Subscription business model

How to Find and Keep Up with All Your YouTube Subscriptions

It used to be so simple. If you liked a video, and wanted to see more videos like it, you’d click the “Subscribe” button. The next time that channel put out a video, you’d see it on the homepage.

But in 2017, there’s probably a few channels you love that you haven’t seen lately, and more than a few channels you hate-watched at some point showing up on your homepage constantly. What gives?

YouTube, in their wisdom, stopped showing users every video from every channel they’re subscribed to, replacing that simplicity with an algorithm designed to get you to watch as much content as possible. So you may or may not see a video from a channel you subscribe to on the homepage, depending on what kind of mood YouTube is in. It’s kind of like Facebook’s cryptic news feed algorithm, but for videos, and it means you might miss great videos from artists you love.

If you hate this, you’re not alone. The good news is that there are still a few ways to actually see your subscriptions.

Option One: Head to the Subscriptions Page

The simplest way to see only your subscriptions is to head to the Subscriptions page. There’s a link to this page on the YouTube homepage, shown above. The subscriptions page has the the latest videos from the channels you’re subscribed to, and nothing else.

I recommend creating a bookmark for youtube.com/feed/subscriptions, so that you’re never exposed to the homepage in the first place, but otherwise clicking “Subscriptions” works fine.

On mobile, there’s a subscriptions button you can press from the main screen of the app.

Sadly, there’s no way to make this screen the default, so you’ll just have to tap the button. A…

What’s the Difference Between Office 365 and Office 2016?

There are two ways you can buy Microsoft Office. You can buy the traditional Microsoft Office 2016 product, or get it as part of an Office 365 software subscription. Here’s the difference.

Office 2016 vs. Office 365

Here’s the main difference: Office 2016 is the the traditional Microsoft Office product, sold for a one-time, up-front fee. You pay once to buy a version of Office 2016 you can install on a single PC or Mac and use for as long as you like. There’s no expiration date.

Office 365, on the other hand, is the new way Microsoft wants you to buy Office. Rather than paying a hefty up-front price, you pay a monthly or yearly fee and get access to the latest version of Office for as long as you pay the fee. You also get additional OneDrive cloud storage and access to the Office apps for tablets. You can choose a subscription that allows you to install Office on up to five different computers, sharing it with your family, or just get Office for yourself.

Office 2016: A Traditional Software Product

Office 2016 is a traditional software product. Microsoft sells “Office Home & Student 2016” for home users, and there are a few more expensive versions that include additional applications more frequently used by business users.

After paying the up-front fee, you get an Office 2016 license. You don’t even get a physical disc with Office 2016. Instead, you either buy a physical “key card” with a download code on it, or you buy a digital download that’s emailed to you.

This Office package only includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. This package does not include Outlook, Publisher, and Access.

You can download and use Office 2016 for as long as you want. You own it. You’ll never have to pay anything else. However, when Microsoft releases a new version of Office, you’ll have to pay to buy the new version of Office, or be stuck with Office 2016 until you pay once again.

When buying Office 2016, you must choose between the “Office Home & Student 2016” product for Windows PCs and the “Office Home & Student 2016 for Mac” product for Macs (both of which cost $150). If you switch from a Mac to a Windows PC, or vice versa, you must buy Office again.

You can only install Office 2016 on a single PC or Mac at a time. You can deactivate it and move it to another PC, but you’ll need buy another license key if you want it installed on two computers at a time.

Office 365 Personal: An Office Subscription for One Person

Office 365 is Microsoft’s new method of selling and distributing Office. Office 365 Personal is the subscription plan designed for a single person who needs Office on a single computer. Office 365 gives you access to download and use the latest version of Office. Right now that’s Office 2016, but as soon as a new version comes out, you’ll be able to upgrade as part of your subscription without paying an additional fee.

You can either subscribe through your Microsoft account with a credit card or buy yearly Office 365 codes and add them to your account to redeem subscription time. Microsoft charges $70 per year or $7 per month for Office 365 Personal. Microsoft also offers a one-month free trial of Office 365 Personal, so you can try it before paying anything.

The Office 365 package includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. However,…