In this post, we will compare SoftMaker Office Standard with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019 and Microsoft Office Home and Business 2019 and help you decide which one is actually more cost-effective for your personal needs. We use 1 user/PC license options in this calculation, but be aware that SoftMaker Office Standard includes 5 user license per household while Microsoft would require you to purchase the license for their product for each individual PC or pay for an annual subscription.

SoftMaker Office Standard and Microsoft Office Home & Student or Business 2019 are per-PC one-time purchase. This means you will pay upfront and you can use software as long as you like it. The price for 5 user license for SoftMaker Office Standard is $59.95*, Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019 (1PC) is $149.99* and Microsoft Office Home & Business 2019 (1PC) is $249.99*. Your saving with SoftMaker Office Standard is $90-190 for a first user and $150-250 for each additional user.

Microsoft also offers their licenses on per-user subscription basis. For the comparison, we’ll be using the cheaper year-to-year subscription plan instead of the month-to-month plan because there are not many situations where you would only need a productivity software for a month. Annual subscription for Microsoft 365 Family is $99.99* (or $9.99/month). Your saving with SoftMaker Office Standard is $40 during a first year and $99.99* for each year after.

SoftMaker Office Standard is not only more affordable per personal and business use, but it also uses the Microsoft formats DOCX, XLSX and PPTX as its default file formats to skip the annoying import and export. Additionally it is installed locally and can be also run from USB drive. This is must to have software for any student or “work from home” computer user. It includes TextMaker, PlanMaker and Presentations. 30 days free trial is available, so give it a try.

*Pricing comparison as of April 21, 2020. Prices are subject of change. Following resources were used:

http://www.binarynow.com/store/
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/compare-all-microsoft-365-products
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/get-started-with-office-2019#compare_table

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