We earn a commission for products purchased through some links in this article. Do you really need to buy Microsoft Office? Could you save money by using free software instead? Pretty much all of us will have have used it at some point to create Word documents, Powerpoint presentations or Excel spreadsheets. If you're an Office user, before you next splash out to renew your subscription, it might be worth thinking about whether you really need Office at all. Here's what you need to know to work out whether or not you really need Microsoft Office. Related Story 4 ways to save on back-to-school tech What does Microsoft Office offer?
Don't see the application you need? Office also comes with services like 1TB of OneDrive storage, 60 Skype minutes per month, and Microsoft chat and phone support. With a subscription, you get the latest versions of the apps and automatically receive updates when they happen. Office is a one-time purchase that comes with classic apps like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for PC or Mac, and does not include any of the services that come with an Office subscription. Learn more about the differences between Office and Office in Office Support, or use the comparison chart to help you pick the right Office version for your needs.