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Upgrade to Office 2016 Through Office 365

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Upgrade to Office 2016 Through Office 365

I can upgrade from Office 2013 to 2016 through Office 365. The question I have is if I do that way, will the license for Office 2016 expire when the license for Office 365 expires? My 2013 is a few years old now and isn't tied to Office 365 in any way.
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Phils wrote: I can upgrade from Office 2013 to 2016 through Office 365. The question I have is if I do that way, will the license for Office 2016 expire when the license for Office 365 expires? My 2013 is a few years old now and isn't tied to Office 365 in any way.
I have wondered about the Office licensing for 365 as well. What is wrong with 2013 that makes you want to upgrade? Why not keep running 2013.

And in the meantime, you may want to check out LibreOffice: free-replacement-microsoft-office-suite-1950815/

Or even try Google Docs. Both are very good at word processing / spreadsheet usage.
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I'm asking about 2016 because O365 is showing that I can upgrade.
I'm not suffering with 2013 but why not upgrade if it's offered?

I have no interest in LibreOffice.
I practically live in Outlook and make my living with Excel.
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Phils wrote: I can upgrade from Office 2013 to 2016 through Office 365.
You might want to check to see if you can't upgrade through 2016 via upgrade rights in 2013, leaving O365 out of the equation.
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Phils wrote: I practically live in Outlook and make my living with Excel.
I'm in the same boat. These are the only two applications I use

From my understanding, 365 expires after a year. You have to constantly renew the licence. However it does offer you 5 licences per subscription
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Gee wrote: I'm in the same boat. These are the only two applications I use

From my understanding, 365 expires after a year. You have to constantly renew the licence. However it does offer you 5 licences per subscription
If Excel is your bread and butter, then why not just pay for the licensing?

Otherwise, if it's just spreadsheet calculations that feeds your family, then why not look at alternatives.
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Phils wrote: I can upgrade from Office 2013 to 2016 through Office 365. The question I have is if I do that way, will the license for Office 2016 expire when the license for Office 365 expires? My 2013 is a few years old now and isn't tied to Office 365 in any way.
Office 365 is subscription service. The license is only valid as long as you have an active subscription. You would not really be ugrading from 13 to 16, you are technically getting a new subscription license to 16.

How often do you upgrade office and how much does it cost you? Do you use it on macOS, iOS, android? How many licenses do you need? Is 60minutes of free skype or 1 TB of online storage per user of value to you?
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bowmah wrote: If Excel is your bread and butter, then why not just pay for the licensing?

Otherwise, if it's just spreadsheet calculations that feeds your family, then why not look at alternatives.
I wouldn't call it my bread and butter, I think I use Outlook more than I use Excel. But I use a lot of spreadsheets between other users. Everyone is on Excel, so alternatives are not really an option especially if there are complicated macros involved.

As far as licencing goes. I have a valid licence for 2013. I don't see a need to move to 2016 just yet and if I was to upgrade, I think the 365 service is a great deal since it allow for 5 licences. My cost is only $60 per year through work.
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Isn't office 365 and 2013 free for student emails? Even if you are not a student anymore.

I wonder if that deal end, how many students/ppl who signed up will lose their office
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Dynasty12345 wrote: Isn't office 365 and 2013 free for student emails? Even if you are not a student anymore.

I wonder if that deal end, how many students/ppl who signed up will lose their office
Student versions are usually crippled and missing Outlook.
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If you run office 365 then you should be able to download and install 2016 without any money inolved or additional commitments to service. Just go ahead and upgrade. 2016 looks identical to 2016 to me for my work so I am indifferent to either so why not just go with the newer version.

You can score good deals for Office (non 365) on ebay for cheap. I got mine for like $35 USD. I think O365 is around $50 for 3 user edition on ebay.
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Right now I have a standard O213 license through work which I was given as part of a subcontract from the company that gives me work. I believe it was through Technet.

Last year, they moved to O365. If I upgrade to Office 365 / Office 2016, I would be licensed through their company O365 subscription but as a subcontractor, I can't count on that forever and don't want to be out-of-business if we sever ties.

I also work on SAP BPC which installs an add-on to Excel so Excel is a must.

As for student emails, I'm long past that time.
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honestly, Office 2016 is much better than Office 2013, more stable, better interface, better integration with online services.

what is going to happen to your O2013 license if you sever ties with the company?
if you need to give it back, then there is no difference what to give back - O2013 or O2016.
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I had a licensed install of office 2010. When we went to office 365, I used it to download office 2013. It installs as a second instance of office, so I could use either 2010 or 2013.

Likewise, we just went to office 2016 via office 365. When I downloaded it, it replaced office 2013.

So I still have my licensed version of office 2010 plus office 2016 (via office 365) installed on the same PC
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Phils wrote: Right now I have a standard O213 license through work which I was given as part of a subcontract from the company that gives me work. I believe it was through Technet.

Last year, they moved to O365. If I upgrade to Office 365 / Office 2016, I would be licensed through their company O365 subscription but as a subcontractor, I can't count on that forever and don't want to be out-of-business if we sever ties.

I also work on SAP BPC which installs an add-on to Excel so Excel is a must.

As for student emails, I'm long past that time.
If they are paying for Office 365, then you can upgrade for free. If you sever ties and they reclaim the licence, you can always fall back to Office 2013, since TechNet licences never expire.
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Thanks guys. I was told by the IT guy that O2013 activations don't work anymore for them so I can't be sure that I can fall back if necessary at a later date. The only option is O365 and O2016 if I want to upgrade.

Based on that I think I'll just stick with O2013.
It's not like I'm suffering.
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So I upgraded to Windows 10 before the July 29 deadline and all went well. Then this morning, I installed an ssd in my laptop and that triggered an activation dialog in Office 2013 so I lost office 2013 anyway. 2013 was through technet and that's been replaced by Office 365 in the organization. I used 365 to upgrade to 2016 so I'm OK but just until we sever ties whenever that happens.
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