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The original Microsoft bundles

Microsoft Office is a family of client and server software and services developed by Microsoft. Initially the term for an office suite—a bundled set of Microsoft’s productivity applications—the first version of Microsoft Office contained Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint. There are several versions of Office that are geared towards different users and operating systems. There’s the classic and popular desktop version, available on both Windows and Mac; the web browser version called Office Online; and even versions for Android and iOS. Microsoft Office also has Office 365, a cloud-based subscription service of the bundle with added features.

All in one

Two of the famous bundles for Microsoft Office are Office Home & Business and Office Home & Student. While the two are marketed for different purposes, both have huge similarities in terms of the applications and services included in the packages. Both are only one-time purchases for one PC or Mac—meaning that once the next version of the applications are released, you’ll have to buy again for that version. Both bundles have an included Microsoft support for 60 days at no extra cost. Both are also licensed for home use, although Home & Business is also licensed for commercial use. Both have the classic versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well, but Home & Business has the extra application Outlook on its package.

Both are great and affordable for the features included, however, Microsoft has offered a better deal for its Office suite. The cloud-based Office 365 allows you to buy either a monthly or annual subscription of its plans. Not only will you get the classic Office applications and the Microsoft support, but you will also have Access and Publisher among your apps, a complimentary 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage, and your applications will always be updated to the latest version during the entirety of your subscription.

Take your pick

However, while Office 365 sounds like the best option out of all the Office bundles, you might be the type to just be content with small amounts of features or the type who doesn’t need half of what’s included in Office 365. If so, the classic Microsoft Office packages like Home & Business and Home & Student can help with that. Despite the one-time purchase, your license to use the applications can be a lifetime if you’re content with that version you bought. This can especially be a great money-saver for those who only need tried-and-tested office productivity programs that they can use without much hassle.

Bundles are better

Whatever your choice with Microsoft deals, those which are already put together for a single purchase are much more convenient, especially for office work or schoolwork. The previous packages before Office 365 came may be lacking in features compared to it, but they can be perfect for those users who are only looking for the applications they’ll actually use to the fullest. Office 365 boasts that free 1 TB of cloud storage, but not everyone’s going to need it all the time so these Microsoft Office plans are still considered classics.


  • Has the classic versions of the popular Office apps
  • One-time purchase means less chance of extra charges
  • Works on both Windows and Mac
  • Free customer support


  • For one PC or Mac only
  • Yearly versions mean faster outdatedness
  • Can’t choose specific apps and services
  • Customer support only for 60 days

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User reviews about Microsoft Office 2019

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