The Microsoft Office Suite is a collection of productivity applications that will be familiar to most people. The traditional purchase cycle for this software is either a perpetual licence or Microsoft Open Licence. In both cases the purchase relates to a specific version of the software that becomes outdated over time. This often resulted in a business owning various versions of the software that could result in compatibility problems.
Most Office 365 subscriptions include the Office Suite as part of the subscription. The user of the Office 365 licence can install the software on up to five computers (PC or Mac) for his or her use. Mobile versions of some of the applications are also available and included in the licence. This subscription model gives the advantage of always having access to the latest version of the applications. The Office 365 user can install new versions of the applications as soon as they become available at no additional cost.
The current version of the Office Suite is Microsoft Office 2016. Applications included are
- Publisher (not available for Mac)
- Access (only with some subscription levels, not available for Mac)
The subscription purchase model for the Office Suite is more effective than the traditional perpetual licence even when installed on a single computer. The ability to install on multiple computers is of great benefit when employees work from home as well as the office as they can legitimately install the same version of Office on their home computer. Bizcare recommends purchasing the Office Suite via subscription in all cases.