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The different types of Microsoft Office for business use

There are different types of Microsoft Office suites, but only 2 suites are specifically aimed at businesses and freelancers. These are Microsoft 365 Business Standard and Office 2019 Home and Business. On this page, I will explain which suite fits your usage situation best.

Choose the right Office

Microsoft 365 Business Standard Office Home and Business
Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, and Outlook Premium Classic
Business apps: Outlook Customer Manager, Bookings -
Services for businesses: Exchange Online, Skype Business, Microsoft Teams, SharePoint online -
1TB OneDrive online storage -
Including Access and Publisher -
Technical support from Microsoft Only for installation
License period Yearly subscription One-time purchase

Extra functions

Outlook Customer Manager.

Microsoft 365 Business Standard: business functions

Thanks to Microsoft 365 Business Standard, you can use the standard Office applications Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook. This suite also includes the business functions Bookings and Outlook Customer Manager. Outlook Customer Manager automatically organizes all client information, such as emails, meetings, phone calls, notes, tasks, deals, and deadlines. Your clients can use Microsoft Bookings to plan and manage any online commitments with you and your business.

Word and Outlook.

Office Home and Business: standard features

Office Home and Business allows you to use all 'regular' Office applications. You can write a report in Word, work on data analyses in Excel, create a presentation in Powerpoint, and send emails via Outlook. Extra business features aren't included in this suite.

Company or self-employed?

Several different people work together at a desk in the office.

Microsoft 365 Business Standard: working together online

If you have your own company and you want extra resources to improve how your employers work together online, choose this suite. This suite also includes business functions, such as Exchange Online, Skype Business, Microsoft Teams, SharePoint online, and 1TB OneDrive. These are complex names for essentially 'simple' functions: business email, online video calls, working together online, sharing knowledge online, and 1TB online storage.

Man works with pen on 2-in-1 business laptop.

Office Home and Business: work by yourself

This suite is specifically aimed at freelancers. Functions for working together online aren't included. You probably don't need these when you're self-employed. 1TB via OneDrive also isn't included, but you can buy this separately.

License period

Microsoft 365 Business Standard: annual subscription

You can use Microsoft 365 Business Standard on 1 PC or Mac at the same time. You can also use it on tablets and mobile devices. You need a separate license per person. The license period is 1 year, which means you have to renew it annually.

Office Home and Business: unlimited license period

Office Home and Business can only be installed on 1 PC or iMac at the same time. The license period is unlimited, which means it isn't linked to a specific time frame. You do have to purchase a new suite eventually, when your version of Office doesn't receive any more updates.

Technical support

Woman working behind a PC in the office.

Microsoft 365 Business Standard: support at all times

If there are problems with your Office suite, you want help as quickly as possible. The Business Standard suite includes support during your license period. When you experience technical problems, the Microsoft technical staff will support you online or via telephone.

Hipster girl working behind PC in coffee bar.

Office Home and Business: get support during installation only

Experience any problems when installing your suite? The Microsoft support team will help you with the installation via phone or online. If you experience problems after installation, Microsoft will no longer provide technical support.

Microsoft 365 Business Standard 1-year Subscription

  • Thanks to the Microsoft Bookings and Office Outlook Customer Manager applications, this Office suite is suitable for business use.
  • You can also install this suite on tablets and smartphones.
  • This suite includes the latest versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, and Publisher.
  • This suite includes 1TB online storage via OneDrive.
  • This is a 1-year subscription, after which you must renew the license yourself.
  • You have to download software before you can get started with this suite.

Microsoft Office 2019 Home and Business

  • This suite includes the latest versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, and Outlook.
  • This is a permanent license, so you don't have to renew it.
  • This suite is suitable for both Windows and Mac OS devices.
  • Office can only be installed on 1 computer. This license isn't suitable for multiple, similar devices.
  • This license doesn't include extra storage in OneDrive.

Microsoft 365 Business Standard 1-year Subscription FR

  • Thanks to the Microsoft Bookings and Office Outlook Customer Manager applications, this Office suite is suitable for business use.
  • You can also install this suite on tablets and smartphones.
  • This suite includes the latest versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, and Publisher.
  • This suite includes 1TB online storage via OneDrive.
  • This is a 1-year subscription, after which you must renew the license yourself.
  • You have to download software before you can get started with this suite.

Microsoft Office 2019 Home and Business FR

  • This suite includes the latest versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, and Outlook.
  • This is a permanent license, so you don't have to renew it.
  • This suite is suitable for both Windows and Mac OS devices.
  • Office can only be installed on 1 computer. This license isn't suitable for multiple, similar devices.
  • This license doesn't include extra storage in OneDrive.


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