How Office 365 will save your business money

by | Jun 2, 2016 | Office 365, Business


Moving into the cloud can be a daunting task, but if your company is looking to update from a legacy version of Microsoft Office then Office 365 will almost always be the most cost effective upgrade route. SpireTech can help make the transition painless.

The biggest difference between Office 365 from Office 2016 is that rather than buying software to keep, you pay a monthly or annual subscription; essentially renting the software. This is far from being the only difference. While Office 2016 can only be installed on one computer, Office 365 can be used on up to five PCs (and Macs) for one price. Office as a one-time purchase includes applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for use on a single PC or Mac. For Office 2016 the applications are not automatically updated; to get the latest version, you must purchase Office again when the new version becomes available. Office 365 always has the latest version of the Office applications and keeps them up to date. With Office 365 you can manage all of your employee’s subscriptions from one simple web interface. For example, if several people leave your company you don’t have to worry about their Office 365 license going out the door with them, instead you can reissue their licenses to new users quickly and easily.

Lets go over some of the different offerings for Office 365 and Office 2016

Office 365

FeaturesBusinessBusiness PremiumOffice Pro PlusEnterprise E3
Maximum Users300300UnlimitedUnlimited
SpireTech VIP Support100% local Portland-based Technicians.????
Fully Installed Office applications


Includes Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and OneNote on up to 5 PC’s or Macs/User

Microsoft Access included  ??
Business class Email, Calendar, and Contacts


Easy to use web-based Outlook with 50GB of storage/account.

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Price per user, billed monthly (one year commitment)Current VIP Support customers receive $10 off listed price.$18.30$22.50$22$30

SpireTech bundles our 100% local VIP support services with our office 365 packages, however any SpireTech clients that are subscribed to our Proactive support package will receive a discount off of our listed prices for Office 365. Our full comparison can be found at our Office 365 page

Office 2016

FeaturesOffice Home & Business 2016Office Professional 2016
Machines it may be installed on11
Fully Installed Office applicationsIncludes Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and OneNote??
Microsoft Access and Publisher included ?

To illustrate how much money you could save in the first year with our VIP Support discount lets break down the costs of upgrading to the latest version of Microsoft Office versus Upgrading to the latest version of Office 365 for a business with 40 employees.

 Without Publisher & AccessOffice 365 BusinessOffice Home & Business 2016
Cost per User$8.30$229.99
Initial Cost$332.00$9,199.60
Cost after 1 year$3,984.00$9,199.60
With Publisher & AccessOffice 365 Pro PlusOffice Professional 2016
Cost per User$12$399.99
Initial Cost$480.00$15,999.60
Cost after 1 year$5,760.00$15,999.60

For the first year of Office 365 it would still be less than half of the cost of the standalone Microsoft Office Saving you money, both in the short term, and in the long term while providing more functionality.

SpireTech’s pricing for Office365 and available bundles can be viewed at: Office 365.