Microsoft Word 2016 is a word processor. It is included in the suite of applications within Microsoft Office and is also available on its own in a number of different formats.
Word is included with Microsoft Office; a subscription-based software suite that is only available for free in its introductory trial. Once the free trial period ends, users can either choose from the home version of the software or the business version. Business subscriptions are billed monthly and home subscriptions are billed annually. The home version also offers a one-time purchase option for home and students.
In early 2017, two cybersecurity firms discovered vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office files that allowed hackers to install malware through Word files. The bugs have since been patched and using Microsoft Word is generally considered to be safe. Files stored in the cloud through Office applications or online Office tools are also secure and private.
Microsoft Word 2016 is available on Microsoft’s own Windows operating system, as well as Apple’s macOS. Similarly, Office’s suite of online tools can be found online using any major browser, regardless of the operating system. Office also released a series of mobile applications for each one of its tools that are available on Android, iOS and Windows phones.
Although Windows 10 and Word 2016 are both Microsoft products, Microsoft Word is not included with the operating system. The applications for each tools from the Office suite, like PowerPoint, Word and Excel, are available for free from different app stores, but they are limited in functionality and don’t perform the same as the full suite of tools.
Microsoft Office is a monthly or annual subscription, meaning you’re only connected to the service while you’re paying for it. Without updating your subscription, your access to Office expires. Those who pay for the one-time purchase, however, pay for the software outright and can use Word freely.
Office includes a variety of different professional tools, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher and more. Tools like Word and Excel are typically considered to be industry standards and are used by billions of people each year.
Microsoft Office is installed on your computer’s hard drive and can be accessed in your list of programs for Windows computers or in the Applications folder for Mac.
Desktop versions of Microsoft Office 2016 can be purchased and downloaded from the Microsoft website for Windows computers. For Macs, the applications can be found in the Mac App Store. Similarly, Office mobile apps can be downloaded and installed directly from their respective app stores. Once you purchase, you can begin the installer which will guide you through each step of the process.
Microsoft Office and Word are updated regularly and can be done manually or automatically. Update options can be adjusted in settings, while manually checking for updates can be done by choosing File>Account>Product Information>Update Options.