February 26, 2019

PowerPoint 2016: Comparing Office 365 and Office 2016 (Part 1)

For the first time ever, you can purchase a PowerPoint product in two different versions. PowerPoint 2016 is part of both Office 365 and Office 2016. The program, however, offers different features depending on the package you purchase. In the next two articles we’ll discuss these differences (Part can be found here).

Part 1: PowerPoint in Office 2016

Office 2016 is a classic package purchase option: A one-time payment provides you with a license key that allows you to access and install the Office programs included in the package. All older Office versions also fall into this category.

The advantage of this option is that once the software is purchased, it can be used for an unlimited period of time and no further payments are required. Regular security updates for Office 2016 are provided to the user free of charge.


But this type of licensing, which is a bit outdated, also has some disadvantages:

  • Office 2016 doesn’t provide updates for new features and developments of its programs. To use the newest version of a program, you would have to buy the latest software at full price.
  • Office 2016 has limited usability on mobile devices, making it a less practical option for professional users. Office 365, on the other hand, can store presentations in the cloud, allowing access from anywhere.
  • Some features and effects are not included in the Office 2016 package. These include Morph and Zoom.

  • PowerPoint Designer, which automatically suggests slide design ideas, is also not offered in Office 2016.

PowerPoint 2016 as part of the Office 2016 package is a cost-effective, interim option for casual users who don’t need the latest updates and features.  An older PowerPoint version may be enough for users who only need to create a presentation every now and then and can forego the updated effects and features. Also, this kind of casual user rarely works on multiple devices, so an older version is probably enough.

Learn more about Office 365 and its pros and cons in the second part of this series.

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