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How to Upgrade Microsoft Office?

If you have a Microsoft 365 subscription that was purchased prior to the release of Office 2016, the good news is that you can upgrade to Office 2016 for free! If you don’t, you’ll have to buy an Office 365 membership or a perpetual license for Office 2016. In any case, we’ll walk you through the steps below to show you exactly what you need to do.

Upgrading from 2013 to 2016

  1. To get started, go to the Microsoft Account tab. It can be found at www.office.com/setup. You’ll actually have to log into your account because Microsoft doesn’t save your login information. Skip the next two steps if you’ve already signed in to your Microsoft account.
  2. Select Next after entering your email address. Your Microsoft email address must be entered (e.g., an Outlook, Live, or Hotmail address).
  3. Select Next after entering your password. This will take you to your Microsoft account page if your account details are right.
  4. Choose Services & Subscriptions from the drop-down menu. It’s a tab at the top of the page in the blue bar. This is where you can mention your current Office edition.
  5. Select Install Office from the drop-down menu. Below a textbox that says “New: Office 2016 is now open,” you should see this.
  6. Install should be chosen. This choice is located on the page’s left hand. This will launch the installation of Office 2016 on your machine.
  7. Double-click the Office installation file to start the installation process. It will be in the default downloads folder on your computer (e.g., the desktop).
  8. Give Space for the installation to complete. Microsoft Office should be updated to the latest version once your installation is complete.

Getting a Subscription to Office 365

  1. To get started, go to the Microsoft Store. Visit https://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en-us/home for more information.
  2. If you aren’t already signed in, go to the top-right corner of the page and press Sign-in, then enter your email address and password.
  3. Pick Applications & Apps from the drop-down menu. It’s a tab at the top of the page in the grey bar.
  4. Go to the Office tab. Below the Software & Apps tab, this option is near the top of the drop-down menu.
  5. Pick one of the Office choices. While all Office 365 subscriptions include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, Office 365 subscriptions also include Outlook, Publisher, Access, a terabyte of cloud storage, and unlimited Skype calls. There are three regular purchasing options:

Microsoft 365 Home – Supports up to five computers and up to five mobile devices. This service costs $99.99 a year or $9.99 a month.
Microsoft 365 Personal – One computer and one mobile device are supported. This subscription costs $69.99 a year or $6.99 a month.
Office Home & Student 2019 (PC or Mac) – One device installation is supported. This app has a one-time fee of $149.

  1. Now is the time to purchase and download. It’s a blue button in the page’s bottom right corner.
  2. Checkout is the final step. This choice is located at the top of the list.
  3. Before proceeding, double-check that the Office choice you’ve chosen is the one you want to buy.
  4. Please re-enter your email password. This is to check that you have permission to open the payment details tab.
  5. If required, enter your payment details. If you’ve previously entered your payment details, your Microsoft account will remember it, but if you haven’t, you’ll need to add a payment type (such as a credit or debit card) and a billing address.
  6. Place your order by clicking Place Order. This will buy the kit you’ve chosen and prompt you to install Microsoft Office on your computer.

Author: Olivia Smith is a Microsoft Office expert and a full time blogger with 5 years of experience in the technology industry. She has written technical blogs, white papers, and reviews for a variety of websites, including office.com/setup.