Making a choice - Microsoft Office or Office 365?

Office or Office 365?

Phil Scattergood · 06 May 2019

Microsoft Office is a great product, and one that most of us have used at some stage. But with the coming of Office 365, there are now multiple ways to have Office on your computer. The best way to begin understanding those choices is to list them like this:

Office 365 is a subscription service – a “pay as you go” type situation.  It’s available month to month, year to year and can be cancelled at any time. The benefits? You are always upgraded to the most up-to-date version of Office and you can mix & match those licenses according to the needs of your staff 

If you have someone that just checks email once a day and never uses word or excel, Office 365 has a license to cover that at the price you would expect. Or perhaps you need the full kit and caboodle – there a license and a price for that and for every situation in between. There are Office 365 plans for home and personal use, as well as for small and mid-sized businesses, large enterprises, schools, and non-profits. 

Office 2019 is sold as a one-time purchase, which means you pay a single, up-front cost to get Office apps for one computer. One-time purchases are available for both PCs and Macs however, 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. Unfortunately, that means no license changes, what you pay for is what you get. 

When we as advisors look at what each business needs, we feel that Office 365 is a better fit for business, as you have the power to change things as you need to and this can quickly and easily result in IT cost savings for your business. 

At the end of the day, IT should serve business. Your business. Not the other way around. We’ll be talking about that in our posts, so read on, or contact us for more info 

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Phil Scattergood

Phil Scattergood

Hi, I’m Phil With almost 20 years in Tech Support, I’m passionate about helping people demystify technology. Technology in your terms is the way I like to think. I love what I do, who I do it with, and who I do it for. As an avid fan of motorcycling, kayaking, and traveling, I'm often on the move. But that doesn't stop me from getting the job done. I love the idea of cloud-computing, working from anywhere, and teaching others to do the same. I believe in old-fashioned customer service, which means being available, talking to people, taking the time to understand the issues that people have, and then helping them get it right. If you have questions about the technology that you are using, feel free to send them through. I don’t always have the answers, but I certainly can help you find them!

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