moderated Re: accessibility of that discounted Office license

Van Lant, Robin


I do have a Microsoft account I created to install an Office 2016  license several years ago.  I’m glad to hear your experience is good.  Even if this license stops working after a few years, it  gives me a few extra years of not paying the subscription, even though I know that I lose the option to use One Drive.  I don’t see another downside at the moment and I wasn’t actually using OneDrive yet, but was considering it.


Brian, thanks for validating my guess on this being likely very similar of the same as when I bought the license for Office 2016.  Yeah, you do wonder why it is so cheap.  On the reverse side of that coin, I’m surprised they are quoting some “lifetime” price as, to your point, it’s not really likely to be a lifetime product, unlike Office 365. My office 2016 license is working fine, but there are some features in newer office versions that I’d like to get on my home Pc.  And, while I don’t expect this to happen, I still don’t like the feel that I cannot just buy something outright and would have to pay a subscription.  I still have my SMA for JAWS, but I’m also using the  professional license, so don’t qualify for the annual subscription. 


Thanks for helping me think this through.  I do not have the brain power to make a final decision tonight, so hopefully I have a few days to check into the deal more.











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I took a chance on this deal and I'm quite surprised.  When you buy this it's not something you get from www.Joe, but you actually have to log-in to your Microsoft Store account and insert a key code you get after your purchase is confirmed to install this suite. 


Here's something that might be a stickler and cause problems.  I have a Microsoft Store account, but I couldn't find a way to download the Office suite to save it if I didn't have an account, I believe a Microsoft Store account would have to be created in order to get this deal.


Others can speak on their venture of buying this suite, but I'm only reporting a thumbnail sketch of what I had to do.



Stay safe and take care.  Mike.  Sent from my iBarstool.

----- Original Message -----

From: Brian Vogel

Sent: Wednesday, April 13, 2022 5:52 PM

Subject: Re: accessibility of that discounted Office license


On Wed, Apr 13, 2022 at 07:47 PM, Van Lant, Robin wrote:

I guess I’m confused, as I thought Microsoft had gone fully to Office 365, so I’m wondering if this Office 2021 is essentially the same as a current version of Office 365 and, if by “lifetime” it means it will keep upgrading.

1. I, like Mr. Diamond, look upon this deep a discount with some skepticism.

2. Microsoft has not gone fully to Office 365, although they'd love the world to do that.  Office 2021 was not even supposed to be released, but there was a large enough contingent that raised a stink about wanting an installable, and perpetual/lifetime license, to get Microsoft to do another standalone release.

3. Lifetime has never, ever, meant lifetime updates.  You can still use Office 2003, if you have it, and have it installed.  It stopped updating years ago.  Contrast that with a subscription service, like Microsoft 365, where it's far more like an annual lease.  As soon as your lease is up, and you elect not to renew it, so is your access.

The old saying, "If it seems too good to be true, it probably is," applies.  Caveat emptor.

Brian - Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H2, Build 19044  

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