Confused about the differences between Office products, and which one is right for you? Here's a quick overview to help you sort it all out.
Office 2016 is the latest version of the product you're probably most familiar with: the suite of productivity apps (like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) that you buy once and install on your PC. Used an older version Office before? See what's new and improved in Office 2016.
Office 2016 doesn't have an upgrade option, so if you plan to upgrade to the next major release of Office, you'll have to buy it at full price.
Office 365 is a subscription service that always gives you access to the most recent version of Office (currently Office 2016). A subscription also gives you additional benefits, like extra online storage and ongoing tech support. Plus, you get updates and new features as they're released.
When the next version of Office is released, your Office 365 subscription lets you upgrade at no additional cost. See what's new and improved in Office 2016 for Office 365.
Still not sure which version to get? Compare Office plans and pricing.
Article ID: 27910 - Last Review: Apr 11, 2017 - Revision: 19