Microsoft 365 is an incredibly popular subscription for both personal and business users. But since it's a subscription, you need to pay each month to receive access to the apps and services it includes. While it's not advertised as heavily by Microsoft, it is possible to purchase Office, no subscription required.
Purchasing Office is a more affordable way to get access to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and that's especially true on Cyber Monday. Right now, you can get Microsoft Office Home & Student for $100 through Newegg. You can also save an additional $5 when you use the promo code BFDBY2A2528 at checkout, bringing the price down to $95.
There are also discounts on Microsoft Office Home & Business ($220 down from $250) and Office Professional ($430 down from $440). The same promo code should also take $5 off either of those.
Microsoft Office Home & Student 2021 |
$150 $95 at Newegg (opens in new tab)
Rather than paying for a subscription each month, you can get the Office suite of apps for a one-time payment with Microsoft Home & Student 2021. There are also business and professional versions available. Every version of Office is on sale right now for Cyber Monday. Make sure to use promo code BFDBY2A2528 at checkout.
With so many versions of Office and Microsoft 365 available, it can get a bit tricky to keep things straight. Microsoft has a handy chart (opens in new tab) that compares Microsoft 365 Family, Microsoft 365 Personal, and Office Home & Student 2021.
|Header Cell - Column 0||Microsoft 365 Family||Microsoft 365 Personal||Office home & Student 2021|
|Number of users||1-6||1||1 PC or Mac|
|Number of accounts||1-6||1||1 PC or Mac|
|Access to latest updates||✅||✅||❌|
|Multiple devices and platforms||✅||✅||❌|
|Ongoing technical support||✅||✅||❌|
|Word, Excel, PowerPoint||✅||✅||✅|
|Cloud storage||Up to 6 TB (1 TB per person)||1 TB||❌|
|Microsoft Family Safety||✅||No||❌|
|Access (PC only)||✅||✅||❌|
|Publisher (PC only)||✅||✅||❌|
As illustrated by the chart above, the one-time purchase of Office gets you a lot less than a Microsoft 365 subscription. But if you only use Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, all those extra features are just that, extra. If you only need the basic Office suite of applications, Microsoft Office is a much more affordable way to get them, especially so on Cyber Monday.
Microsoft 365 Personal (opens in new tab) | From $70/year (opens in new tab)
Microsoft 365 Personal comes with the Office suite and 1TB of OneDrive storage. It allows you to work from several devices, including Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android. It also includes a long list of other apps and services, such as Editor, Microsoft Forms, and Microsoft Teams.
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