MS 365 vs. Word, Excel and Outlook


brucemc777

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I have been an Office 365 subscriber for a number of years now, after buying releases starting somewhere prior to 1995 i think (OK, i admit, my memory is very VERY poor).

The only parts i still use are Outlook, Excel and Word, and i think i get Outlook through an MS Exchange server subscription through GoDaddy, though i really can no longer recall.

I want to dump the Office 365 subscription. I have no use for the other apps included, and i have no use for the security nor program "enhancements" they push, and no use for SAS in this case.

My issue is basically a fear of going off into the unknown to do this. I am going to be happy with any release of these programs since 2015, but i am afraid of doing an open search, finding and buying something off eBay or the like, and then finding that i have downloaded either corrupt or illegal software. On the other hand, i have no motivation to send MS any more of my money and i do not need the latest release by any means.

Would one of you good people out there who knows how this all works be able to give me some guidance please?

Thank you,
-Bruce
 
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A lot of folks on here have had success with licenses from Stack social...


 

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Never knew of them, just took a look, thank you!!!
 

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Never knew of them, just took a look, thank you!!!
If it were me, I would wait until you see a decent offer from checking their website, it does vary a lot.
 

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Well, as my 365 sub renewed a month ago, i've got time... :)
 

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A lot of folks on here have had success with licenses from Stack social
2 years now, $30 bucks, can't beat that!
 

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Would one of you good people out there who knows how this all works be able to give me some guidance please?
One thing to be aware of is that with your 365 subscription you get 1TB of OneDrive storage; but if you cancel your subscription, that storage space drops to 5gig, and anything over that is subject to being deleted.

You will of course be notified and warned to remove said files before action is taken, but eventually the files will be deleted in not removed. Additionally, you will not be able to sync / upload files until you are below the new storage limit.

Of course, if you're not using OneDrive this wouldn't be an issue.

Just FYI.
 
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    Logitech MX Master
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    This is my backup system.
One thing to be aware of is that with your 365 subscription you get 1TB of OneDrive storage; but if you cancel your subscription, that storage space drops to 5TB, and anything over that is subject to being deleted.
Isn't that the wrong direction?

I got a new HP Notebook 3 weeks ago for $175, included a year of Microsoft 365. And I don't use OneDrive, no need for it.

I have been an Office 365 subscriber for a number of years now, after buying releases starting somewhere prior to 1995 i think (OK, i admit, my memory is very VERY poor).
Office 365 is only a few years old. I had Office 4.3 back in the late '90s which included Word 6, it wasn't until Office 2016 coordinated the apps version numbers in the suite to version 16, before that the apps had different numbers from the suite they were in.
 

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    12GB
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    256GB SSD NVMe
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I thinks it should be 5 GB in stead of 5 TB. ;-)
Yes, it's 5gig not TB. Obviously if you "read" the post where is says "drops", then we know 1 to 5TB isn't a "drop", so an error o_O

One thing to be aware of is that with your 365 subscription you get 1TB of OneDrive storage; but if you cancel your subscription, that storage space drops to 5TB, and anything over that is subject to being deleted.

Sorry.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 (Build 22631.3296)
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    PC/Desktop
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    Intel i9-9900K
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    Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Xtreme
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    32G (4x8) DDR4 Corsair RGB Dominator Platinum (3600Mhz)
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    Radeon VII
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    Onboard (ESS Sabre HiFi using Realtek drivers)
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    NEC PA242w (24 inch)
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    1920 x 1200
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    5 Samsung SSD drives: 2X 970 NVME (512 & 1TB), 3X EVO SATA (2X 2TB, 1X 1TB)
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    EVGA Super Nova I000 G2 (1000 watt)
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    Cooler Master H500M
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    Corsair H115i RGB Platinum
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    Logitech Craft
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    Logitech MX Master 3
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    Gigabyte GA-Z270X-GAMING 8
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    32G (4x8) DDR4 Corsair Dominator Platinum (3333Mhz)
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    Dell U2415 (24 inch)
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    3 Samsung SSD drives: 1x 512gig 950 NVMe drive (OS drive), 1 x 512gig 850 Pro, 1x 256gig 840 Pro.
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    EVGA Super Nova 1000 P2 (1000 watt)
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    Phantek Enthoo Luxe
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    Corsair H100i
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    Logitech MX Master
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    Logitech MK 710
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    100MB
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    Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
    Other Info
    This is my backup system.

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 (Build 22631.3296)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom built
    CPU
    Intel i9-9900K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Xtreme
    Memory
    32G (4x8) DDR4 Corsair RGB Dominator Platinum (3600Mhz)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon VII
    Sound Card
    Onboard (ESS Sabre HiFi using Realtek drivers)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    NEC PA242w (24 inch)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    5 Samsung SSD drives: 2X 970 NVME (512 & 1TB), 3X EVO SATA (2X 2TB, 1X 1TB)
    PSU
    EVGA Super Nova I000 G2 (1000 watt)
    Case
    Cooler Master H500M
    Cooling
    Corsair H115i RGB Platinum
    Keyboard
    Logitech Craft
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    500mb Download. 11mb Upload
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
    Other Info
    System used for gaming, photography, music, school.
  • Operating System
    Win 10 Pro 22H2 (build 19045.2130)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-7700K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-Z270X-GAMING 8
    Memory
    32G (4x8) DDR4 Corsair Dominator Platinum (3333Mhz)
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon R9 Fury
    Sound Card
    Onboard (Creative Sound Blaster certified ZxRi)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U2415 (24 inch)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    3 Samsung SSD drives: 1x 512gig 950 NVMe drive (OS drive), 1 x 512gig 850 Pro, 1x 256gig 840 Pro.
    PSU
    EVGA Super Nova 1000 P2 (1000 watt)
    Case
    Phantek Enthoo Luxe
    Cooling
    Corsair H100i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech MK 710
    Internet Speed
    100MB
    Browser
    Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
    Other Info
    This is my backup system.
Frankly, i am paranoid over the potential for cloud storage to be hacked; i seldom use any and over time with different ones (seemingly) downsizing or eliminating/transitioning requirements, i see them as one more source for future issue. I am fortunate as they solve no issues for me-
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 for Workstations with 6 or more cores
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell
    CPU
    Intel(R) Xeon(R) W-1370P @ 3.60GHz 3.60 GHz
    Memory
    16.0 GB (15.7 GB usable)

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