Office plans include premium versions of these applications plus other services that are enabled over the Internet, including online storage with OneDrive and Skype minutes for home use. Office plans are available as a monthly or annual subscription. How do I know if my computer can run Office ? See system requirements for compatible versions of Windows and macOS, and for other feature requirements. Is Internet access required for Office ? However, Internet access is required to install and activate all the latest releases of Office suites and all Office subscription plans. For Office plans, Internet access is also needed to manage your subscription account, for example to install Office on other PCs or to change billing options.
Product key cards, or PKCs, debuted three years ago alongside Office as a replacement for Microsoft's long-standing upgrade policies, which previously offered current users of the suite a lower-priced edition when it revamped the bundle. The PKC and standard versions of each edition are identical, although the means customers acquire Office may differ. PKCs were intended to provide a way for users to obtain a working copy of Office on a new PC that had a trial version of Office pre-installed. The idea was that customers would evaluate Office using the trial, then pay for -- and activate -- the suite with the character key code purchased on a PKC. That still holds true: That's the same way, more or less, that buyers acquire Office from Microsoft's online store or at Amazon, where they plunk down money and then download the suite.