Unlike the days of single-product installs and trying to hang on to product keys in case you need to move to a new machine, the online subscription model of Office 365 makes this quite easy.
It’s just definitely different than what we did in the past.
Become a Patron of Ask Leo! and go ad-free!
The Office subscription model
Office 365 Home subscriptions are just that: an annual subscription to Microsoft Office that, as of this writing, includes:
- Current versions of all Microsoft Office applications.
- Up to five installations across either PCs or Macs.
- One terabyte of OneDrive storage.
All for $100 per year. As things go, I consider that an awesome deal.
When you purchase an Office 365 subscription, it’s associated with a Microsoft account rather than any specific machine. That means the approach to installing it after purchase is pretty simple:
- Sign in to your Microsoft account if you haven’t already.
- Visit the Office 365 Installation page.
- Click on Install Office and follow the instructions.
At some point during the installation, you’ll sign into your Microsoft account in Office itself, at which point it’ll be assigned to and authorized for that machine.
Where Office has been installed
You can repeat the installation on up to five machines using the same Microsoft account.
At any point in time, you can view exactly which machines you’ve installed it on by visiting that Office 365 installation page.
Here you can see I currently have Microsoft Office 365 installed on four machines: three PCs and one Mac.
To move Microsoft Office from one machine to another is a simple two-step process:
- Click the “Sign out of Office” button next to the machine from which you wish to remove Office.
- Download and install Office on the new machine.
If you haven’t used your five installations yet, you may not need to perform the first step. You can simply install on the new machine without needing to do anything else. (Though you’ll probably want to remove yourself if you’re giving the machine away.)
If you aren’t moving to a new machine, but simply removing yourself from an old one, then you don’t need to perform the second step. Signing out of Office on that machine will remove your Microsoft account’s access to the software there.
Subscribe to Confident Computing! Less frustration and more confidence, solutions, answers, and tips in your inbox every week.
I'll see you there!