What is Office 365?
Office 365 is software as a service. Rather than buying software to keep, simply select from one of the five plans we have available and you pay a monthly or annual subscription. Simply put, you are renting the Microsoft Office Suite and can cancel the service at any time.
Yes, you can purchase Office 2016, however it can only be installed on one computer, whereas Office 365 can be used on up to 5 devices including PCs, Macs, Android tablets, Android phones, iPad, and iPhone.
ONE TIME FEE
Office Home & Student 2016 - $149.99
Office Home & Student for Mac 2016 - $149.99
Office Home & Business - $229.99
Office Home & Business for Mac - $229.99
Office Professional 2016 - $399.99
Office 365 Plans
ONE TIME FEE
O365 Business Essentials - $6.50 per month
O365 Business Premium - $14.50 per month
O365 Enterprise E1 - $8.50 per month
O365 Enterprise E3 - $19.50 per month
O365 Enterprise E5 - $35.50 per month
The other great thing about Office 365 is that your monthly subscription includes email with a 50GB mailbox and with E3 and E5 plans, they include unlimited inbox storage. And, when Microsoft release a new version of Office, you will be notified and given the option to update your software to the latest version. That means that you get FREE updates for all of the Office Suite applications.
With Office 365 subscription plans you get Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access (Publisher and Access are available on PC only). You also get services like 1TB of online storage with OneDrive and 60 Skype minutes per month, per user for home use.
In addition, you have access to the apps listed below for online collaboration.
Login to your account and click on Office 365 (top left). This is where you will find the option to install Office apps on your computer.
Be sure to uncheck:
Make Bing your search engine
Make MSN your browser homepage
Unless you want these settings changed.
Click on Install now
The download/installation time depends on the speed of your Internet connection. In our case, it took less than 10 minutes.
You will see the progress of the installation:
And finally, a notification when the installation is complete:
To locate these programs on your PC select Start – All Apps:
And that’s it – you now have the latest versions of Microsoft apps on your PC.
What is OneDrive?
OneDrive is similar to Google Drive. Basically it’s an online storage service that you can use to store documents, notes, photos, music, videos, or other types of files. You can also access your files from almost any device and share and collaborate with others. And you get a whopping 1TB of storage.
OneDrive files can be accessed offline by installing the OneDrive desktop app. The app creates a folder on your PC that automatically syncs documents between OneDrive and your computer, so you can work on your documents offline and be assured that they are always in sync.
Each active Office 365 subscription is entitled to 60 Skype minutes/month, per user; this allowance resets each month. Have a chat with anyone with a landline in over 60 countries/regions or call mobile phones in 8 countries/regions, including the United States and Canada.
Adding Office 365 to an iPhone or IPad
Install any Word, Excel, PowerPoint or OneNote app via the Apple App Store and open any of these apps, sign in with your Office 365 account credentials. Once you have done this, you will see all of the apps available with your subscription.
Sign in to an Office app such as Word:
Once you’ve done this, you will see a notification that you have access to Office 365 apps:
In our case, based on the Business Premium plan, we now have access to the apps listed below on an iPhone:
And these additional services:
Why we recommend Office 365
The great thing about Office 365 is that in my case, I had old versions of Office on my PC (2007!) and now I have 2016 which I’m pretty stoked about – and I don’t have to update my software when new versions are released, because my Office 365 subscription does it all for me. No install discs and adding registration keys. It really is easy.
Win a free Office 365 account!
We have 5 x 1 year Business Premium plans to give away. To enter, simply share this post via social media (social sharing icons are below) and be sure to tag us. We will announce the winners on our blog on December 7th.