Office Home & Student 2016
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Key Features

Get more done from home or school. Office 2016 Home & Student has the classic Office apps you know, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Create professional looking documents and presentations, organise your notes or create and share digital notebooks with your friends and family. Plus, collaborate with co-workers or classmates and see changes in real time.

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Top Questions

Office 365 is a subscription that comes with fully installed apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access (Publisher and Access available on PC only). The apps can be installed on multiple devices, including PCs, Macs, iPads, iPhones, Android tablets and Android phones. Office 365 also comes with services like 1 TB of OneDrive storage, 60 Skype minutes per month and Microsoft chat and phone support. With a subscription, you get the latest versions of the apps and automatically receive updates when they happen.

Office 2016 is a one-time purchase that comes with fully installed apps like Word, Excel and PowerPoint for PC or Mac, and does not include any of the services that come with an Office 365 subscription. One-time purchases don’t have an upgrade option, which means if you plan to upgrade to the next major release, you’ll have to buy it at full price.

Learn more about the differences between Office 365 and Office 2016 in Office Support, or use the comparison chart to help you pick the right Office version for your needs.

First, check to see if you are eligible for Office 365 Education, which is free for qualified teachers and students, and includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Microsoft Teams and other classroom tools from Microsoft. Office 365 Education is not a trial and is available for free to accredited academic institutions who have successfully signed up for this programme.

If your school is not eligible for Office 365 Education, you can choose from these other options to find the Office version that fits your budget and needs.

To see if your computer, mobile device and/or browser can run Office, please visit the Office system requirements page.

Internet access is required to install and activate Office, but not to use Office applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint once you have these fully installed on your computer.

Once you have purchased Office, you can install it from the Services & subscriptions section of your Microsoft Account page.
For further assistance with downloading, installing, reinstalling or activating Office, and/or more guidance on Office updates, see this article in Office Support.

People using Office 365, Office 2016, 2013, 2010 and 2007 as well as Office for Mac 2011 and 2008 will be able to open and view your documents, but those on earlier versions may need to install a compatibility pack.

Yes, the Office 365 Training Centre has quick-start guides, cheat sheets, tips and tricks, and training courses on how you can make the best use of Office.

Office 365 FAQ with chat link: https://products.office.com/microsoft-office-for-home-and-school-faq

Office Support forum with chat link: https://support.office.com/