Compare Microsoft 365 and Office 2019

Microsoft 365 is a subscription plan. For a low monthly or yearly cost, you get the latest version of Office that’s always up-to-date with the newest features and security. You can install Office on all your devices, and be signed in to five at a time. With your subscription, you get a terabyte of OneDrive cloud storage that’s accessible from just about anywhere.

That’s a lot of storage, about 300,000 images, or a million documents. With your files on OneDrive, you can start a document on your tablet, make edits on your smartphone, and finish on your Mac or PC. The Office mobile apps for your tablets and smartphones can be installed for free, but you get more features with your subscription. There are different subscription plans for Office 365.

If you want Office for just yourself, you can buy a Personal subscription. If you want to share your subscription with friends or family members, you can buy a Home subscription. This lets you share with up to five people, and each person gets all the same benefits. Everyone gets the latest version of Office, everyone can install on all their devices, and everyone gets their own terabyte of storage.

Office 2019 is a one-time purchase of Office that can be installed on one PC or Mac. You’ll get security updates, but no new features or tools. This means when the next major version of Office is released, you’ll need to buy it again to get any new features.

Finally, there’s Office Online. Free, lightweight versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and more, that anyone can use from a browser. This means you can open files on devices that don’t have Office installed. You can even collaborate on files with someone who doesn’t own Office. Just sign in at to get started with Office Online. So, three versions of Office. Which will you choose?

Microsoft 365

Office 2019 Home & Business

Microsoft 365 Basic /Standard

Cost Pay a single, one-time cost – S$379 Pay a small monthly fee, or save by paying for a full year –  S$12 per mth x 12 mths = S$144 per year
Licensing Perpetual Yearly Subscription
Office applications Get Office 2019 apps like Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Onenote and Outlook Get Office 2019 apps like Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Onenote, Outlook, Access and Publisher.
Feature updates Security updates are included, but you won’t get any new features. Upgrades to major releases aren’t included. Your version of Office will always be improving. You’ll get all the latest features and updates, as well as security updates and bug fixes.
Installation of Office Applications One-time purchases can be installed once on either a PC or Mac. Can install Office 365 on 5 Workstation (PCs and Macs), 5 tablets, and 5 phones.
Advanced features on tablets and phones Install the mobile apps for free and get basic editing features on tablets or phones under 10.1″ Install the mobile apps for free and get extra features when you sign in to Office apps on your device.
Extra online storage Not included. 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage