Microsoft Office Desktop subscription version How Office is paid for Of the differences between Office and Office , purchase plans are among the most striking. Office , whether bought one copy at a time in retail or in lots of hundreds via volume licensing, has been dubbed a "one-time purchase" by Microsoft to spell out how it's paid for. Labels like "perpetual," which have been widely used by Computerworld, technically note the type of license rather than payment methodology, but in Office's case, the kind of license is tied to whether it was bought outright or simply "rented. That purchase, actually of a license to legally run the software, gives the buyer the right to use Office in perpetuity. In other words, the license has no expiration date, and users may run the suite as long as they want. Pay for Office this year and use it for the next seven years? Run it until ?
What is Office ? Office is the stand-alone, perpetual license version of Office. You make a one time purchase, and you get to keep on using it as long as you want—on one PC or Mac. That sounds okay. Why not avoid a subscription fee for Office and buy a perpetual license?
Well, there are a few reasons. Fair enough. Not trying real hard to sell us on the whole Office deal, are they? Take the Office Home subscription, for example. Six different users can install the full desktop version of Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, and so on on however many devices they want.
The only restriction is that each person can only use Office on one of their devices at a time—not a big deal. They also get access to the mobile and online apps. Each of those six users gets a full terabyte of OneDrive space all to themselves. But do the math. Office , on the other hand, gets updated regularly with new features.
Oh, and one other thing. Office will only run on Windows 10 and on whatever are the three most recent versions of macOS. Yes, the macOS requirement shifts for some reason. According to Microsoft: Office , on the other hand, currently works with Windows 7, 8, and 10, but also uses that three-version shifting scheme for macOS. How Does Office Compare to Office ? Office does offer some of the new features incorporated into Office since the release of Office This includes features like the following: Improved inking in all the Office apps A PowerPoint Morph transition that lets you create the appearance of movement between similar slides Some new chart types in Excel A Focus Mode in Word that hides onscreen window elements to help minimize distraction.
But still, subscribing to Office is probably the better bet.