When looking at Office , pricing is separated into two main groups: Office Personal Pricing Microsoft does have several Office plans for personal use: Keep in mind that all the products are available on Mac except for Publisher and Access Also, the prices are monthly if you pay for an entire year up front annually.
There is monthly billing but the prices will be higher. Nice and easy. Is Office worth getting for personal use? Not only does Google offer their products for free to individuals, they also have a reputation for being much easier to use than the Microsoft Office products. There are two situations where I would go with a personal Office plan: Office Business Pricing There are also business plans for Office The biggest difference between the personal and business plans is the business versions are built around users.
Now for something super confusing: What does that mean? Does anyone enforce this? Not really. Do lots of people buy personal versions and then work on their business anyway? Lots of us work from home and have side projects. Is this allowed on personal office plans? Honestly, I have no idea. This is a vestige of the old Microsoft Office days when work was clearly split between home and office environments.
Now that work has moved to the cloud and we can work from anywhere, all the lines have been blurred. Thankfully, this is a non-issue for the most part. We have an in-depth article that breaks down the difference between them here. The Office plans do have one major weakness though. Every time I go back to the Office business pricing, I think to myself: It makes no sense.
When sitting up an office suite for your company, you also want to set up your company email. G Suite pioneered this by bundling the Google Doc apps with Gmail. Giving a new person at your company an office suite and company email at the same time removes a ton of headaches. Unfortunately, only the lowest and most expensive Office business plans include company email. The middle plan does not. Does have company email. Another hurdle to watch out for: In other words, the only upgrade path is to go from Business Essentials to Business Premium which will more than double your monthly bill.
The only way around this is to manage email yourself, typically through your web host. Office does have some legitimate strengths of G Suite, mostly around the power of their apps. Excel runs circles around Google Sheets. But the lack of company email in the Office Business plan makes the purchase decision more complicated.
It practically forces companies into the Business Premium version from the beginning, doubling the price of the product. Is it still possible to buy Microsoft Office as a one-time purchase? Yes, Microsoft has two versions available without a subscription. Should I choose the one-time purchase option instead of Office ?
Getting an Office subscription will almost always be the better choice. The one-time purchase only gets you access to the current version of the Microsoft Office apps. Once you factor in these upgrades, the cost of a one-time purchase vs an annual fee is about the same. For individuals, the situation has a bit more nuance. When I was in college, I definitely stretched my Microsoft Office software past any normal upgrade cycle to keep my expenses down. What are you waiting for?
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