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      • #337252 Reply
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        I am currently running MS Office 2010, which is a bit “long in the tooth.”  I would like to upgrade to a more current version.  I have a desktop computer, a Surface Pro Tablet, my husband has a computer as well.  Should I purchase the subscription to Office 365?  I think there are two version of that, one which has the word “Pro” attached to it.  In terms of usage, I use MS Outlook as my desktop email client, I use MS Publisher, One Note and Word quite a bit.  I occasionally use Excel and Access.

        Can you help me figure out what I should purchase?  Is it going to be a huge problem of transition to migrate to a new version?  How should I prepare?

        Thank you so much!

      • #337328 Reply
        AskWoody Lounger

        Well, there’s a few points… mostly depends on what purpose you’re using it for.

        You use Access and Publisher, which means that the low-end permanent license packages aren’t suitable as they aren’t included in those.

        Office 365 Home and Office 365 Business do nowadays include both, so in that case the difference is mostly in the license terms. The Home version comes with usage rights for family members and several devices, but the license forbids its use for commercial and non-profit purposes… the Business version is strictly by person but allows everything on multiple devices.

        Then Office 365 ProPlus comes with additional manageability features for organizations on top of the Business version and allows virtualization, I believe. Until 2016 you only got Access in the ProPlus version, too. (Also the ProPlus can be bought for more than 300 users per organization…)

        As for migration, what trips most people up is that a lot of the settings aren’t transferred automatically, like mail signatures and local address books… and the one most common problem would seem to be Outlook’s address autocomplete cache that is a bother to move even between two profile instances of the same version.

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        Welcome to AskWoody, your Highness 🙂

        I have a desktop computer, a Surface Pro Tablet, my husband has a computer as well.  Should I purchase the subscription to Office 365?

        I recommend subscribing to 365 Home for your needs. For $100/year you get all the apps you use for up to 6 users on up to 18 devices [PC, tablet, phone], 1TB storage on OneDrive and 60 minutes of Skype calls monthly per person. Note that the full versions of the major apps only work on PC, other devices can only run the reduced-functionality mobile online apps.


        From my notes re differences v Office 2010:

        What Office 2013 has v 2010
        – More sharing plus device and cloud integration.
        – Improved interface.
        – Some touchscreen functionality.
        – Collapsible ribbon.
        – Customizing ribbon easier, relatively simple now.
        – Word – PDF editing.
        – Word – better DTP features.

        What Office 2016 has v 2013
        – Nothing major, nice changes. Built from the ground-up with mobile and cloud users in mind, good for teams.
        – Core products get a “Tell me” function which is useful.
        – Excel got rid of the dumb all caps ribbon text.
        – Improved colors in interface.

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        • #337399 Reply
          AskWoody Lounger

          o 365 Home

          … are the licensing terms different in some market areas or something? Because the way I read that, you’re not authorized to use the Home version for much anything you’d want to, except education…

          • #337447 Reply
            AskWoody MVP

            If you are running a business Microsoft wants you to acquire a business SKU. However, Office 365 Home has no limitations on it in regards to what you m=do with it. The online part of Office 365 is less capable in the Home SKU as compared to a business SKU.

            Also, search around for a price on Office 365 Home. Do NOT pay full price. Search Amazon or eBay for discounted prices. If you choose eBay be sure to buy from a reputable seller.


      • #1903239 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        I’m currently running Office 2013 Home & Student on my over 6-year-old Win8.1 laptop. I’m actually considering upgrading to Win 10 1909 AKA 19H2 AKA “1903 Service Pack”. Extended support for Office 2013 ends on April 11, 2023. If I do upgrade to Win10 1909, should I upgrade/replace Office with either 2016 or 2019? Pros/cons follow:

        • Pros: Office 2016 runs on Win7 & Win8.1. Win10? Maybe?! Can someone help me about this? 2016 Mainstream support ends on Oct. 13, 2020; extended support probably ends Oct. 14, 2025.
        • Cons: Office 2016 isn’t backward compatible with 2013; does this include files created with 2013? Office 2016 will automatically uninstall 2013 before installing itself.
        • Pros: Office 2019 is the latest & greatest (?) & runs on Win10.
        • Cons: Office 2019 Mainstream support ends on Oct. 10, 2023, but extended support ends Oct. 14, 2025; the same as 2016, but 3 years shorter.

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        Wild Bill Rides Again...

        • #1903282 Reply
          AskWoody MVP

          Office 2013 will continue to run even after the end of support. Mainstream support includes security fixes, bug fixes, and possibly new features. Extended support means security fixes only.

          Office 2016 is compatible and will run on Win10.

          What do you mean by Office 2016 is not backward compatible? As long as you do not use features introduced in Office 2016 then Office 2013 should have no problem with Office 2016 files.

          Office 2019 does run on Win10. Remember that with this and subsequent versions of Office when you make a one-time purchase (i.e. Home & Student, Home and Business, Office Pro 2019) you do not get new features as Office 365 users do. You only get bug and security fixes.


          • #1903407 Reply
            AskWoody Plus

            Maybe “backward compatible” was the wrong phrase. As long as file extensions don’t change (.docx, .xlsx, etc.), Office 2016 should access files created in Office 2013. According to Wikipedia’s Office 2016 article, there aren’t any features from 2013 being removed in 2016. 2016 is getting new features. Source:

            This is what I tried to mean when I said “Backward compatibility”; quote from above source:

            Microsoft Office 2016 cannot coexist with Microsoft Office 2013 apps, but it can coexist with earlier versions of Microsoft Office, such as 2003, 2007, and 2010.<sup id=”cite_ref-17″ class=”reference”></sup> Microsoft requires that any 2013 versions be uninstalled, which it will offer to do automatically, before the 2016 versions can be installed.

            Windows 8.1, 64-bit, back in Group A... & leaning toward Windows 10 V2004. As long as it's a Lot Less Buggy!
            Wild Bill Rides Again...

      • #1903290 Reply

        You have over a year before Office 2010 goes out of support (Oct 13, 2020). So this is not a decision that you have to make in a hurry. You have plenty of time to decide what you want to upgrade to.

        That said, for $10 per month you can get the full Office 365 package for up to six users – i.e., your whole family. At this price, you get Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, and Access; additionally, there are online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook that you can use, in addition to the full software versions you can install on up to six computers (PC or MAC). In my opinion, that is a really good deal. I use Word, Excel, and Outlook 365 regularly, and they are superior products, in my opinion.

        You can get all of the information here:

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        • #1903300 Reply
          AskWoody MVP

          That is the full price in the USA. You should NEVER pay full price for Office 365. Here’s a good article at Office-Watch – 6 steps to saving on Office 365 renewals or first purchase.

          I do agree that Office 365 Home is very good, especially if you have more than one user or device. Office 365 Personal is even cheaper if there is only one device.


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        • #1903391 Reply
          AskWoody Plus

          As I said in my original post, I’m on Office 2013, not 2010.

          Windows 8.1, 64-bit, back in Group A... & leaning toward Windows 10 V2004. As long as it's a Lot Less Buggy!
          Wild Bill Rides Again...

      • #1903408 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        Just saw this ad. Don’t know more about the offer.

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