Help Me Choose: Productivity software

The new Office productivity software combines the latest Office applications with offerings like Skype world minutes and OneDrive online storage. In addition, Microsoft now offers subscription versions of Office for home and school, designed for the way you use Office today.

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

• 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 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.
Comparing Office suites against Office 365 Home Premium

Find the Office that's right for you.

Home &
Home &
Business 2016**
Office 365  Home**Office 365
Office 365 University  
For Households with Students sharing one PC. For households and home offices sharing one PC.Offices for families. Get installed applications on multiple devices, online storage, and more.Office for you. Get installed applications on multiple devices, online storage, and more. For eligible college students, faculty, and staff use in the US and Canada only
 Installs: PCs or MAC®Only PCOnly PC PCs or MAC®Only PC Only PC
Installs: Tablets - TabletTablet Tablet
Core Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint,
OneNote  Core Office applications
 Yes Yes Yes YesYes 
Email, calendars and tasks: Outlook
Emails, calendars & tasks
 Yes Yes YesYes 
Desktop publishing & databases: Publisher, Access*
Desktop publishing & databases
   Yes Yes Yes
Easy smartphone access: View and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on the fly*  TabletTablet Tablet 
Skype 60 minutes/month to phone in 60+ countries    Yes YesYes 
OneDriveOneDrive online storage : Save documents online for easy access and sharing virtually everywhere 
  1 Terabyte OneDrive
storage for up to 5 users
1 Terabyte OneDrive
storage for 1 user
1 Terabyte OneDrive
storage for 1 user
Easy subscription: Renewal requiredOne time purchaseOne time purchase 1 year 1 year4 year 
Automatic updates: Always have the latest Office
   YesYes  Yes
 With the latest Office, your favorite applications are even smarter.

word Word

Add pictures, videos, or online media to your Word documents with a simple drag and drop.
Show your style and professionalism with templates, plus save time. Browse Word templates in more than 40 categories.

excel Excel

Recommended Charts helps you visualize data quickly and effectively in Excel.
In Excel 2013 each workbook has its own window, making it easier to work on two workbooks at once. It also makes life easier when you’re working on two monitors.

powerpoint Power Point

Reply to comments right next to the area you're discussing, so it's easy to see who's commenting about what in PowerPoint.
No more eyeballing objects on your slides to see if they're lined up. Smart Guides automatically appear when your objects are close to even, and tell you when objects are spaced evenly.

outlook Outlook

See your Outlook schedule, an appointment, or details about a contact without changing screens.
The People Card collects all the key details about a contact in one place: phone, email, address, social media, and more. From the card, schedule a meeting, send an instant message, or call – a one-stop-shop for all communication.

onenote OneNote

OneNote lets you capture, organize, and share all types of information —photos, web pages, and media–in a digital notebook that can be accessed virtually anywhere.
Smoothly draw, erase, and edit with your finger, stylus, or mouse on any touch-capable device. If you need to share handwritten notes and care about legibility, OneNote can convert handwriting to text.

publisher Publisher

Publisher is the simple path to professional publications that make an impact.
Use Publisher to search your online albums on Facebook, Flickr and other services and add pictures directly to the document, without having to save them first.

access Access

Access lets you build a database fast to organize data, accessible anywhere online.
Never again get "lost in the data." A standardized app framework makes navigating apps familiar and easy.

onedrive OneDrive

With Office 365, you get an extra 1 Terabyte of online storage per user so you can access your photos and documents from anywhere, on most devices.

skype Skype

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