Should I Buy Office 2019 or Subscribe to Office 365?


July 06, 2021 - by Bill Jelen

Should I Buy Office 2019 or Subscribe to Office 365?

Problem: The Office 365 website is super-confusing. I don’t want to buy the wrong version.

Strategy: Office 365 is the only way to get you the full version of Excel. The $99 a year plan allows you to install Excel on six computers including a Mac. You might have to use Surveys instead of Forms and will be sent to the consumer OneDrive instead of OneDrive for Business. But it will get you all of the Excel that you need.


On the other hand, if you buy Office 2019, you will be missing many features: Geography & Stock data types, Artificial Intelligence with Ideas, Dynamic Arrays such as SORT, FILTER, UNIQUE and SEQUENCE. .



Bill Jelen is the author / co-author of:
MrExcel 2020 - Seeing Excel Clearly

This is a 4th edition of MrExcel LX. Updates for 2020 include: Ask a question about your data, XLOOKUP, Power Query's Data Profiling tools, How Geography Data Types decide which Madison, A SEQUENCE example for descending 52 weeks, Exchange Rates support in Stock Data Types, How to collapse the Search box, How to leave effective feedback for Microsoft, How to post your worksheet to the MrExcel Board using XL2BB.