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What’s the difference between Office 365 and Office 2019?

Many service users who are not familiar with Microsoft Office software often ask us what the differences are between Microsoft Office 365 and the traditional Microsoft Office Suite. It is important to know what distinguishes these software’s when making the decision of purchasing them – especially for a business or an organisation.

Office 365 is a subscription-based package that guarantees you always have the most up-to-date modern productivity tools from Microsoft. There are a range of Office 365 plans for home and personal use, as well as for small and mid-sized businesses, large enterprises, schools, and non-profits.

All Office 365 plans for home and personal include the robust Office desktop apps that you’re familiar with, like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. You also get extra online storage and cloud-connected features that let you collaborate on files in real time. With a subscription, you’ll always have the latest features, fixes, and security updates along with ongoing tech support at no extra cost. You can choose to pay for your subscription on a monthly or yearly basis, and the Office 365 Home plan lets you share your subscription with your family for up to 6 people, and use your apps on multiple PCs, Macs, tablets, and phones.

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 on the other hand acts as a one-time purchase, meaning that whilst you only pay a single, up-front cost to get Office apps, these are only valid for one computer. One-time purchases are offered for both PCs and Macs. Another disadvantage of this is that 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.

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