Microsoft’s Office 365 service has been a great deal for a long time, and it’s getting better. Starting October 2, 2018, Office 365 Home will let six users install an unlimited number of Office applications.
What’s New for Office 365 Users
Microsoft just announced improvements for Office 365 users. Currently, Office 365 Home allows up to five users. Microsoft is raising this limit to six, so each Office 365 Home account gets an additional user.
Each user will also be able to install Office applications on an unlimited amount of devices. Users can only be signed into five Office applications at the same time, however. This is an improvement from now, where those five users can only install Office on up to 10 devices in total.
These changes take effect starting October 2, 2018. Microsoft isn’t raising the price of any Office 365 plans, either.
Microsoft has made a few account changes that are taking effect immediately. After signing up for Office 365, all user accounts in your Microsoft Family will be automatically given access. You can manage your subscription directly from the Microsoft account website, too.
What is Office 365?
Office 365 is essentially a Microsoft Office subscription. You can still buy traditional boxed copies of Microsoft Office, but Office 365 is a much better deal.
The family plan, named Office 365 Home, costs $100 per year. For that price, five (soon six) people can install the latest versions of Microsoft Office on their PCs, Macs, tablets, and phones. Each person gets 1 TB of OneDrive storage, too.
Office 365 includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook. Publisher and Access are also included but are only available on Windows. These are the same full desktop Office applications you’d get if you purchased the standard boxed copies of Office, but they also have the advantage of getting more frequent feature updates. And yes, you can use them offline—your PC or Mac just has to appear online once every 30 days to keep them activated.
You can download the apps by heading to Office.com, signing in and clicking “Install Office apps.” On a phone or tablet, download the Office apps from Apple’s App Store or Google Play and sign in with your Microsoft account. You can also use the “My Office” app that comes with Windows 10 to sign up and download the apps.
Apps for All Your PCs, Macs, Tablets, and Phones
The boxed copies of Office aren’t a great deal anymore. Office Home & Student 2016 and Office Home and Student 2016 for Mac are separate products, and each has a suggested retail price of $150. If you switch from a PC to Mac or vice versa, you have to buy a new copy.
Meanwhile, Office 365 Home costs $100 per year. Office 365 Home lets five (and soon six) people, each with his or her own Microsoft account, install Office apps on up to ten PCs or Macs (or any combination of the two). Each person can also install Office on up to five tablets and up to five phones.
In other words, with Office 365 Home, you could share ten copies of…
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