Word, PowerPoint, Excel — chances are that you’ve used at least one of these at some point, and that’s not for no reason. The Microsoft Office suite is an indispensable toolkit for students and professionals around the globe, being as dominant in the productivity software market as the Windows OS is in the operating system space. Office is a lot more than just slideshows, spreadsheets, and word documents, though, not to mention that you’ve got a few different packages to choose from. To help you find the right one at the right price, we’ve gathered up all the best Microsoft Office deals and lowest prices available this month, followed by a short buying guide.

Today’s best Microsoft Office deals

  • Microsoft 365 Personal (1 person, 12-month subscription) — $42, was $70
  • 15-Month Microsoft 365 Family (6-Users) + Norton 360 Antivirus & VPN (1-Device) — $90, was $160
  • Microsoft 365 Family, 12-Month Subscription, up to 6 people (PC/Mac) — $95, was $100
  • Microsoft Office 2019 Home and Student (lifetime key for PC & Mac) — $130, was $150
  • Microsoft Office Home & Business 2019 — $225, was $250
  • Microsoft Office Professional 2019 — $400, was $440

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Microsoft 365 Family, 12-Month Subscription, up to 6 people (PC/Mac)

$95 $100

Have a busy family, or just need several copies of Microsoft 365 for your office? This 365 package gets you digital keys for up to 6 people for 12 months. Works with both PC and Mac. more

Buy at Newegg

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Microsoft 365 Personal (1 person, 12-month subscription)

$42 $70

Get the core suite of Office programs along with cloud functionality, multi-device compatibility, and more for a great price for a one-year subscription with auto-renewal. more

Buy at Amazon

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Microsoft Office Professional 2019

$400 $440

Packed with all the classic apps for professionals, the Microsoft Office Professional 2019 also comes with access to Outlook, Publisher, and Access for one PC. more

Buy at Amazon

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Microsoft Office Home & Business 2019

$225 $250

Lifetime activation key for Microsoft Office Professional Plus for Windows 10. Includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. more

Buy at Newegg

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Microsoft Office 2019 Home and Student (lifetime key for PC & Mac)

$130 $150

If you want a basic Microsoft Office 2019 suite, this is the best price going right now on the latest version of core Office apps including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. more

Buy at Newegg

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15-Month Microsoft 365 Family (6-Users) + Norton 360 Antivirus & VPN (1-Device)

$90 $160

Pair your Microsoft 365 with virus and VPN protection while saving some cash with this Nortion 360 bundle deal. You also get to enjoy an extra three months of Microsoft Office (15 instead of 12). more

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Microsoft Office 2019

Microsoft Office 2019 is the latest iteration of its classic Office suite. The standard Personal version features Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as its core apps while the Professional version features the same core apps as Microsoft 365, but note that it lacks cloud services like Skype and OneDrive (however, you can get basic versions of these programs for free). Another thing to bear in mind is that your Office 2019 license only allows you to install it on one Windows or MacOS computer at a time — no other devices are supported, and neither are multiple installations across several devices. For that, you will need to upgrade to Microsoft Microsoft 365. The flip-side of that coin is that Microsoft Office 2019 is a “buy once, cry once” affair (once you own it, it’s yours), whereas Microsoft 365 has a monthly subscription fee.

Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365, formerly called Office 365, is the cream of the Microsoft Office crop. This subscription-based suite features everything that Microsoft Office has to offer, including the whole lineup of Office apps along with Microsoft Outlook, Publisher, and Access. You also get the premium OneDrive and Skype cloud services on top of that, and you’re not limited to what devices you’re permitted to use Microsoft 365 on. You can install your copy on any Windows PC, Mac computer, or compatible mobile device that you own (or all of them at the same time if you wish).

You’ll pay for the privilege, though: Microsoft 365 is the most expensive of the bunch, and it comes with a monthly subscription fee, too. Nonetheless, as the most full-featured Office package, Microsoft 365 is hands-down the best choice for professionals, business owners, and other serious users.

A beginner’s guide to Microsoft Office

Before you rush off to buy the best Microsoft Office deal you can find, you’ll first need to decide which particular suite is right for you. There are basically two main products — the standard Microsoft Office and the premium subscription-based Microsoft 365, along with the Personal/Student and Professional versions of these. The Microsoft Office Business/Professional suites include the same core apps as Microsoft 365, but lack cloud support and multi-device compatibility.

Microsoft 365 has some enhanced features like those additional cloud services and multi-device installations, but it’s more expensive and requires a monthly subscription. That said, it’s a better choice for use in a professional environment, and it’s the only one that can be used on mobile devices. You are also not limited to only one device installation at a time as you are with Microsoft Office 2019.

What’s included with Microsoft Office?

Almost everybody is at least vaguely familiar with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, but Microsoft Office has more to offer than word processing and spreadsheets (as important as those are). The Office suites are a bit different and there are also some notable differences with things like cloud services and usage licenses, so a side-by-side breakdown is in order. Here’s everything you get with Microsoft Office 2019 and Microsoft 365:

Included Apps Cloud Services Device Limits
Microsoft Office 2019 Personal: Word, Excel, PowerPoint None 1 Windows or Mac computer
Microsoft 365: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, Access OneDrive, Skype Unlimited number of computers and devices
Microsoft Office 2019 Professional: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, Access None 1 Windows or Mac computer

Does Microsoft Office work on Mac?

Although it’s from the same software company behind the Windows operating system, Microsoft Office is compatible with Mac computers. More good news for Apple heads is that you don’t need a special version of Office for your Mac computer, either: Your Microsoft Office 2019 or Microsoft 365 key is valid for both Windows and Mac versions.

Does Microsoft Office work on Chromebook?

Although it might not be a huge shock to discover that Microsoft Office works on Mac, some might be surprised to see that it’s also available for Chrome OS. However, you can’t run your Windows or Mac desktop version on your Chromebook; instead, you’ll need to head over to the Google Play Store and download the Chrome OS version of Office there.

Can you get Microsoft Office for free?

You can get a free trial of Microsoft 365, but generally speaking, Microsoft Office is not available for free to most users. However, you may be able to get it for free through your school or place of employment, so you may want to check and see if that is an option. If you’re really strapped for cash or if your needs are modest, then you may also consider checking out one of the free Microsoft Office alternatives; if you just love the stability and familiarity of the real thing, though, then one of the above Microsoft Office deals is your best way to save.

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