Difference Between Microsoft Office 2019 And Microsoft 365

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While learning about the difference between Microsoft Office 2019 vs 365, let’s begin with learning what all versions offer and what are their features.

What is Office 2019?

Office 2019 is currently the latest standalone version of Microsoft’s most popular suite of office applications. It is a traditional office suite that comes with famous Microsoft apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. Although, they have come a long way not but Microsoft Office still lacks the latest features like the cloud and AI support.

Nevertheless, Microsoft Excel journey is one of the most interesting journeys so far among all the apps in the Microsoft suite.

Features of Office 2019

  • A combo of all new and classic lovable features which helps you take your office productivity to the next level.
  • Microsoft office suite apps depending on your Office 2019 product variant- Core apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); App for email capability and contact management (Outlook); Powerful note-taking application (OneNote); Information Management App (Access) and Page layout App (Publisher).
  • Comes in various variants- Office Home and Student, Office Home and Business, Office Standard, Office Professional, Office Professional Plus.
  • One-time purchase and Lifetime validity.
  • Provides frequent stability and security updates, though no feature updates.
  • 5 years of mainstream support but no tech support beyond installation.

What is Office 365?

Update: The Office 365 products will no longer be branded as “Office 365” but rather will be rebranded to “Microsoft 365” and the name was made effective from April 21, 2020.

Office 365 (now called Microsoft 365) is a subscription-based service from Microsoft which offers the same suite of famous Microsoft apps as that in Office 2019 but with some add-on features and services. Cloud and AI support are among the most talked about features from all of them.

Office 365 or Microsoft 365 constantly gives you features and software updates with which your system will always be up to date.

Features of Office 365 or Microsoft 365

  • Don’t need to pay upfront i.e. you can spread out the cost.
  • It offers Office Online web-based access to the core Office applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Office 365 or Microsoft 365 allows you to install Office on 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets or 5 mobile devices.
  • Free monthly credits to call via skype.
  • Office 365 or Microsoft 365 offers all Microsoft Office suite apps irrespective of the product you subscribe to including web-based apps and services like Teams, Stream, Yammer, etc.
  • Comes in various variants- Microsoft 365 Family, Microsoft 365 Personal, Microsoft 365 Business Basic, Microsoft 365 Business Standard, Microsoft 365 Business Premium.
  • All Office 365 or Microsoft 365 plans include 1TB of Cloud Storage, web-based apps and unique AI features like “PowerPoint Designers”.
  • Continuous monthly updates to new features, frequent stability, and security updates.
  • Provides mainstream and full tech support until the subscription period.

Comparison Chart of Microsoft Office 2019 vs 365

 FeatureOffice 365 or Microsoft 365Office 2019
Purchase typeMonthly or Annually Subscription-basedOne-time purchase
ValidityDepends on the subscribed productLifetime
License TypeSubscriptionDepending on the product, Standard or open (charged up-gradation)
InstallationsDepending on the product, Office 365 can be installed on 5 PCs or 5 Macs, 5 tablets and 5 mobile devicesDepending on the product, Office 2019 can be installed on 1 PC or Mac
Compatibility Windows 7 and up
Mac OS 10.10 and up
Windows 10 and up
Mac OS 10.12 and upFew versions can be installed on Windows-based system only
MS Office SuiteAll core traditional apps in any productDepending on the product, the range of apps are available
Cloud storage1 TB per user for 5 users×
Skype minutes60 minutes per user for 5 users×
Feature updates×
Tech supportLimited
Cloud-based apps (Teams, Stream, Yammer, etc.)×
AI-based features (e.g. PowerPoint Designers)×
Multiple device connectivity×



It is clear that Microsoft wants everybody to opt for Office 365 or Microsoft 365. The reason majorly being that it is easy for Microsoft to give updates through this online version. Also, it is difficult for anyone who wants the latest version of the software in his system all the time using cracked versions of the software. It is also true that anyone can achieve better business outcomes if they are using the modern productivity tool and using the cloud to access the documents via any logged-in device.

Now, do you know why Microsoft Excel and Power BI are two of the best tools provided by Microsoft? Again, why there is a need to learn both of these tools?

If you are interested in these then we recommend you to read our blog on MS Power BI for all professionals. Also, check the various levels of courses on Excel by Edu4Sure. Happy working!


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