To get the most out of your computer, adding the Microsoft Office Suite to your toolkit is a necessity – it's the gold standard in office productivity software for today's high-tech world. But these days, Microsoft Office is available in more configurations than ever before – so which one will best meet your needs?
Microsoft Office 365
With Microsoft Office 365, you'll get the complete suite of MS Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and OneDrive, plus a monthly provision of Skype minutes and a full terabyte of cloud storage, compatible with Windows PCs, Macs, tablets and smartphones. Publisher and Access are also available exclusively for use on PCs. The Personal subscription allows for use on a single desktop or laptop, plus a single tablet; if you're looking to use Office applications on more devices, the Home subscription includes use on up to five computers, plus five tablets and phones.
This type of Microsoft Office package is available from London Drugs in an annual subscription, and includes every MS Office upgrade automatically – which means you'll never have to worry about whether you have the latest version with Microsoft Office 365.
Microsoft Office Home & Student and Microsoft Office Home & Business
These Microsoft Office Suite packages are each available as a one-time purchases, meaning you won't have to pay to renew your subscription every year, but your applications will not be automatically updated to the newest version automatically – if you want to upgrade to a newer version, you'll have to purchase it again separately, or switch to a 365 subscription.
Both Microsoft Office Home & Student and Microsoft Office Home & Business include Office standards Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and OneDrive and are available in versions for Windows PCs and for Macs. Each can be installed only on a single device.
The primary difference between the Microsoft Office Student and Microsoft Office Business versions is that Microsoft Office Business includes Outlook to handle your emails – this powerful communication tool can be indispensable in a business setting, but may not be necessary for more casual home or student users.