Microsoft created Office in a wide range of versions to fit many different needs. Each version is built to address the main needs for a user-class, whether home, business or academic. But with so many versions you may wonder which version is best for you. With that in mind, here is a guide to assist in your choice between Office versions.
Office 2019 Home and Student is the traditional Microsoft Office product, sold for a one-time, up-front fee. You pay once and install on a single PC or Mac and use for as long as you like. There’s no expiration date.
Office 365 is a subscription service, you pay a monthly or yearly fee and get access to the latest version of Office for as long as you pay the fee. You also get additional One Drive cloud storage and access to the Office apps for tablets. You can choose a subscription that allows you to install Office on up to five different computers, sharing it with your family, or just get Office for yourself.
All versions of Microsoft Office have the staple applications, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.
Microsoft Office Online is a completely free, web-based version of Microsoft Office. Office Online is part of your Microsoft Account (One Drive).
Office Online includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote
Word On-Line - Sign in required with your Microsoft Account
Apache Open Office - Apache OpenOffice is another free-of-cost substitute for Microsoft Word that runs on multiple operating systems. Also named Writer, OpenOffice's word processor has long been a favorite of those looking to view, edit or create DOC files without the presence of Word.
Libre Office- The LibreOffice suite offers a free alternative that also supports Word document formats. Writer, part of the open source package available for Linux, Mac and Windows users, provides an easy-to-use word processor interface that allows you to view, edit or create new files from over a dozen formats including DOC, DOCX, and ODT.
Google Docs is a full-featured word processor which is compatible with Microsoft Word file formats and can be used free of charge with a Google account. Docs is completely browser-based on desktop platforms and accessible through native apps on Android and iOS devices. Integrated with Google Drive, Docs allows for seamless document collaboration with multiple users and provides the ability to access your files from virtually anywhere.
- This page last updated on 20 Jan 2019