Office Professional 2016
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Key Features

For professional results, you need professional tools. Office 2016 Professional includes the apps you need to get more done and work from virtually anywhere. Start a document on your laptop, then revise it on your phone or tablet. Work with your colleagues to review and make edits and see them in real time. With Outlook email, shared calendars, and task-list tools, you can manage schedules, and keep your business running smoothly. Create professional-looking sales brochures easily with Publisher or use an Access database to keep track of your inventory.

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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 1TB 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.

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 Center 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/