Office , whether bought one copy at a time in retail or in lots of hundreds via volume licensing, has been dubbed a "one-time purchase" by Microsoft to spell out how it's paid for. Labels like "perpetual," which have been widely used by Computerworld, technically note the type of license rather than payment methodology, but in Office's case, the kind of license is tied to whether it was bought outright or simply "rented.
That purchase, actually of a license to legally run the software, gives the buyer the right to use Office in perpetuity. In other words, the license has no expiration date, and users may run the suite as long as they want. Pay for Office this year and use it for the next seven years? Run it until ? Nothing to stop you. Office , the purchase method Microsoft pushes most aggressively, is a subscription service, so payments are made monthly or annually.
In some rare instances, annual payments may produce savings in exchange for a commitment: All enterprise plans - from Enterprise E1 to E5, as well as ProPlus - do not offer a monthly option but require an annual commitment. Like any subscription, Office provides a service - in this case, the right to run the suite's applications and access the associated services - only as long as payments continue.
Stop paying, and rights to run the apps and services expire. Actually, they don't immediately stop working; everything will continue to operate normally for 30 days past the previous payment's due date. A license for Office , then, is contingent on sustained payments. Halt the latter and the license is revoked.
Restarting the payments restores the license. Office plans range from one for individual consumers Office Personal and small businesses Office Business to educational institutions Office Education E5 and corporations Office Enterprise E3. Office is also part of Microsoft , an even more expensive subscription. The latter comes with labels resembling those of Office , including Microsoft Business and Microsoft Enterprise E3.
How each version of Office is serviced Although payments define one difference between Office and Office , Microsoft's turn to a faster development and release pace is ultimately more important to users - and the IT professionals who support them.
Think of Office as traditional software made and sold in traditional ways. That holds for servicing, too. Microsoft provides monthly security updates for Office applications, usually on the second Tuesday of each month, and also fixes non-security bugs for the first five years of the SKU's lifecycle. But Office does not receive upgrades with new features and functionality. What you get when you buy the suite, feature-wise, is it. If you want to run a new edition, say, Office Microsoft has only said it will do another perpetual version, not that it will be so named , you will need to pay another up-front fee to run it.
Office , on the other hand, has a completely different servicing model. While the Office applications licensed to users through Office receive the same security patches and non-security fixes distributed to Office , they also acquire new features and functionality on a twice-a-year schedule.
Why not avoid a subscription fee for Office and buy a perpetual license? Well, there are a few reasons. Fair enough. Not trying real hard to sell us on the whole Office deal, are they? Take the Office Home subscription, for example. Six different users can install the full desktop version of Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, and so on on however many devices they want.
The only restriction is that each person can only use Office on one of their devices at a time—not a big deal. They also get access to the mobile and online apps. Each of those six users gets a full terabyte of OneDrive space all to themselves. But do the math. Office , on the other hand, gets updated regularly with new features. Oh, and one other thing.
January 25, For many most? Office is a non-subscription based version of Office ProPlus from October yes, that is next month. If you have Office Pro Plus, you already have Office Microsoft emphatically claims that Office is the very last version of MS Office that consumers or companies will be able to buy as a standalone product. From now on, there will be Office Pro Plus and nothing else. Office licenses are locked to a single PC. They are tied to the hardware like old school OEM product.