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Microsoft Office comparison: 365 vs. 2019 vs. Online

There is no longer only one office. These days, users are forced to choose between Office 365, Office 2019 or Office Online. I'll tell you which version suits you best.

Office 365 Home, Office 365 Personal, Office Home & Business, Home & Student 2019, Premium, Professional – even Microsoft employees are finding it difficult to keep track of all these names. Office programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. are now available as subscriptions, as free online versions or classic versions at a fixed price. I'm going to compare the most relevant versions so that you can find the right Office for you.

Office 2019

Digital pens enjoy broad support on all Office products.

Office 2019 is the classic version of Office. You buy it once at a fixed price and then it's yours forever. You'll get security updates, but no new features. If there's an update with amazing new features that comes out years later, then you're out of luck. That's why users of the 2016 version are excited for new features that Office 365 users have had for ages. These include new visualization capabilities, the integrated Microsoft Translator, support for LaTeX formulas, support for digital pens, and more.

Another disadvantage is that you can only use Office 2019 on one device and with one account. So if you have a PC and a notebook, you'll need to log off a device before you can install the software on the new device. Cloud features such as AI won't be available to you. But you can also save and synchronize your documents with OneDrive, Dropbox etc. if you want to access them with mobile apps.

Office 2019 includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, or OneNote depending on the version. Prices vary strongly.

Who should get it?

With a wide range of 3D objects, you can pimp your documents.

If you depend on the functionality of a full-fledged office and don't feel like paying new subscription fees every year, then Office 2019 might be just right for you. With the one-time acquisition costs, you spend the least in the long run. Compared to non-Microsoft products, Office lets you benefit from compatibility with other versions of Office. If you primarily communicate with people who also use Microsoft Office, this is a clear advantage. Formatting problems still occur regularly when documents are exchanged between Google Docs, Microsoft Word and Open Office, for example.

If it's enough for you not to share Office 2019 with anyone and you just want to install it on one device, then you're not doing much wrong.

  • Office Home and Business 2019 (German, Windows, Mac OS X)
  • Office Home and Business 2019 (German, Windows, Mac OS X)
CHF 274.–
Microsoft Office Home and Business 2019 (German, Windows, Mac OS X)
If you opt for Office Home & Business 2019, you can use the proven Office applications Install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook on a PC, Mac or Laptop and use them both for business and private purposes.
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  • More than 10 piece(s)
    in our warehouse

Collection

  • Basel: tomorrow at 12:30
  • Bern: tomorrow at 12:00
  • Dietikon: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Geneva: tomorrow at 14:00
  • Kriens: tomorrow at 13:00
  • Lausanne: tomorrow at 12:30
  • St Gallen: tomorrow at 13:00
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 12:00
  • Wohlen: tomorrow at 11:00
  • Zurich: 6 piece(s)

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  • Office Home & Student 2019 (German, Windows, Mac OS X)
  • Office Home & Student 2019 (German, Windows, Mac OS X)
CHF 139.–
Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019 (German, Windows, Mac OS X)
Go for Office Home & Student 2019 and you can download the brand new versions of the proven Office applications Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote on a PC or Mac for private use.
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  • More than 10 piece(s)
    in our warehouse

Collection

  • Basel: tomorrow at 12:30
  • Bern: tomorrow at 12:00
  • Dietikon: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Geneva: tomorrow at 14:00
  • Kriens: tomorrow at 13:00
  • Lausanne: tomorrow at 12:30
  • St Gallen: tomorrow at 13:00
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 12:00
  • Wohlen: Only 1 piece(s)
  • Zurich: 5 piece(s)

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Office Professional 2019 (German, French, Italian, English, Windows)
CHF 569.–
Microsoft Office Professional 2019 (German, French, Italian, English, Windows)
These are the tools you need
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  • approx. 2 – 4 days
    > 5 item(s) ready for shipment from external warehouse

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Office 365

Office is also available for Mac, of course.

Office 365 is the subscription version of Microsoft's Software hub. You can choose between a monthly subscription or a yearly subscription. In return, you get an always up-to-date version of Office. All programs contained are constantly updated, both with security patches and with new functions. Here you too can choose from various offers (students, business, etc.). Unlike Office 2019, you don't have to wait years for a new version to be released to implement improvements. Office 365 is continuously being expanded.

In addition, you benefit from 1 TB of cloud storage with OneDrive. This usually goes far beyond your Excel files and PowerPoint presentations. If you use OneDrive as your storage location, your documents are constantly synchronised. As you can use Office 365 on multiple devices, you can access the latest versions of your data from anywhere. Office 365 can also be used by a total of six people. Unlike Office 2019, you are not limited to one device and one person. The online function allows several people to work on the same document in real time.

The differences between the different versions Home & Student, Home, Personal etc. primarily concern the scope of software, the number of possible users as well as the number of users who benefit from the 1 TB cloud storage.

