Help Me Choose: Microsoft Office

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Office applications, cloud storage for up to 5 users (1TB each), and it’s always up to date so you are never stuck with outdated applications.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.

Pick the right Office for you.                                      
       Office Home & Student 2016Office Home & Business 2016Professional 2016 Office 365 PersonalOffice 365 Home
For households 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 PCFor one user.
Get installed applications on one device, online storage, and more
Office for families.
Get installed applications on multiple devices, online storage, and more
Licenses1 PC1 PC 1 PC1 PCUp to 5 PC 
Core Office applications:
Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
YesYes YesYes
Digital notebook:
YesYes YesYes
Email, calendars and tasks:
- Yes Yes
Publishing and databases:
Publisher*, Access*.
-- Yes
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
Office 365 is a best-in-class productivity solution that allows your employees to work how they want with trusted applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook on all their favorite devices (Windows, iOS and Android).

Install full Office applications
Always have the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access and capture your ideas however you work best--using a keyboard, pen, or touchscreen.


Word processing application—create polished documents with Word. Do more with your Word docs: pop in an online video, open a PDF and edit the content, and align pictures and diagrams with minimal fuss.

Excel Excel

Spreadsheet and charting application—sort and analyze your data with Excel. Flash Fill learns and recognizes your pattern and auto-completes the remaining data for you. Excel recommend chart and pivot tables that best illustrate your data's patterns.

PowerPoint Powerpoint

Presentation application—build and present your story with PowerPoint. New alignment, color-matching, and other design tools help you create stunning presentations. No more eyeballing pictures, shapes, and more on your slides to see if they're lined up with Smart Guides. Improved Presenter View features let you control the presentation.

Outlook Outlook

Email, calendar, people and tasks application—work smarter with tools that help you communicate, manage your schedule, and find what you need—simply and fast. The People Card collects all the key details about a contact in one place: phone, email, address, company info, social media updates, even whether they're available. From the card, you can schedule a meeting, send an instant message, or give them a call, making it a one-stop-shop for all communication.

onenote OneNote

Digital note-taking application—all your notes, on all your devices, always up to date. Type, handwrite, or sketch your notes. Clip links and webpages, insert photos and videos, embed tables, and attach files. Your notes are saved, searchable, and synced to OneNote apps on your other devices. For Mac users, OneNote is available as a separate download from the Mac App Store.

Publisher Publisher

Page layout application—easily create great looking publications in very little time. Start with an assortment of templates or prebuilt building blocks of content. Choose from newsletters, brochures, postcards, brochures, calendars and more. Work with pictures more easily to add that eye-popping touch to your publications. Publisher is available for PC only.


Database application—easily build a database app in Access and then use and share your app on the web. Access is available for PC only.