Though there are free alternatives available, for many people, there’s nothing quite like the familiar, comfortable workings of Microsoft Office, from Word’s superior spell and grammar check to the ease and sense of security of storing files locally on your own PC and not online.
If you want to buy Microsoft Office, there are two main variants: Office 365, which gives you constant updates but requires a monthly or annual subscription fee, and Office 2019, which is a fixed package of software, but you only have to pay for it once. Microsoft really wants you to use the subscription-based Office 365 service, of course.
The Office 2019 package is slightly different than Office 365. On top of that, there are companies besides Microsoft selling both Office 2019 keys and Office 365 subscriptions for lower prices than Microsoft. And you can even run Office apps for free online. So what’s the best and cheapest way to get your productivity on?
From free, to $150, to subscriptions, here’s a breakdown of the best and cheapest ways to get Office in 2019 (we focus on personal versions, rather than business ones).