When was the last time you bought a perpetual license of Microsoft Office

  • 19 February 2021
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This story about Microsoft continuing to offer Office licenses in perpetuity caught my attention today (partially for the LOLs at the writer saying Microsoft is doing this against their will). The last time I bought anything like this to own forever was probably 2006. Have you had any recent use cases for buying a license for a user outright like this?


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How is this different than Office365?



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Instead of paying per month, Microsoft low-key offers a version of Office that you pay for outright just one time and isn’t updated nearly as frequently.

 

Per TechCrunch: “And like with the previous version, it’s clear that Microsoft would really prefer if you just moved to the cloud already. But it also knows that not everybody can do that, so it now calls this version with its perpetual license that you pay for once and then use for as long as you want to (or have compatible hardware) a ‘specialty product for specific scenarios.’”

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Charities and nonprofits might be buying them. A nonprofit I help get a perpetual license through https://www.techsoup.org/ Is like $50 for Office Pro.



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I last bought Office perpetual last year - needed to update my ancient 2011 installation on my personal laptop. I don't need any cloud features, I don't want to pay a subscription - I just need Word and Excel on my personal laptop so I can keep my resume up to date and such!



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non-profit admin here, +1 to Colin. Just bought Office19 perpetual volume licenses last year to upgrade from Office16. They’re clearly steering people away from it and making it more of a pain to do. Deployment on macOS was fine, but Windows was a pain.



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Lab systems running off teh network are a good exemple



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We want to control how much our folks use Office (as in, just Excel but nothing else, just Word but nothing else, etc) so we bought perpetual volume licenses in the past. Recently we switched to O365 because I really didn't think Microsoft would cave on the issue.



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