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originally posted by: Zcustosmorum
a reply to: Boadicea
Maybe I'm missing something...
...but if you got a new 64 bit computer then why bother updating the old? Additionally, and not sure about this, but knowing Microsoft, I think the old version of Office will only work on the machine it's on, so you'll probably have to buy new version, or if you have a Microsoft account, the download should be there somewhere
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originally posted by: narrator
A 64 bit computer will run 32 bit office. I recommend 32 bit for most people, other than power users (accountants using HUGE spreadsheets in Excel, folks like that).
I highly recommend upgrading from Office '03, it's going to give you trouble: i.e. if you ever send documents to someone else who has a newer version, they may not be able to open the document, or the format could be really messed up as well.
It's a common misconception that you can't use Office 365 offline, you definitely can, you just need to connect to the internet once every 30 days to maintain your 365 subscription. Plus, 365 comes with a terabyte of cloud storage, so you can free up some space on your hard drive.
Having said that, 365 is a subscription service, not a 1 time purchase. So you pay $99.99 per year, or $9.99 per month. That comes with routine updates, higher security in the software, etc. However, if you'd rather just have a one-off purchase...
...I'd recommend Office 2016 for Home use, not business. A one time cost, but doesn't come with big updates (once there's a new version, like Office 2019 or whatever, you can't upgrade to it like you could with 365).
originally posted by: deltaalphanovember
a reply to: narrator
Options are good ... free options are better
That being said, if one is a Power Office user, then bite the bullet and purchase the darned Microsoft licence ...