Office 365 v Office 2021

Updated October 2021

Purchasing a new version of Microsoft  today in AUSTRALIA  is different from the past because you now have many choices and it’s quite a minefield to negotiate. (click here for prices in other countries)

If you are looking for Microsoft Office for Business Versions – click here

Microsoft Office – Which is the latest version?

The latest version(s) of Microsoft Office now comes in 2 purchase options:

  1. subscription (annual subscription)
  2. Office 2021 (one-time purchase)

Office 2021 is the current version of Microsoft Office, succeeding Office 2019, Office 2016 and Office . It was released to general availability for Windows 10 and for macOS on September 24, 2018.

What is the difference between Office 2021 and Office 365?

In very simple terms.

  • Office 2021 is an outright purchase for 1 or and costs from A$169 per computer and is for customers who aren’t ready for the cloud, Office 2019 is on-premises version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Project, Visio, Access, and Publisher and lasts 3 to 5 years. There are 3 versions, Home & Student, Home & Business , Professional
  • Office 365 is a monthly or annual subscription and costs as little as *A$22 per computer per year and can be installed on up to 5 computers ( or Mac)
*based on purchasing Office 365 Home – A$109/year inc GST and installing on 5 computers

How much does Office 365 cost?

Click here for a comparison table of prices and features

Can you buy Microsoft Office outright?

Yes, Office 2021. The outright purchase model is the traditional way of buying previous versions of Microsoft Office (20192016, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2007, 2003 etc). This is an expensive way of purchasing Office as it is superseded every 3 years and receives no security updates after 5 years. We recommend the 365 subscription model.

There are three versions of Office 2021 you can :

Purchase the latest versions of Microsoft Office by clicking on the links below

And forget about discounted upgrade prices, there are NO UPGRADES available from , 2007, 2008, 2011 or earlier.

If you wish to purchase Office or Office 365, you will need to pay outright for Office 2021 or per month or year for Office 365.

Quick Facts

  • Office 2021 and Office 365 have superseded Office 2019 and Office 2019 (For Pc’s) and Office 2011 (for Mac.) or earlier (Office 2010, Office 2008, Office 2007, etc)
  • Office 2021 will ONLY work on Windows 10 and MacOS (it no longer works on earlier windows versions)
  • Office 2019 was recently upgraded to Office 2021
  • Office 365 remains unchanged besides a renaming of the packages.
  • Boxed retail versions of Office 2019 are still available for purchase at some retail outlets. Avoid these as you are purchasing old stock which is already obsolete and not supported by Microsoft.
  • Office 365 can be purchased as web-access only, for PC’s or Mac’s on 1 or more devices and there are Individual and Business versions available, offering different features and applications such as 100 or 50GB Mailboxes, Access etc.
  • Microsoft Hosted Exchange – If you are an existing user of any version of Outlook you can get all the advantages of the more expensive options by simply add a Microsoft Hosted Exchange mailbox.

This document aims to help you select the most suitable version to suit your needs. (all prices in Australian Dollars)

Can I still use Office 2016?

Support for Office 2016  ended on October 13, 2020. Rest assured that all your Office 2016 will continue to function—they won’t disappear from your or Mac, nor will you lose any data. However, you could expose yourself to serious and potentially harmful security risks.

Here’s what the end of support means for you:

  • You’ll no longer receive Office 2016 software updates from .
  • You’ll no longer receive security updates. Security updates are what help protect your Mac from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.
  • You’ll no longer receive phone or chat technical support.
  • No further updates to support content will be provided. In fact, most online help content will be retired.

Can I still use Office 2013?

Support for ended on Feb 28, 2017.

Can I still use Office 2010?

Support for Office 2010 ended on October 13, 2020 and there will be no extension and no extended security updates. All of your Office 2010 will continue to function. However, you could expose yourself to serious and potentially harmful security risks.

What end of support means for you after October 13, 2020

  • Microsoft will no longer provide technical support, bug fixes, or security fixes for Office 2010 vulnerabilities which may be subsequently reported or discovered. This includes security updates which can help protect your from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.
  • You’ll no longer receive Office 2010 software updates from Microsoft Update.
  • You’ll no longer receive phone or chat technical support.
  • No further updates to support content will be provided and most online help content will be retired.
  • You’ll no longer be able to download Office 2010 from the Microsoft web site.

Can I still use Office 2011 for Mac?

Support for ended October 10, 2017. Rest assured that all your Office 2011 will continue to function—they won’t disappear from your Mac, nor will you lose any data. But here’s what the end of support means for you:

  • You’ll no longer receive Office for Mac 2011 software updates from Microsoft Update.
  • You’ll no longer receive security updates. Security updates are what help protect your Mac from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.
  • You’ll no longer receive phone or chat technical support.
  • No further updates to support content will be provided. In fact, most online help content will be retired.

Does Windows 10 come with Microsoft Office?

Generally No (except as a FREE trial) but the two do come bundled with some Microsoft Education versions and as Microsoft 365 Business

Can you get Microsoft Office for free?

Yes, if you are a student (at a participating school) or you purchase Microsoft Hosted Exchange (Plan 1 or Plan 2) you can then get the online (browser) version of MS Office for FREE.

 

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A major advantage of subscribing to Office 365 on a monthly or annual “subscription” basis, is that you always have access to the latest version of Office as long as you continue to pay the subscription fee.



Office 365 for Education (FREE)

Office 365 for Education is a collection of services that allows you to collaborate and share your schoolwork. It’s available for free to teachers who are currently working at an academic institution and to students who are currently attending an academic institution. The service includes (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote), unlimited OneDrive storage , Yammer, and SharePoint sites. Some schools allow teachers and students to install the full Office applications on up to 5 PCs or Macs for free. If your school provides this additional benefit, you’ll see the Install Office button on your Office 365 home page after you complete sign-up.


Microsoft Office 365 for Business

Microsoft 365 Business, includes the following plans and package. Click on the product name for further details on the packages they contain and fro pricing.

Office 365 Business Essentials
Office 365 Business
Office 365 Business Premium
Office 365 Pro Plus
Exchange Online Plan 1
Exchange Online Plan 2
Office 365 Enterprise E1
Office 365 Enterprise E3
Office 365 Enterprise E5
Office 365 Enterprise F1
Office 365 Education A1
Office 365 Education A3
Office 365 Education A5
OneDrive For Business Plan 1
OneDrive For Business Plan 2
Advanced eDiscovery
Audio Conferencing
Common Area Phone
Exchange Online Archiving for Exchange
Exchange Online for Exchange Server
Microsoft Flow P1
Microsoft Flow P2
Microsoft Powerapps P1
Microsoft Powerapps P2
Microsoft Stream Plan 2 for Office 365 Add on
Microsoft Stream storage ad-on 100GB
Microsoft MyAnalytics
Office 365 Advanced Compliance
Office 365 Extra File Storage
Office 365 Threat Intelligence
Office 365 Cloud App Security
Phone System
Power Bi Premium P1
Power Bi Premium P2
Power Bi Premium P3
Power Bi Premium P4
Power Bi Premium P5
Power Bi Pro
Project Online Essentials
Project Online Premium
Project Online Professional
Project Professional
Project Standard
Sharepoint Online Plan 1
Sharepoint Online Plan 2
Skype for Business Online Plan 2
Skype for Business Plus Cal
Visio Online Plan 1
Visio Online Plan 2
Visio Professional 2019
Visio Standard 2019
Windows 10 Enterprise E3
Windows 10 Enterprise E3 vda
Windows 10 Enterprise E5

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