If you still prefer to use Microsoft Office programs for work tasks even with the rise of Google Workspace and other free office software then here's where you can find the best deals today. We're here to save you some money with the cheapest prices for both the subscription-based Microsoft 365 and the full Microsoft Office 2021 package, which both feature heavily in the current back-to-school sales.
At its most basic level, you can get Word, Excel and Powerpoint as part of Microsoft 365 Personal or in the Microsoft Office 2021 Home and Student package. Deals on those products are the ones we're focusing on right here as they're the cheapest and most widely used. It gets more complicated beyond that, with different subscription tiers including Family, Business and Enterprise that have more specific use cases - though are relatively self-explanatory.
You could buy an Office subscription from Microsoft directly, but it's often possible to get a better deal from a reliable third-party retailer. If you're aiming to buy a new device at the same time, check out today's laptop deals as many of these include a limited-time subscription for free.
Buy Microsoft 365 Personal or Family
If you're looking to buy Microsoft 365, you should know that this is a subscription-based service. The prices below are for your first year for one user to use on one PC, along with a tablet or mobile too (for the Personal one) or up to six users (on the Family bundle).
The latter is particularly useful for editing documents on the go. So you could go from writing on the laptop/desktop to making a few changes or crucial last minute updates on your mobile or tablet.
If the online cloud storage and device switching won't be useful, we'd recommend scrolling further down this page and consider buying Microsoft Office Home and Student 2021 instead for a one-off fee but you won't get any updates.
Buy Microsoft 365 Business
There are four different Microsoft 365 business plans as of September 2021. Microsoft says that it changed the name to "to be more reflective of the range of features and benefits in the subscription. Microsoft 365 includes everything you know in Office 365, including best-in-class Office apps, intelligent cloud services, and advanced security."
- Microsoft 365 Business Basic (formerly Office 365 Business Essentials)
- Microsoft 365 Business Standard (formerly Office 365 Business Premium)
- Microsoft 365 Business Premium (formerly Microsoft 365 Business)
- Microsoft 365 Apps for business (formerly Office 365 Business)
Buy Microsoft Home & Student 2021
Microsoft certainly took its time to give us a new standalone Office package as it's moved its focus to the Microsoft 365 subscription service nowadays. But if you want a modern version of Office with just a simple one-time fee, this is the way to go.
You don't get the fancier cloud-based features and multi-device support that you do with Microsoft 365, but this can work out much cheaper in the long run.
As is usually the case, the cheapest option for Office 2021 is the "Home & Student" Edition, which comes with a single user license, allowing you to install the Office suite of apps on one device. It still comes with all the essential Office apps that are suitable for most users' needs: Word (opens in new tab), Excel (opens in new tab), PowerPoint (opens in new tab), Outlook (opens in new tab), Access (opens in new tab), Publisher (opens in new tab), and OneNote.
Got a laptop with no operating system? Here's where you can buy Windows 10 to go with your Microsoft Office purchase. You might also want to check out how to download and use Microsoft Word for free if you'd rather not hand over any cash.
For other devices, do take a look at the best MacBook deals going right now for the cheapest prices on Apple devices today. You can use Office on your tablet, too, so why not shop the iPad deals available today?