Get $14,000 in Software for $99 with Microsoft Office 365

Overview

You’ve probably heard of Microsoft Office 365, the $99 per year subscription service that includes the full suite of Microsoft’s latest Office 2016 software, plus some other software.

Is an Annual Subscription a Good Deal?

Most people think of subscription services as a rip-off. Instead of paying annually, they’d rather purchase Microsoft Office for about $130 as a one-time purchase and keep it forever. However, every 2 or 3 years Microsoft releases a new version and it’s generally a good idea to stay current.

Here’s what you get for the $99 per year subscription fee to Office 365.

  • Word, Excel, PowerPoint ($125 on Amazon)
  • Outlook ($220 on Amazon)
  • Publisher ($240 on Amazon)
  • Access ($110 on Amazon)
  • One Note
  • 1,000 GB of cloud storage with OneDrive
  • Email services with Outlook online

TOTAL COST SOLD SEPARATELY: $695

But Wait, There’s More

Using the Microsoft Office 365 subscription, you can install the above software on 5 computers (a $3,475 value), or share the subscription with four other people (or any mix of installs and shares). When you share with others, they can install on 5 of their own computers or devices.

So, if you use the purchasing user account for one of the installations (required), then share your Office 365 subscription with four people, there can be a potential for a total of 21 computers to have the full suite of software listed above.

That’s 21 computers with $695 in software
for a total of $14,595 in value for only $99 per year.

Limitations

Keep in mind that the intention of the Office 365 license is to share among people in the same household or family. It’s not for business use or sharing with acquaintances. Each person with a shared account needs to login on their 5 computers with their own Microsoft account to activate the software. Other than this limitation, for those who are able to take full advantage of the subscription, it’s a great deal.

Video Overview of Office 365 Features

The video below provides an overview of Office 365 features.

 

Outlook Setup for Enterprise Use of Office 365

If you’re using an enterprise computer system that’s automatically configured to work with Outlook Exchange servers,  you’ll find that the setup process fails upon launching Outlook. This page describes what to do for first time use of an account.

You’ll need to cancel and quit out of the automated process, and then follow these steps.

  1. Go to Control Panel.
  2. Search for (or click on) the Mail icon.
  3. An account may have been automatically generated. It’s the one that failed to setup properly. You can delete that one (assuming you’ve never used it and this is a first-time setup).
  4. Add an account.
  5. Provide your email address and password.
  6. Outlook should properly configure for you and automatically identify that you’re using an Office 365 enterprise email account.