Most of the Office 365 plans for business, schools, and non-profits include the fully installed desktop apps, but Microsoft also offers basic plans with the online versions of Office, file storage, and email. You decide what works best for you: Small business, Enterprise, School, or Non-profit.
Office 2019 is sold as a one-time purchase, which means you pay a single, up-front cost to get Office apps for one computer. One-time purchases are available for both PCs and Macs. However, there are no upgrade options which means if you plan to upgrade to the next major release, you’ll have to buy it at full price.
Office Online is a free version of Office that you can use in a web browser. All you need is to sign up for a Microsoft Account with a new or existing email address.
Compare Office 365 subscription with Office 2019 (one-time purchase)
(Example: Office Home & Student 2019)
|Office 365 subscription
(Example: Office 365 Home*)
|Cost||Pay a single, one-time cost||Pay a small monthly fee, or save by paying for a full year|
|Office applications||Get Office apps like Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.||Get the latest version of Office apps like Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. You’ll always get the latest features, new tools, security updates, and bug fixes. PC users also get Access and Publisher.|
|Feature updates||Security updates are included, but you won’t get any new features. Upgrades to major releases aren’t included.||Your version of Office will always be improving. You’ll get all the latest features and updates, as well as security updates and bug fixes.|
|Install Office on more than one computer (Mac or PC)||One-time purchases can be installed once on either a PC or Mac.||With Office 365 Home, you can install Office 365 on all your devices and sign in to five at the same time―that means you can use Office no matter where you are or what device you’re on. This includes PCs, Macs, tablets, and phones. You can also share you subscription with up to five other people.|
|Advanced features on tablets and phones||Install the mobile apps for free and get basic editing features on tablets or phones under 10.1″||Install the mobile apps for free and get extra features when you sign in to Office apps on your device.|
|Extra online storage||Not included.||Securely store your files in the cloud and access them from anywhere. Get 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage per user, for up to 6 users including yourself. (Office 365 Home).|
|Technical support is included||Initial technical support is included for installing only.||Contact us throughout your subscription at no extra cost for help with technical issues, or for subscription and billing support.|
* This Office 365 subscription is for home or personal use only.