Are you wondering how to buy Microsoft Word 2016? Or an Office 2016 suite? How do you know which version is right for you?
This article covers system requirements, how to choose between different versions, and links so you can buy software for immediate download.
The latest version of the Microsoft word processing software is Word 2016 for PC or Mac. You can still find older versions of Word online, but I highly recommend purchasing the latest version instead of buying outdated software.
Word 2016 includes great new features over Word 2007 such as versioning, a screenshot tool, document recovery, online collaboration, and more. The ribbon has been reworked to include a file tab instead of the office button. So it is well worth buying the newest version if you are still hanging on to Word 2007.
Let’s face it…if you are still using Windows 98 on an old computer, you might as well stop reading. Go out and buy a computer first! You will not be able to run the newest Microsoft Office programs on your old system.
Make sure your current or any new system you buy meets the system requirements. If your computer specs barely meet the minimum requirements, you can still install the software, but performance and availability of some features may be affected.
Here are the minimum system requirements for Microsoft Word 2016 for PC and Mac:
- 1 gigahertz (Ghz) processor or higher, 32-bit or 64-bit
- 1 GB RAM (for 32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (for 64-bit)
- 3 gig available space on hard drive
- 1024×768 or higher resolution monitor or touch screen
- Microsoft Windows 7 later
- Mac with Intel processor
- 4GB RAM recommended
- 6GB available space on hard drive in HFS+ format
- 1280×800 or higher resolution monitor
- Mac OS X version 10.10 or later
Once you are sure the software will run on your computer, how do you decide which version is right for you?
The choice isn’t as confusing as it used to be…Microsoft eliminated stand-alone versions of their software in favor of a subscription-based licensing for the entire Microsoft Office suite.
You can still buy copies of Microsoft Office you can install without a subscription. However, the nice thing about buying a subscription is software upgrades are included. As long as you renew your subscription, you will always have the latest, most secure version of all the Office programs.
One-time purchases and subscriptions are available for either yearly or monthly payments if you purchase from the Microsoft Store. You can own the Office suite for as low as $6.99 per month!
• Microsoft Office 365 Home – This is the best deal on the subscription version of Microsoft Office for households. The Home suite includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook. Publisher and Access are also included but for PC only. 1 year subscription for 5 PCs or Macs or mobile devices for up to 5 users. A single-user license is also available. [Microsoft Store]
• Microsoft Office 365 Small Business – If you run your own business, this is the version for you. Use on 5 PCs, Macs, or mobile devices for a single user (purchase additional licenses for additional employees). Includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access (PC only), plus cloud services. Office 365 Business Premium includes Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, and more. Annual commitment required. [Microsoft Store]
• Microsoft Office 365 University – Are you in college? You can get a free version of Office 365. But there is a catch…it is for students and faculty only. Verification of your student or teaching status and periodic re-verification is required. [Microsoft Store]
• Older versions of Word – You can sometimes find older versions of Microsoft Word on Amazon but I don’t recommend buying outdated software. It is usually over-priced because it is so hard to find.
Caution: Never purchase used software because you won’t be able to activate it.
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