Microsoft 365 vs Office 2019: Which is a Better Value for the Price?

If you’re in the market for a productivity suite, you might be wondering which option is better: Microsoft 365 or Office 2019. Both offer powerful tools for businesses and individuals, but they differ in pricing and features. In this article, we’ll compare Microsoft 365 plans and pricing to Office 2019 to help you decide which one provides the best value for your money.

Microsoft 365 Plans and Pricing

Microsoft offers several plans under its subscription-based service, Microsoft 365. The plans vary in price depending on the features they offer. The basic plan, called “Microsoft 365 Personal,” costs $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year. This plan includes access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher (PC only), and Access (PC only). You also get 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage and Skype minutes.

For businesses and organizations, Microsoft offers several plans under its “Microsoft 365 Business” umbrella. The basic plan costs $5 per user per month and includes access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams (chat-based workspace), Exchange (email hosting), SharePoint (collaboration platform), OneDrive for Business (cloud storage), Yammer (enterprise social network), and Stream (video sharing service).

Office 2019 Pricing

Office 2019 is a one-time purchase of the software that allows you to use it forever on one device. The Home & Student version costs $149.99 while the Home & Business version costs $249.99.

The Home & Student version includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote while the Home & Business version includes those four applications plus Outlook.

While there are no additional monthly fees with Office 2019 as there are with Microsoft’s subscription service, you won’t receive any of the additional features that come with Microsoft 365 such as cloud storage, Skype minutes, or other online services.

Which is a Better Value?

The answer to which is a better value for the price depends on your individual needs. If you’re an individual who needs access to Microsoft Office applications and cloud storage, Microsoft 365 Personal might be the best value for you. However, if you don’t need cloud storage or Skype minutes and only use Microsoft Office applications occasionally, Office 2019 might be the better option.

For businesses and organizations that require collaboration tools and online services in addition to Microsoft Office applications, Microsoft 365 Business is likely the best value. With access to SharePoint and Teams, employees can work together more efficiently than with just Word and Excel.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, choosing between Microsoft 365 plans and pricing versus Office 2019 depends on your individual needs. If you need additional features such as cloud storage or Skype minutes or are looking for a business solution with collaboration tools included then a subscription to Microsoft’s service may be your best bet. However if you don’t need these features or are only looking to use the software on one device then purchasing a one-time license of Office 2019 may be more cost-effective in the long run.

This text was generated using a large language model, and select text has been reviewed and moderated for purposes such as readability.