In its 2016 version for Mac, the programs available in Microsoft Office are Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook, in addition to offering access to OneDrive online services, for cloud storage, and Skype, for communications with contacts. However, nowadays, it is possible to use Office for Mac in three different versions, as well as for those who use a PC. The possibilities of these common applications are varied, and before choosing any of the available options, we must know what each one offers. Each version offers a variable number of programs, very extensive in the Microsoft 365 Family and Microsoft 365 Personal options.
Microsoft 365 Family
This is the most complete subscription, designed to be shared with up to 6 members of the same family and with Premium versions of all components. It offers 1TB of online storage per person and premium technical support, as well as advanced security. The subscription is annual or monthly, with a one-month free trial, and consists of the following applications, all with AI technology.
- Word: A text editor, probably the most used in the world.
- Excel: A very complete spreadsheet.
- PowerPoint: Program that makes multimedia presentations.
- OneNote: Lets you create notes.
- Outlook: E-mail manager.
- Access: A practical database.
- Publisher: You can make layouts.
- OneDrive: Cloud storage service.
- Skype: Program for making video calls.
- Microsoft Editor: Advanced spelling and grammar checker.
- Microsoft Family Safety: Performs parental control over children's Internet activities.
Microsoft 365 Personal
This is the same product as the previous one, also in a subscription format, but for a single person. The storage is limited to 1 TB, but in all other aspects, it is similar to the Family package and can be renewed on a monthly or annual basis. Logically, the annual subscription represents a 20 percent saving on the Personal and Family plan. It can be used on up to 5 different devices.
Office Home and Student 2019
It has the 3 most used applications of the Office suite, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. As they are applications that do not have online services or cloud storage, payment is made before using. In other words, while the previous 2 versions let you use cloud services, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2019 have an approach for local use. This is the most suitable solution for those who do not need much more than these apps in their daily life.
If you have just switched to Mac and do not know if you will be able to continue using the Microsoft Office suite as before, you should know that you will not notice any difference, since both the interface and its use are the same.