Who should get it?

PowerPoint presentations still aren't obsolete quite yet.

If you always want the latest version of Office, there's no way around Office 365. The question here is whether you really need the new features. If you want to work with Word and Co. on several devices, you will need the Office subscription version. If you also want to share your Office with friends and acquaintances, this will only be possible with the 365 version.

If you're working with large data masses such as videos, etc., you might save money with the built-in 1TB OneDrive storage, otherwise you'll have to buy cloud storage space from a third-party manufacturer.

The monthly subscription is only worthwhile for sporadic use. If you decide to use Office 365, you should take out an annual subscription in most cases.

  • Office 365 Home (German, Windows, Mac OS X)
  • Office 365 Home (German, Windows, Mac OS X)
CHF 89.–
Microsoft Office 365 Home (German, Windows, Mac OS X)
With Office 365 Home, up to 5 more users have access to the latest versions of Office applications. Whether you work with a PC, prefer a Mac, or use a tablet. Includes: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access
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  • More than 10 piece(s)
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  • Basel: tomorrow at 12:30
  • Bern: tomorrow at 12:00
  • Dietikon: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Geneva: tomorrow at 14:00
  • Kriens: tomorrow at 13:00
  • Lausanne: tomorrow at 12:30
  • St Gallen: tomorrow at 13:00
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 12:00
  • Wohlen: Only 1 piece(s)
  • Zurich: tomorrow at 12:15

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  • Office 365 Personal (German, Windows, Mac OS X)
  • Office 365 Personal (German, Windows, Mac OS X)
CHF 65.–
Microsoft Office 365 Personal (German, Windows, Mac OS X)
Office 365 Personal provides you with the latest versions of Office applications.
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  • More than 10 piece(s)
    in our warehouse

Collection

  • Basel: tomorrow at 12:30
  • Bern: tomorrow at 12:00
  • Dietikon: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Geneva: tomorrow at 14:00
  • Kriens: tomorrow at 13:00
  • Lausanne: tomorrow at 12:30
  • St Gallen: tomorrow at 13:00
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 12:00
  • Wohlen: tomorrow at 11:00
  • Zurich: tomorrow at 12:15

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  • Office 365 Business Premium (German, Android, Windows, Mac OS X)
  • Office 365 Business Premium (German, Android, Windows, Mac OS X)
CHF 145.–
Microsoft Office 365 Business Premium (German, Android, Windows, Mac OS X)
With Office 365 Business Premium, the latest versions of Office applications, business apps and services are available on up to 5 devices. Whether you work with a PC, prefer a Mac, or use a tablet.
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Availability

Mail delivery

  • More than 10 piece(s)
    in our warehouse

Collection

  • Basel: tomorrow at 12:30
  • Bern: tomorrow at 12:00
  • Dietikon: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Geneva: tomorrow at 14:00
  • Kriens: tomorrow at 13:00
  • Lausanne: tomorrow at 12:30
  • St Gallen: tomorrow at 13:00
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 12:00
  • Wohlen: tomorrow at 11:00
  • Zurich: tomorrow at 12:15

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Office Online

All important programs are free too.

Not all Office versions are subject to payment. Competition from Google Docs and Co. forced Microsoft to provide a free online version. With Office Online, you have unlimited access to all important programs such as Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Only a few specific applications such as Access or Publisher are reserved for the paid versions. The web versions are a little slimmed down when it comes to functions. Thanks to the table of contents, footnotes and the like, you can also use them to write your grand works.

Because it's an online version, documents are stored on Microsoft's server. If you don't like OneDrive, you can also select Dropbox. So you can log in from anywhere and finish up your texts and presentations. You can also share your documents with others and work on them together.

A decisive disadvantage of Office Online is that the name is meant literally. Unlike Google Docs, nothing works without an Internet connection. If you lose your connection while working, you can continue writing, but it will not be saved again until you have an Internet connection. You can't even start the applications without an active connection.

Who should get it?

An active Internet connection is mandatory for Office Online.

You don't feel like spending money on Office, but you don't want to switch to alternatives, then take a look at Office Online. You get all the important Office programs for free. You compromise on features, but most of them should work fine with the existing functions. A major disadvantage is the online constraint. Office Online does not work without an Internet connection.

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Philipp Rüegg, Zurich

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Being the game and gadget geek that I am, working at digitec and Galaxus makes me feel like a kid in a candy shop – but it does take its toll on my wallet. I enjoy tinkering with my PC in Tim Taylor fashion and talking about games on my podcast . To satisfy my need for speed, I get on my full suspension mountain bike and set out to find some nice trails. My thirst for culture is quenched by deep conversations over a couple of cold ones at the mostly frustrating games of FC Winterthur.

