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Microsoft Office Home and Business Software

The Microsoft Office productivity suite is for home and office use. It is available for Windows PCs and Macs. Its applications may be able to be downloaded and installed on your computer or accessed via the internet.

What applications are part of Microsoft Office?\t

Microsoft Office includes Microsoft Word (word processing), Microsoft Excel (spreadsheet), Microsoft PowerPoint (presentation), Microsoft Outlook (email and calendar), Microsoft Access (database), Microsoft Publisher (desktop publishing), and other applications. Some of the applications, such as Microsoft Access, are not available for Macs, and the packaging differs slightly from Windows PC versions. Also, keep in mind that not all applications are accessible via the web.

Other Microsoft Office applications include Microsoft Exchange (email and calendar server), Microsoft SharePoint (workgroup and information management services), Microsoft Visio (business graphics), and Microsoft Project (project planning and management). Other products include Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Sway, and Skype for business. Office 365 products include Microsoft OneDrive (cloud storage).

What are the purchasing options?\t

You can select one of the Office 365 products, which entitles you to regular upgrades to the most recent version of the software and allows you to download and install the software on your computer and access the products from the internet. This is a subscription service that has options to pay either monthly or annually. You can also purchase Office in the traditional way as a one-time purchase. This option doesn’t include regular upgrades but does include security and other updates.

Microsoft Office can be installed on one or more computers depending on the specific license you purchase. Many versions of the Microsoft Office Suite include licensing for more than one computer. Check the license for the product you wish to purchase to determine installation restrictions.

What versions are available?\t

The Office 365 options include the following:

  • Office 365 Home
  • Office 365 Personal
  • Office 365 Business
  • Office 365 Business Premium
  • Office 365 Business Essentials (internet-only version)

The nonsubscription products include these packages:

  • Office Home and Student 2016
  • Office Home and Business 2016
  • Office Professional 2016
Is Microsoft Office 365 compatible with older versions of Office?

Office 365 applications can import files created with older versions of Microsoft Office, but documents created with Microsoft Office 365 products may not be usable in older versions of the software. In some cases, formatting may be lost if importing documents from versions of the Microsoft Office Suite before Office 2010.

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