Choosing a Perpetual or Subscription Microsoft Office License

Choosing a Perpetual or Subscription Microsoft Office License

By Melanie Gass ‘The Microsoft Princess’

How to decide which type of Office 365 license is right for you.–PC Pitstop

I was asked this past week to be on a tech talk radio show to offer expertise on Microsoft Office. It was through that discussion that I realized as a user, it can be challenging to figure out which option is best for you. There’s a perpetual license that allows us to pay a one-time fee as we’ve known over the years, and there’s a subscription option called Microsoft Office 365 to pay a monthly fee, download it on up to five devices, and always have the latest version. As you attempt to navigate through the options, here are some questions to ask and help you determine which option is right for you.


1. Is this for work or home?
2. How many computers do you own?
3. Do you have any other devices?
(e.g. Smartphone, Tablet, iPad)
4.Do you plan to make another purchase within the next few years?
5. How do you feel about paying a monthly subscription?

What do your answers suggest is the best option for you?

This excerpt appears with permission from The Microsoft Princess.

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1 thought on “Choosing a Perpetual or Subscription Microsoft Office License”

  1. For me choosing the type of license is very easy. I was perfectly happy with Office XP right up to the point I built my Windows 8 box and the only software that will NOT run on Windows 8 is older Microsoft software so I was forced to put Office 2007 on it. I could have put Office 2010 or 2013 on it or even Office 365 but there is NO added value for me to do so. In this arena I do NOT want all of the latest bells and whistles as I do NOT like the functionality of my software to change on me randomly. I will also NOT pay a subscription fee for something like this when there are other alternatives out there for free or close to free that do the job as well and in some cases better then Microsoft Office.

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