Windows 10: Office 2016 has suddenly become Office 365. Is this normal?

  1.    20 Mar 2018 #1

    Office 2016 has suddenly become Office 365. Is this normal?


    Until recently I had Office 2010 installed on my laptop, but after serious software problems, the technician at the university department where I work replaced it with Office 2016.
    Last night I added some additional language packs to Office, and then noticed when I started up Word and Outlook this morning that instead of seeing Word/Outlook - Office 2016 I now get Word/Outlook - Office 365. Is this 'update' normal? And am I going to have to pay every so often to maintain Office 365 (I read somewhere that it is not an upfront payment like Office 2016, but a type of subscription service).

    Florio
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       20 Mar 2018 #2

    I'd check with your I.T. person to see what was purchased.
    These links are legitimate:
    Your request appears to be from an automated process
    Whats the difference between Office 365 and Office 2016? - Office 365

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  3.    20 Mar 2018 #3

    Thanks for the reply, Berton. The version originally installed on my laptop was Office 2016; it was under licence to the university I work for, and has been installed on various PCs in my department. I obviously paid nothing for it. I have just checked out Office 365 (thanks for the link), and it is in fact a subscription service. I didn't request an update, and was happy with Office 2016. As far as you know, is it possible to go back to the previous version?

    Florio
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       20 Mar 2018 #4

    Is there a problem with your Office 365? Have you tried opening an Office application while not connected to the Network and Internet? The only issue I've seen, on a client's computer, was he had to sign in at least once a month to keep it activated. Again, it may depend upon what was purchased, most companies and institutions will get the Enterprise pricing to cover a large number of computers.
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  5.    20 Mar 2018 #5

    AFAIK, Office 2016 and Office 365 run the same versions of the primary apps -- e.g. Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and so forth. Unless you absolutely must have a standalone executable, because Office 365 apps don't require an Internet connection to work offline, there's not much difference between the two. See this Support.Office article for more information about how, when and why such differences will indeed matter in the future: What's the difference between Office 365 and Office 2016?
    HTH,
    --Ed--
    Last edited by EdTittel; 20 Mar 2018 at 10:29. Reason: fix typo
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  6.    20 Mar 2018 #6

    Many thanks for your feedback, guys. No, I don't think there are any problems with Office 365, but as I mentioned earlier, I've only had it since this morning!
    I do not have a personal Microsoft account, so it will be interesting to see what happens after a month. But precisely because I don't have an account, I can hardly be expected to sign in. I'll just have to assume that the university will handle the expenses!

    Florio
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