaneously. This is particularly true with users of Access where you will find that many systems do not work when shared across a pool of users with difference versions of Office - e.g. a mixture of Office 2013 and Office 2016. An automatic upgrade is also unwelcome if you are someone providing IT support as it is often helpful to be able to keep your own installation of Office at the same version as your clients'. Unfortunately Microsoft are very keen on you making the most of your subscription and upgrading your Office 365 as soon as possible, so they provide an annoying and unwanted bar across the top of every application which you have either to ignore or to close every time you open something if you don't want to upgrade. This can be particularly irritating when looking at something that would normally fit the height of your screen but is pushed off the bottom by the extra strip added at the top.

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If you do decide to purchase Office 365, do think about whether you want it to auto-renew or not. Naturally, Microsoft will encourage you to switch this option on so that they take the money automatically when your subscription is about to expire. Our own experience is that it is much cheaper to shop around and purchase a new Office 365 subscription from elsewhere. Note that there is no problem applying a fresh purchase of Office 365 to your existing subscription.

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There are more factors to consider, coming soon (watch this space by bookmarking this page!).

Meanwhile, in summary, if you are a small business then the likelihood is that your decision will come down to price and price alone. If you are a larger company then one-time purchase is perhaps more likely to be your route.

Detailed table showing a variety of typical version requirements

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DescriptionApplications wantedMicrosoft 365 nameOther applications providedNumber of users allowed per licenceNumber of devices allowed per userPriceDuration for this price (months)Cost for 4 yearsMicrosoft one-time nameOther applcations providedNumber of users allowed per licence**Number of devices allowed per userPrice (for PC version)Duration for this price
Home use*, single userWord, Excel, OutlookOffice 365 PersonalPowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, Access11 PC/Mac, 1 tablet, 1 phone£42.9012£171.60Office Home & Business 2016PowerPoint, OneNote11 PC/Mac£99.00Unlimited
Home use*, multiple usersWord, Excel, OutlookOffice 365 HomePowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, Access51 PC/Mac, 1 tablet, 1 phone£61.9912£247.96Office Home & Business 2016PowerPoint, OneNote11 PC/Mac£99.00Unlimited
Home use*, single userWord, Excel, Outlook, AccessOffice 365 PersonalPowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher11 PC/Mac, 1 tablet, 1 phone£42.9012£171.60Office Professional 2016PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher11 PC/Mac£114.00Unlimited
Home use*, multiple usersWord, Excel, Outlook, AccessOffice 365 HomePowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher51 PC/Mac, 1 tablet, 1 phone£61.9912£247.96Office Professional 2016PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher11 PC/Mac£114.00Unlimited
Business useWord, Excel, OutlookOffice 365 BusinessPowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher3005 PC/Macs, 5 tablets, 5 phones£7.98 per user1£383.04 per userOffice Home & Business 2016PowerPoint, OneNote11 PC/Mac£99.00Unlimited
Business useWord, Excel, Outlook, AccessOffice 365 ProPlusPowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, Skype for businessUnlimited5 PC/Macs, 5 tablets, 5 phones£11.52 per user1£552.96 per userOffice Professional 2016PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher11 PC/Mac£114.00Unlimited
Student - with proofWord, Excel, Outlook, PowerpointOffice 365 UniversityOneNote, Publisher, Access12 PC/Mac/tablets, 2 phones£48.9548£48.95Office Home & Business 2016OneNote11 PC/Mac£99.00Unlimited
Student - with proofWord, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, AccessOffice 365 UniversityOneNote, Publisher12 PC/Mac/tablets, 2 phones£48.9548£48.95Office Professional 2016OneNote, Publisher11 PC/Mac£114.00Unlimited

*Business use not permitted

**counting multiple users on the same PC/Mac as 1 user

All prices include VAT. Prices correct as at January 2017. The table above is simply a guide, using the best prices found from reputable suppliers.

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