Recently my parents asked me about buying a Microsoft Office 365 subscription as they were prompted to upgrade their Microsoft Office. Additionally, it seems that newer laptops now only come with a trial version of Microsoft Office, after which, the user will lose all editing functionalities and can only view documents.
Below is a table of my evaluation of the difference between a one-time purchase and an office 365 subscription.
|One-Time Purchase||Office 365 Subscription||Evaluation|
|Cost||Single one-time cost ($229 based on Microsoft website)||Monthly or yearly fee ($108 per year)|
|Office Apps||Standard office apps like Word, Powerpoint, Excel and Access and Publisher for more premium versions||Standard office apps like Word, Powerpoint, Excel and Access and Publisher for more premium versions||Same|
|Updates||Security updates||Security updates
|Use on >1 computer||Depending on the license purchased||Linked to 365 account so it is sign-in based||365 offers more flexibility|
|Mobile apps||Not linked to office mobile apps||Can be linked to office mobile apps||365 offers more flexibility|
|Online storage||OneDrive not included||1TB of OneDrive storage||365 more useful|
While it appears that Office365 may offer more value, I recommended my parents to do a one-time purchase for the following reasons.