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The best Microsoft Office and Microsoft 365 deals in May 2022

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Even with the rise of Google Workspace and other free office software, there are many who prefer to use Microsoft Office programs for work tasks. It can come with a hefty upfront cost, though. Whether you want to go for the subscription-based Microsoft 365 or one-off payment with Microsoft Office 2021, we've got all of today's best prices right here.

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. 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 looking to treat yourself to a new Office suite, you might also be in the market for a new laptop. Be sure to check out one of our guides so you can get the best price on the latest cheap laptop deals.

Buy Microsoft 365 Personal or Family

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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 advantages of using Microsoft 365 include having access to all the latest versions of programs in the Microsoft Office suite and having 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage.

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

Microsoft 365 Business

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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 Office 2021

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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, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Publisher, 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?

James Pickard is a Deals Editor at TechRadar. After many years of scouring the net for the cheapest games and tech for his own personal use, he decided to make it his job to share those bargains with you. James also has over five years of experience covering some of the biggest sales events of the year at Eurogamer and VG247, including Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Amazon Prime Day. When not deals hunting, James can be found on the PS5, watching a classic film noir or cheering on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.