Buying Office 2016

If you'd like to work with Office 2016 download it online or buy the software from Microsoft. Learn about buying Office 2016 here.


The Microsoft Office suite is a collection of applications that includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and much more. Office 2016 is similar to the previous version (Office 2013). However, if you've been using an older version of Office, such as Office 2010 or 2007, there are some important changes you should know about.

In additional to the regular boxed version, Microsoft now offers Office through a yearly subscription plan, known as Office 365. It has also been integrated with Microsoft's cloud services, including OneDrive. That's why it's important to understand the different services and available purchasing options before you buy.

Click the arrows in the slideshow below to learn about some of the Office 2016 services and features.

Visit our Microsoft Account and OneDrive and Office Online tutorials to learn about these services in more detail.

Which version of Office is right for me?

If you're still not sure which version of Office you want, take some time to think about the features that are most important to you and how they fit into your budget. Below are some questions you may want to ask yourself.

Student and business pricing

Microsoft offers discounts for the Office 2016 suite to college students and businesses. Check out Office 365 University and Office 365 for Business to learn more.

How to buy Office 2016

For more help making a decision, you can always ask an associate at your local Microsoft Store for advice. Alternatively, you can call 1-800-MY-MS-STORE for more information on the product you're interested in.

Office for other devices

Office for Mac

Office 2016 for Mac is the newest version of the Office suite for Mac computers, and it's a big upgrade from previous versions, including Office for Mac 2011 and Office for Mac 2008. While Office 2016 for Mac is more similar to the Windows version than previous versions of Office for Mac, keep in mind that it doesn't include all of the features you'll find in the Windows version.

Office for mobile devices

If you have a Microsoft account, you can use Office mobile apps to create and edit Office documents from various devices, including iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. The basic editing features are available for free, but you'll need an Office 365 subscription to use more advanced features like real-time co-authoring.

Keep in mind that none of the Office mobile apps include all of the features found in the desktop version. They will likely be most helpful for making minor edits when you're on the go.