Help Me Choose: Productivity software

The new Office productivity software combines the latest full installed Office applications with offerings like monthly Skype minutes and OneDrive online storage. In addition, Microsoft offers subscription versions of Office through Office, which gives you the freedom to get work done virtually anytime, anywhere, on any device even if you’re not online. Office 365 includes all Office applications, cloud storage for up to 5 users (1TB each), and it’s always up to date so you are never stuck with outdated applications.

When you’re deciding which version of Office to buy, consider how many computers or mobile devices you’d like to use the applications on and which applications you need.

Multiple devices and all Office applications

  • With Office 365 Personal, you can install on 1 PC or Mac, 1 tablet and 1 smartphone
  • If your home has multiple devices and you want all the applications, choose the Office 365 Home subscription, which can be shared across 5 PCs, Macs, 5 tablets and 5 smartphones. That way you can switch between devices and pick up right where you left off. It now Includes all new Office 2016 for Mac applications!

1 PC and essential Office applications

  • If you want the latest versions of the essential Office applications for one PC, choose Office Home and Student 2016
  • If you want the latest versions of the essential Office applications for one PC, including Outlook to keep your home and work life organized, choose Office Home and Business 2016

Note:
Office Home and Student 2016 is for noncommercial use only. Office Home and Business 2016 is ideal for commercial use.

Multiple devices and all Office applications
If your home has multiple devices and you want all the applications, choose the Office 365 subscription, which can be shared across 5 PCs, Macs and mobile devices. That way you can switch between devices and pick up right where you left off.

1 PC and essential Office applications
If you want the latest version of the essential Office applications for one PC, choose Office Home and Student 2016*. If you want the latest version of the essential Office with Outlook, choose Office Home and Business 2016.

Word

  • Add pictures, videos, or online media
  • Save time by browsing more than 40 Word templates


Excel

  • Visualize data quickly and effectively


PowerPoint

  • Reply to comments next to the area you're discussing
  • Smart Guides indicate when objects are spaced evenly


Outlook

  • See appointment schedules or contact details without changing screens
  • The People Card keeps key details about a contact in one place and lets you schedule a meeting, call or send an instant message


OneNote

  • Capture, organize and share photos, web pages and media–in a digital notebook that can be accessed virtually anywhere
  • Draw, erase and edit with your finger, stylus or mouse on any touch-capable device
  • OneNote converts handwritten notes to text for greater legibility


Publisher

  • Search online albums on Facebook, Flickr and other services and add pictures directly to the document


Access

  • Organize data that’s accessible anywhere online
  • A standardized app framework makes navigating apps familiar and easy


OneDrive

  • Make use of an extra 1 Terabyte of online storage per user
  • Access your photos and documents from anywhere, on most devices


Skype

  • With Office 365, get 60 Skype world minutes per month to call phones in over 60 countries

 


Pick the right
Office for you.
 Office 
Office Home & Student 2016Office Home & Business 2016 Professional 2016
Office 365 Home
For household with students sharing one PC For households and home offices sharing one PC For home office sharing one PC and for business office sharing one PCOffice for families.
Get installed applications on multiple devices, online storage, and more
Licenses1 PC1 PC 1 PC1 PC
Core Office applications:
Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
YesYes YesYes 
Digital notebook:
OneNote*
YesYes YesYes
Email, calendars and tasks:
Outlook
-YesYesYes
Publishing and databases:
Publisher*, Access*.
--YesYes
Office on multiple devices:
Install Office on up to 5 PCs or Macs and
on select mobile devices when available*
--- Yes
Personalized experience:

Always have your applications, settings
and documents accessible when you need them.
---Yes
Office on Demand:

Stream full-featured Office applications* to
any internet-connected PC with Office on Demand*
---Yes
OneDrive® + 1TB storage:
Save documents online to your OneDrive for
easy access and sharing virtually anywhere.*
---Yes
Easy annual subscription:
Includes ongoing access to version upgrades,
multiple device installs and access to multiple languages.
-- -Yes