Excel is the industry-leading spreadsheets-management software the majority of Windows users still prefer. While you can buy the program outright, there are other options to explore as well.
Let’s see how you can get the latest version of the application.
Good-old licensed software
Buying the licensed software has been the only way to go for decades. If you’re one of those who still prefer owning your programs and not worrying about subscriptions, this option is for you. An upfront fee, a couple of clicks in the «Installation Wizard,» and the program will be on your PC or Mac, serving you forever.
Microsoft still issues updates to the software.
Subscribe to Microsoft 365
If you’re internet-bound and like your software on all your devices and web, subscribing to the Microsoft 365 program is a better solution. While you only get the program on one computer in the first method, the subscription gains you access to your documents in One Drive storage and other Office programs like Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint.
It also offers Personal, Family, and Business plans, which have various functions and differ in price.
Use a free trial
If you’re not sure about the subscription offer or just want to see how the bundle works for your situation, use the free trial of the app bundle. You can access it from Microsoft’s official website.
The rise of the subscription model
Do you remember the days when you could buy a computer program for life and update it endlessly? These sunny days are in the past. While paying smaller fee installments monthly or yearly is convenient, some old-school users still prefer owning the applications. Sadly, most software manufacturers prefer the constant cash flow of the subscription model nowadays.