Microsoft Office dates back almost three decades as a product line, with early versions essentially combining Word , Excel and PowerPoint into a discounted bundle. Microsoft 365 (formerly known as Office 365), which has been available since 2011, differs in two respects from that old-fashioned bundle: firstly, it is licensed as a monthly or annual subscription rather than a perpetual license. Second, along with conventional mobile applications, it incorporates a range of online services including business-class email, cloud file storage, and secure communication tools.
Since this is a subscription service, these desktop programs are automatically modified when there is a new version available.
If your subscription is current, you will receive the latest versions on the same calendar as Windows 10 which are typically updated every six months.
Microsoft 365 is available in Family and Personal versions (formerly known as Office 365 Home and Personal, respectively) intended for personal , non-commercial use by families, students, and individuals.