1. How do I get the Office 2016 applications if I'm already an Office 365 subscriber?
As an Office 365 subscriber, you'll always have access to the latest Office features, services, and applications.On a Windows PC, if you have an older version of Office installed, your Office applications will be kept up to date automatically. If you’d like to verify you’re up to date, check your Office version number and manually update Office if necessary.
- 1. Open any Office application, like Word or Excel.
Note: If you don't see Update Now, click Enable Updates to turn on automatic updates. After that, click Update Options > Update Now. You can also visit wwwofficecom/myaccount to download and install Office 2016. Note you cannot have both Office 2013 and Office 2016 installed on the same PC at the same time.On a Mac, you can install Office 2016 for Mac by visiting wwwofficecom/myaccount
- 3. Under Product Information, click Update Options > Update Now.
2. What is the difference between Office 365 and Office 2016 suites?
Office 365 plans are subscription-based and include the complete suite of Office applications, plus other services that are enabled over the Internet, including extra OneDrive cloud storage and Skype minutes for home use. With Office 365 you get the full, installed Office experience on PCs, Macs, tablets (including Windows, iPad, and Android) and smartphones. Office 365 plans are available as annual subscriptions. With Office 365, upgrades are always included with your subscription.
Office 2016 suites, including Office Home & Student and Office Home & Business, are available as one-time purchase and include applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote; they are available as a one-time purchase for use on a single PC or Mac. There are separate versions for PC and for Mac:
Office Home & Student 2016 and Office Home & Business 2016 are made for use on a single PC.
Office Home & Student 2016 for Mac and Office Home & Business 2016 for Mac are made for use on a single Mac.
The applications are not automatically updated; to get the latest version, you must purchase Office again when the new version becomes available.
4. On how many devices can I install Office?
Office 365 Personal: 1 PC or Mac + 1 tablet + 1 smartphone
Office 365 Home: 5 PCs or Macs + 5 tablets + 5 smartphones
Office Home & Student 2016, Office Home & Business 2016, Office Professional 2016: 1 PC
Office Home & Student 2016 for Mac, Office Home & Business 2016 for Mac: 1 Mac
5. Is Internet access required for Office?
Internet access is required to install and activate Office 2016; however, you do not need to be connected to the Internet to use the Office applications, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, because they are fully installed on your computer.
For Office 365 subscriptions, Internet access is required to manage your subscription account, for example to install Office on other devices or to change billing options. Internet access is also required to access documents stored on OneDrive. You should also connect to the Internet regularly to keep your version of Office up to date and get automatic upgrades. If you do not connect to the Internet at least every 39 days, your applications will go into reduced functionality mode, which means that you can view or print your documents, but you won’t be able to edit documents or create new ones. To reactivate your Office applications, simply reconnect to the Internet.
6. Can people with an earlier version of Office open documents I created using Office 365 or Office 2016?
Yes. People who use Office 2007, Office 2010, Office 2013, Office 2016, or Office 365 can open documents created using the latest release of Office applications without any additional action. People using earlier versions of Office may need to download and install a compatibility pack.
7. Do I keep control of my documents with an Office 365 subscription?
Yes. Documents that you have created belong fully to you. You can choose to store them online on OneDrive or locally on your PC or Mac.
8. What happens when my Office 365 subscription ends? How can I continue to work with my documents?
If you cancel your subscription or choose to let your subscription expire, the Office software applications enter read-only mode, which means that you can view or print documents, but you can’t create new documents or edit existing documents.
9. I bought a computer that came with 1 year of Office 365. How do I activate it?
Activate your Office 365 subscription by following these steps:
- 1. On the Start Screen, click the Office tile and select "Activate".
- 2. Sign in with your Microsoft account.
- 3. Follow the onscreen instructions to install Office.
12. Will Office be identical on a PC, a Mac, and a mobile device?
No. Office applications are tailored to work best on each platform and device, and application availability and features vary by platform and device. For more information, visit wwwofficecom/information.