Buy a Microsoft Office perpetual license or take an Office 365 subscription, what are the differences?

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Do you need to equip yourself with a quality office suite? You are probably familiar with Microsoft Office, the very famous office suite from the Silicon Valley giant, Microsoft. Like many, you are probably hesitating between a definitive purchase license and the Microsoft 365 suite (formerly called Office 365). In either case, be aware that the Microsoft Office office suite is available both for users with a Windows computer, and those who have a Mac.

Here are the main differences between the two types of licenses offered by Microsoft for individuals and businesses.

The billing method

Microsoft 365 (or Office 365) is Microsoft’s subscription-based Office offering. It is therefore an annual or monthly subscription while a lifetime license is purchased once.

In the case of a subscription, you will have to remain subscribed if you wish to continue to use the tools and functionalities of the Microsoft Office office suite on your computer (whether you are on Windows or macOS). It is in fact a rental of the software suite, in exchange, you will benefit from all the new updates to come, including during version changes.

On the other hand, an Office license without subscription remains activated as long as the computer (PC or Mac) is not formatted, changed or modified materially. This is because when activating Office online, the product key binds to the hardware and software configuration of your computer. You then get updates for the version you purchased as long as it gets updates, and you have to buy a new key if you want to switch versions.

Microsoft regularly makes interesting promotions on their subscription offer. If applicable, the French site Yeslicense, offers second-hand licenses for various versions of Microsoft Office (including Microsoft Office 2021) at some of the lowest prices on the market.

The type of use

While Microsoft 365 is obviously not for all budgets, this subscription office suite paves the way for collaborative work, in particular thanks to its Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage solution with substantial storage space included in the Microsoft 365 subscription. to this, users can work together on the same document.

The Microsoft Teams collaboration platform, Exchange online messaging or even cloud document storage (on the Microsoft OneDrive space) make Microsoft 365 a formidable suite, especially when teleworking has become the norm.
These high-performance tools make it possible to maximize the creativity and efficiency of a working group on projects, even if the collaborators are not in the same places.

Although there are O 365 offers for individuals, O365 is mainly intended for companies for which teleworking and collaboration are no longer an option.

Note, however, that there is the option of getting Office 365 for free; however, this version is restricted in the sense that you will have access to online software and web services only, i.e. the applications will open in your browser and not on your PC (Windows) or MAC, a Internet connection is then mandatory. Note that this free version of Microsoft Office also exists in the form of mobile applications (for Android or iOS). Some features of these versions are also not available for free.

With the paid Microsoft 365 subscription you not only have access to the Microsoft Office desktop applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook), but also to the premium version of Office online and Office mobile (which unlocks all features). Your subscription follows you everywhere and on all your devices (computer, mobile, etc.). Microsoft 365 subscriptions can range from €69 per year to €200 per year depending on the plan you choose.

On the other hand, if your use is limited to office use, such as making a CV with Word, or creating a PowerPoint presentation, a lifetime license key will better meet your needs and your wallet.

In 2022, it will now be possible to buy a second-hand license Office 2021 for less than 25€, amazing, right?

Conclusion

The choice between the two license modes essentially depends on the use you are going to have of them. Whether you are an individual or a company, you can choose between the two offers, which are available according to your needs (family, business, etc.).

In general, if you opt for an Office office suite to use at home, a perpetual license (or lifetime license) will more than meet the needs you may have in terms of word processing (with Word), creation of tables ( with the Excel spreadsheet) or slideshow of your presentations (with PowerPoint), you can even manage your emails with Outlook.

The YesLicense offer offers you licenses Microsoft Office PC ou MAC at a low price that will delight individuals and students, who wish to equip themselves with a complete office suite without breaking the bank. The licenses offered by YesLicense are genuine licenses from a re-sale purchase system. And since it’s a dematerialized license, you don’t have to pay for the physical media (CD or DVD) or shipping costs. We have personally tested their services and the quality is there: from the payment, to the delivery by email of the license key, through their technical assistance.

Note that the second-hand license purchase and resale system is entirely legal and authorized in Europe (Judgment UsedSoft GmbH vs. Oracle International Corp., dated July 3, 2012 (case c-128/11)).

Article written in collaboration with YesLicense

Do you need to equip yourself with a quality office suite? You are probably familiar with Microsoft Office, the very famous office suite from the Silicon Valley giant, Microsoft. Like many, you are probably hesitating between a definitive purchase license and the Microsoft 365 suite (formerly called Office 365). In…

Do you need to equip yourself with a quality office suite? You are probably familiar with Microsoft Office, the very famous office suite from the Silicon Valley giant, Microsoft. Like many, you are probably hesitating between a definitive purchase license and the Microsoft 365 suite (formerly called Office 365). In…

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