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User JTR.ch

Also ich kaufe Office 365 eigentlich nur wegen den 6x 1TB Onedrive Speicher. Der Rest ist nette Beigabe. Und da meist kurz vor Weihnachten Digitec alljährlich Rabatt auf das Abo gibt, bin ich mit 49.-CHF/Jahr echt günstig dabei. Allen voran weil das in meinem Fall 5 Leuten und meiner Homepage alle Daten sichert.

17.06.2019
User pologti6

Genau das mache ich auch!

17.06.2019
User patrick.koehler

ich mach es genau gleich, ich kauf mir die Office 365 Aktionen wo es gibt im Jahr.

18.06.2019
User fluxxis

Ist auch mein Vorgehe. Aufgeteilt in der Familie unschlagbar günstig wenn man den Online-Speicher benötigt. Onedrive als App finde ich ebenfalls gut (nur für Bilder ist Google Fotos noch vorne) und Office oben drauf, so dass man sich nicht LibreOffice geben muss, da kann man sich wirklich nicht beklagen.

18.06.2019
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User rem3_1415926

Ich würde an dieser Stelle gerne noch LibreOffice erwähnen, das für Privatgebrauch eigentlich gleichwertig ist - aber open source und gratis. Weswegen Digitec halt auch keinen Umsatz machen kann damit...

Die Bedienoberfläche ist etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig, wenn man von Microsoft Office umsteigt, aber mir persönlich gefällt sie besser, da das 16:9 Format der heutigen Bildschirme besser ausgenutzt wird. Grundsätzlich ist es zu MS office kompatibel, nur die Powerpoint Animationen können nicht (richtig) übernommen werden und manchmal wird das Layout etwas verhunzt, aber da ist MS Office ja bekannt dafür...

18.06.2019
User Beat42

Ich finde es toll, das jemand LibreOffice erwähnt.
Die Benutzeroberfläche kann man ab Verion 6.2. in den Modus "In Registern" ändern. Dann hat man eine ähniche Oberfläche wie bei MS Office 2010+.
Unter Ansicht->Benutzeroberfläche lässt sich diese einfach per klick nach aktuellem Wunsch ändern.

02.07.2019
User shamara.leibundgut

Ich benutze openOffice, auch aus dem Grund weil Opensource und gratis. Jo, vieleicht nicht gerade gut, für Digitec wegen Umsatz und so. Sry @ Digitec :)

03.07.2019
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User Pott I

Wie sieht es bei Office 365 mit der Internetverbindung aus? Kann ich damit ganz offline arbeiten?
Du musst ja monatlich/jährlich dein Abo verlängern, dann will das Programm bestimmt auch mal wieder die Lizenz überprüfen. Wie lange kann ich damit offline arbeiten, wenn überhaupt?

18.06.2019
User andreaswa

Ja, man kann problemlos offline arbeiten. Gemäss Microsoft und meinen eigenen Erfahrungen muss man sich lediglich innerhalb von 30 Tagen (bei einem Jahresabo) einmal online anmelden. Auf meinen Reisen in verschiedene Länder hat das tipp top funktioniert.

18.06.2019
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User benjamin.escher

Ich besorg mir immer eine ältere Office Version für etwa CHF 15 und versteh nicht wieso man sich was anderes holen sollte (ausser dem genannten Cloude Speicher, aber da gibts auch günstigere Varianten)

18.06.2019
User patrick.koehler

wenn du mal eine 4-5 Köpfige Familie mit Office ausrüsten willst, ist es mit O365 Abo einfacher und wohl günstiger.
ich share meine 2 übrigen Lizenzen mit Freunden, natürlich nicht Gratis :) für ein kleines Bazen pro Jahr :)

18.06.2019
User benjamin.escher

Okay, das verstehe ich wiederum sehr gut. Ist bei mir noch nicht so weit ;) aber werd ich mir für die Zukunft merken ;)

18.06.2019
User justthink

Mach ich auch so, da ich den Speicher nicht brauche. Auf Rakuten in Deutschland findet man sehr günstig eine Volumenlizens für alle Office-versionen. In Deutschland musste Microsoft es erlauben, dass Volumenlizensen weiterverkauft werden dürfen, dadurch ist es dort so günstig.

18.06.2019
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User Anonymous

Eine gute Idee mal einen Überblick zu geben. Allerdings ist der Artikel länglich und teilweise sehr unpräzise.
Denn es scheint mir wichtig zu betonen, dass Du neu im Office 365 6 (anstatt früher 5) User haben kannst. Also 20% mehr.
Auch beim OneDrive, da hast Du neu 6x 1TB CloudSpace.
Persönlich war ich anfangs auch skeptisch bei Office als Abo. Aber meine Erfahrungen zeigten, dass es super funktioniert.
Und wenn Du die neue Lizenz kaufst wenn gerade Discount ist, so bist Du für 50.- bis 70.- Franken wieder 12 Monate dabei.

26.06.2019