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What’s the Difference between Office 2016 and Office 365

As a student at any of the DCCCD campus locations (Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, Northlake, Richland) you are able to download for free Office 365 including free space on Microsoft’s OneDrive (cloud storage space).

Do you know all of the benefits of this free software?  Review the third column in the table below to better understand what you are receiving at no cost.

If you are not a student but are considering upgrading to Office 2016 or Office 365, you may also want to review the table.  The first column lists the feature, the second the features you will receive if you purchase Office 2016, and the third the features you will receive if you subscribe to Office 365.


What’s the


One-time Purchase (Example: Office Home & Student 2016) Office 365 Subscription (Example: Office 365 Home)
Cost Pay a single, one-time cost Pay a small monthly fee, or save by paying for a full year
Office Applications Get Office 2016 applications, like Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Your apps won’t be updated when new features are released. Get the latest version of Office applications, like Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Right now that’s Office 2016, but your version will continue to receive new feature updates. PC users also get Access and Publisher.
Feature Updates Security updates are included, but you won’t get new features that are added to Office 2016. Upgrades to major releases are not included. Your version of Office will always be improving. Get the latest features and updates from Microsoft. Major upgrades to future versions are included.
Install Office

On More than One Computer

(Mac or PC)

One-time purchases are designed for a single operating system, so your copy of Office is good for either one Mac or one PC. With Office 365 Home, you can install Office desktop applications on up to 5 computers, which can be a combination of Macs and PCs. If you don’t need all of those installs, share them with members of your household.
Install Office

Get Advanced Features on Tablets and Phones

Get basic editing features only on your tablet or phone. Get extra features when you sign in to Office apps on your device. With Office 365 Home, you’ll get these extra features on up to 5 tablets and 5 smartphones.
Extra Online


Not included. Securely store your files in the cloud and access them from anywhere. Get 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage per user, for up to 5 users.
Technical Support


Initial technical support is included for installing only. Contact us throughout your subscription at no extra cost for help with technical issues, or for subscription and billing support.


If you are interested in seeing a comparison of the various versions of Office 2016 and Office 365, click on the following link.

A Comparison of Versions of Office 2016 and Office 365

Although you may have a preference, most software is going to subscription pricing.  This might be the last version of Microsoft Office to offer a one-time purchase option.  Regardless of which option you choose, Microsoft continues to expand the features available to users of their Office software suite.

Source:  Support.Office. Com

Interested in learning more about courses offered by the Business Office Systems and Support Department at Richland College?  Please contact Angela Nino, lead faculty, of the BOSS department.  (anino@dcccd.edu or call 972-238-6215) The BOSS department is a Microsoft Authorized Testing Center; if Microsoft Office certifications are important to you, keep in mind that you will be able to both learn MS Office 2016 software and attempt the Microsoft certification exam of your choice with us!