Microsoft offers a variety of Microsoft 365 plans tailored for businesses, schools, and non-profit organizations. These plans typically include the option to install fully featured desktop apps, but there are also basic plans available that provide online versions of Microsoft 365, along with file storage and email. You have the flexibility to choose the plan that best suits your needs, whether you are a small business, enterprise, school, or non-profit organization.
On the other hand, Office 2021 is offered as a one-time purchase. This means you pay a single upfront cost to obtain the Microsoft 365 apps for a single computer. One-time purchases are available for both PCs and Macs. However, it’s important to note that there are no upgrade options included with the one-time purchase. If you plan to upgrade to the next major release, you will need to purchase it at the full price.
If you prefer a web-based experience, Microsoft 365 for the Web is available as a free version. It allows you to access Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more through a web browser. All you need to do is sign up for a Microsoft account using either a new or existing email address, and you can utilize these applications for free on the web.
One-time purchase (Example: Office Home & Business 2021)
Microsoft 365 subscription
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Microsoft 365 applications
Get Microsoft 365 apps like Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
Get the fully installed and latest versions of Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook, and OneNote for Windows or Mac. You’ll always get the latest features, new tools, security updates, and bug fixes. (PC users also get Access and Publisher.)
Security updates are included, but you won’t get any new features. Upgrades to major releases aren’t included.
Your apps will always be improving. You’ll get all the latest features and updates, as well as security updates and bug fixes.
Install Microsoft 365 on more than one computer (Mac or PC)
One-time purchases can be installed once on either a PC or Mac.
You can install Microsoft 365 Family or Personal, on all your devices and sign in to five at the same time―that means you can use the Microsoft 365 apps no matter where you are or what device you’re on. This includes PCs, Macs, tablets, and phones. With Microsoft 365 Family you can also share your subscription with up to five other people.
Advanced features on tablets and phones
Install the mobile apps for free and get basic editing features on tablets or phones under 10.1 inches.
Install the mobile apps for free and get extra features when you sign in to Microsoft 365 apps on your device.
Extra online storage
Securely store your files in the cloud and access them from anywhere. Get 1 TB of cloud storage. With Microsoft 365 Family you get 1 TB per user, and anyone you’re sharing with will also get their own 1 TB of cloud storage.
Technical support is included
Initial technical support is included for installing only.
Contact us throughout your subscription at no extra cost for help with technical issues, or for subscription and billing support.