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Microsoft 365 is a subscription service that makes sure you always have the most up-to-date modern productivity tools. If you're looking to buy Microsoft 365, but not sure which plan is right for you, use the information below to help guide your decision.

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Business plans versus personal and family plans

Microsoft 365 business subscriptions

Microsoft 365 business subscriptions can help you grow your business, no matter if you're a team of one or more. 

Microsoft 365 Family and Personal

Personal and family subscriptions are ideal for personal use like home, personal, or family projects and school related activities.

The right plan for you will depend on what your needs are. Let's explore the options.

Microsoft 365 business plans

Microsoft 365 personal plans

What's different

  • Get a branded email address for your business or bring an existing one

  • Create branded templates in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  • Let customers schedule appointments with you online and share calendars across individuals

  • Use a central location for all work files

  • Protect your business from threats and reduce risk after an employee leaves your organization

  • Save time and collaborate quickly with clients and partners

  • Subscription sharing with up to 6 people (Microsoft 365 Family only)

  • Video editor with premium filters and effects

What's the same

  • Always up-to-date  premium desktop apps like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint which you can download and install on multiple PCs, Macs, tablets, and phones.

  • Desktop versions of Access and Publisher (for PCs only).

  • Extra online storage and cloud-connected features, so you can collaborate on files in real time, and always have the latest features, fixes, and security updates along with ongoing tech support at no extra cost.

If you're leaning towards a business plan, deciding which one can depend on your specific business needs. The Microsoft 365 plan chooser is designed to help you with this. The chooser will make recommendations based on your answers to questions such as the size of your business, your field of work, the devices you use, and what kind of features, IT support, and security you're looking for. See Find the right plan for your business.

Looking for more product details and prices? Check out the comparison tables: Compare Microsoft 365 for business plans

Buy or try Microsoft 365:

For business    For personal and family

Do you need both a business plan and a personal plan?

In some cases, a single Microsoft 365 plan will suit all your needs, but there might be instances when having both plans is the correct decision for you.

For example, you may want to keep your personal files, photos, and other documents separate from your business, having two plans will allow you to do this.

Additionally, if you already have Microsoft 365 Family that you're sharing with friends and family who aren't part of your business, keeping that personal subscription might be the best thing for everyone. This means you don't have to move anyone off that plan, and you don't have to worry about any personal files you already have associated with that subscription and your personal account. 

Switch from a personal Microsoft 365 subscription to Microsoft 365 for business

Have you already been using Microsoft 365 Family or Personal for your business and now you're ready to switch your business to Microsoft 365 for business? It's possible to transfer your business documents and files to your new business plan. Learn more about your options to help you with this process.

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