Image result for icloud and 365Matching your business with the perfect productivity-enhancing tool is difficult. It is fortunate to know, you can select between two popular options: Office 2016 and Office 365. But which is right for you? Here are three main differences that may help you decide.

How they are paid for:

Office 2016 is a stand-alone suite, and regardless of the quantity purchased, it’s described by Microsoft as a “one-time purchase.” You pay a single, upfront cost, meaning the full purchase price must be paid before receiving the license to legally run the software for life.

By differentiating, Office 365 is a subscription service requiring monthly or annual payments. Also, Office 365 allows users to run applications only if payments are made. If you stop, you will have 30 days to grace period to continue operating after the previous payment’s due date before the license expires.

How they are serviced


Another thing to consider is the service and support offerings. Microsoft provides monthly security updates for Office 2016 applications, and these updates fix non-security bugs. However, you don’t get upgrades for improved features and functionality. If you desire to run the latest edition, you will have to pay another fee upfront.

On the other hand, office 365 users, , get the same security patches as Office 2016 and also other feature and functionality upgrades twice per year.

How they sync with the cloud
Microsoft announced a major change this April: As of October 13, 2020, Office 2016 applications acquired through an upfront purchase are required to be in the “Mainstream” support period (the first five years of the decade-long commitment) to obtain cloud connectivity. Office 365 subscriptions won’t experience this problem.

In order to accomplish measurable results and enjoy business growth, it’s important that your business is working with the right Office solution. Give us a call and let our team of experts assess your needs and determine the best option for you.


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