4 Major Differences between Office 2021 & Microsoft 365

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Are you having a hard time deciding between Office 2021 and Microsoft 365? Well, it all comes down to what you really need to achieve or to do with the tools. Both Office 2021 and Microsoft 365 essentially offer the fully installed versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint for Windows or Mac and the license for commercial use.

Other than that, there are differences between the products which would help you decide which Microsoft product suits you the best. Some of the key differences are:

     1. Applications & Services

Office 2021 provides Classic 2021 versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. In addition to these Office applications, Microsoft 365 includes Teams, OneDrive, SharePoint, Access, Publisher and more (Publisher and Access available on PC only), depending on the type of license purchased. Each of these useful applications helps businesses to manage their operations, improve team collaboration and help in seamless information sharing across PCs, Mac, tablets, and mobile devices.

For companies with various departments or teams, using Microsoft 365 helps businesses to segregate team members into different groupings, therefore, they can communicate, access or share files and information among the team members. 

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    2. Device per License

One of the main differences between Office 2021 and Microsoft 365 is how many devices users can install their licenses on. For Office 2021, users can only install each of the licenses purchased on 1 PC or Mac while Microsoft 365 allows users to install up to 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets, and 5 mobile devices per license purchased. This conveniently allows users to sync files and information in real-time between different devices, smartphones to laptops, or vice versa, whenever they are connected to the Internet.


    3. Pricings

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Office 2021 is priced at a one-time fee of per license for one computer, without the option to upgrade to the next major release. Let's say there is a newer version of Office in the next two years or so, users will have no choice but to buy it at full price.

On the other hand, Microsoft 365 is a subscription in which users get to access the latest versions of the apps and automatically receive updates when they happen. Users get to choose to subscribe for the Microsoft 365 license they need, whether to pay monthly or annually, and the price starts from RM15.60 per user per month. Read more about the available Microsoft 365 for business license types here.


    4. Support Service

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Office 2021 includes support for the first 60 days at no extra cost, excluding the new feature updates, while Microsoft 365 users, get to enjoy the latest features and updates, security updates and bug fixes, 60 Skype minutes per month as well as around the clock phone and online support, included in the subscription.  

Microsoft 365 subscription for business use has different plans for small and mid-sized businesses​ as well as for large enterprises depending on the business requirements. Users can access the premium Office apps and useful services that come with it with an affordable subscription fee while having the flexibility to upgrade to better plans as of when their needs change over time.

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By Editorial Team at 26 Oct 2021, 12:33 PM