Microsoft is an essential part of many business’ operations. Businesses rely on Microsoft Word for their word processing needs, Excel for spreadsheets and PowerPoint for presentations. The cloud has become an integral part of Microsoft’s offerings, and this had led the company to offer two different versions of Microsoft Office:
- Office 365
- Office 2019
Each version can be used for business, but which is ideal?
Office 365: Cloud-based
Office 365 is cloud-based, so you pay for a subscription either monthly or yearly. Cloud-based, Microsoft worries about updates, infrastructure and security. You or your employees simply log into Office on your web browser and can make Word documents, spreadsheets or any other file under the Office suite of products.
What’s nice about Office 365 is that it can be accessed anywhere on any Internet-connected device.
You can work on a document in the office, go home, and then work on the document some more. Automatic saving makes the process streamlined. Office 365 for business comes with the following office applications:
- Access (only on PC)
All versions come with OneDrive, but the higher version comes with a few extras:
You will receive a desktop version of Office applications with Office 365. The maximum number of users on the business plan is 300, so everyone in the office can have access to Office 365.
Office 2019: Standalone Version
Office 2019 is a standalone product, so it’s a one-time purchase. You won’t have to pay subscription fees, but you won’t have the benefit of online collaboration on the cloud. Licenses are valid for one PC or Mac, and fully-installed versions will include the following:
You’ll need to update Office 2019, and all of your files will be stored on your computer or server. A disaster recovery plan should be in place when using the standalone version of Office 2019, or you risk losing your data if your hard drive fails, you get a virus, or data becomes corrupted.
Which Office is Best for Your Business?
If you don’t have the budget for Office 365, Office 2019 may be the best option. In most other cases, Office 365 will offer the most flexibility. Not only does Office 365 come with its own version for your PC or Mac, but it will also offer:
- Regular updates from Microsoft (you never need to upgrade)
- Cloud-based data storage
- Ease of collaboration for larger teams
- Linking directly to files in the cloud
- Access to all applications on multiple devices
Office 2019 will need to be updated when Office 2020 is released, but you can continue using Office 2019 for as long as you wish.
Contact us today to develop an Office 365 solution for your small- or medium-sized business.