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Microsoft 365 - Is it worth buying?

Microsoft 365 offers unmatched productivity for home, student and business users. Explore the options with us, and find out which plan is right for you.

 

Microsoft 365 - Is it worth buying?

 

Over the years, Office has been known by many names and has been made available in various forms for students, home users, small to medium businesses, as well as an enterprise solution on a global scale. Since 1988, Microsoft Office has been the go-to solution whether you were dealing with your home finances, writing a letter or managing a team of employees.

Now, with seamless collaboration and sharing via cloud solutions, new and improved applications, functionality and value, Microsoft 365 has become almost as ubiquitous as the Windows platform, with over 1 billion users worldwide. Along with the household names of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, you can now explore a brand new and expanded Office experience, perfect for any home, student, business or enterprise user.

 

In this guide

 

Microsoft 365 for home users

For home and personal users, there are two options. Microsoft 365 Personal and Microsoft 365 Family. Both of these monthly subscriptions are perfect for work and study, offering individuals, families and remote workers a plethora of productivity tools.

Microsoft 365 Personal

Features

  • License for 1 person
  • Office Suite
    • Word
    • Excel
    • PowerPoint
    • OneNote
    • Outlook
    • Editor
    • Teams
  • 1TB OneDrive cloud storage to back up and share files across devices

  • Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android compatible
  • Advanced security for email accounts and files
  • Ongoing technical support

 

Microsoft 365 Personal

 

With Microsoft 365 Personal, you have access to smart assistance features as well as hundreds of premium word-processing and presentation templates, and gain free access to a huge number of curated stock photos, icons, and fonts in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

1TB OneDrive cloud storage allows you to autosave and share files and photos across devices with ease, enhancing your productivity and adapting to your workflow. Store your files with peace of mind, using your Personal Vault and two-step identity authentication and built-in ransomware detection and recovery capabilities to protect your data. Your subscription is available on up to 5 devices at the same time, so you can access everything you need wherever you are and however you prefer.

Microsoft 365 Personal also allows you to benefit from advanced security protection in OneDrive and Outlook, and comes with support via chat or phone at no extra cost throughout your subscription.

 

Microsoft 365 Family

Features

  • License for 2-6 people
  • Office Suite
    • Word
    • Excel
    • PowerPoint
    • OneNote
    • Outlook
    • Editor
    • Teams
  • 6TB OneDrive cloud storage (1TB per person) to back up and share files across devices

  • Microsoft Family Safety mobile app

  • Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android compatible
  • Advanced security for email accounts and files
  • Ongoing technical support

 

Microsoft 365 Family

 

Microsoft 365 Family gives up to 6 people in your subscription full access to smart assistance features, hundreds of premium templates, and free access to a vast library of photos, fonts and icons in applications like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Your family can take advantage of powerful applications, and each person's subscription is available on up to 5 devices at the same time, making it perfect for home life, work and education.

With 1TB OneDrive cloud storage per person, you can save files automatically, and share files and photos across devices and users easily.

With advanced security for families - both adults and younger users - you can rest easy with location[5], application and device control, and store files in the cloud, with two-step identity authentication and other advanced security options.

 

Microsoft Family Safety app

The Microsoft Family Safety app

 

With OneDrive, you receive ransomware detection and recovery capabilities as Microsoft 365 Personal, protecting the data of you and your family. Microsoft 365 Family also comes with free support via chat or phone throughout your subscription.

[5] Microsoft 365 Family subscription required for location alerts and drive safety features. Availability varies by operating platform and market. Location permissions must be active to receive automatic arrival and departure alerts. Drive safety only available in US, UK, CA and AU.

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Office Home & Student 2021

Available as a one-time purchase for 1 PC or Mac, Office Home & Student 2021 offers users the "classic" versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, and a 60 day support package from Microsoft. Designed to be deployed on laptops and desktop PCs in a quick and efficient way, Office Home & Student 2021 is a slim version of the Microsoft 365 family of products, without a monthly subscription, but also without some of the features the other options afford.

 

Office Home & Student 2021

 

Ideal for home users or students who just need access to the powerful productivity tools, Office Home & Student 2021 can be deployed very quickly and offers most of the necessities.

Purchase Office Home & Student 2021

 

Microsoft 365 for work and business

Every business is different, and for each type of company there is a Microsoft 365 available that fits their needs. With incredible collaboration, productivity and workflow features, Microsoft 365 for business is designed to empower individuals and unify teams wherever they are in the world.

Features

  • Web versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote
  • Teamwork and communication tools & applications
  • Seamless email and calendaring
  • Cloud file storage and sharing
  • Advanced threat protection
  • High level privacy, security and compliance
  • Support and deployment from experts
  • Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote for Windows or Mac (plus Access and Publisher for PC only)
  • SME and Enterprise level business tools SharePoint, Teams, Exchange, Intune, Azure, Defender
  • Each user on your plan can install the Office apps on up to 5 PCs or Macs
  • PC and mobile device & policy management
  • One month free trial

 

Microsoft 365 for work and business

 

For more information on Microsoft 365 for Business, contact our team.

 

Fake licenses and pirated versions of Microsoft 365

As with any premium digital product, there is always the possibility of piracy, and Microsoft 365 - though extremely resilient and secure - is also distributed by nefarious organisations and individuals. Quite often, these fake versions of Office products are limited in capabilities and features, with some of the core application code replaced by dangerous virus, malware and ransomware threats.

Pirated software or fake software licenses can be dangerous to your PC, as well as your family. Essentially, the software is from an unknown source, and cannot be trusted. There is also a highly likely scenario where you will experience file corruption, loss of data, and being completely unable to access your files once Microsoft disables the fake license.

The counterfeit software may also have embedded scripts and spyware that can steal your personal information, making it available to organised crime and bad actors. With illegal licenses of Microsoft 365, you are also vulnerable to phishing and social engineering scams, which can result in devastating consequences.

If you believe you may have been sold or downloaded a fake version of Microsoft 365, you should UNINSTALL ALL RELATED APPLICATIONS IMMEDIATELY.

 

Fake licenses and pirated versions of Microsoft 365

 

How to buy genuine Microsoft 365 licenses

At CCL, we have a range of Office and Microsoft 365 licenses available for home, families, education and business.

View our range of Microsoft 365 products here.

 

Buy genuine Microsoft 365