This video identifies and clarifies the differences between the different versions of Office. It goes over Office 365 and the stand-alone Office suite, also known as Office 2019. Learn about the interface differences between the two versions, and then discover how to find the right training courses for the version that you use. Plus, see the differences between the Mac and Windows versions of the Microsoft Office applications.
- Hi, I'm Nick, a staff instructor here at LinkedIn Learning. If you're looking for courses for Microsoft Office you'll find that we have a lot of learning opportunities in our library. But sometimes it can be hard to figure out the right course for the application that you're using. I want to help clarify this. To start, there are two main versions of Office. There's Office 365, the subscription version that receives constant feature and interface updates from Microsoft. Then there's the stand-alone version of Office, that's the one with a year in the title, like Office 2019 or Office 2016.
The stand-alone version is a one-time purchase which does not get constant feature updates. So, you might hear about an exciting new feature that is being added to Office 365 but if you have Office 2016 or Office 2019, then you will not see that new feature. And naturally, each of these main versions splits again into the Mac and Windows versions. Now it's fairly easy to tell which version you're using. Start by opening up Word or PowerPoint or Excel and make sure you have a document open. Windows users click File to go to the backstage view, then click Account.
Your version name will be listed here. For Mac users, go to the Application menu and choose About, then look at the license line. If it says Office 365 or Subscription Product then you have the Office 365 version. If it has the year listed in the name, or if it just does not specify either way, then you have the stand-alone version. Now once you know the version you have choosing the right course gets easier. If you're working with Excel and you have Office 365, then you should look for Excel courses that either have 365 in the title or no mention of the version at all.
If you have one of the stand-alone versions of Office, look for a course that has that year in the title, 2019, 2016, 2013, and so on depending on which version you have. Now we do not publish version specific courses of every possible learning topic. You will find Essential Training Courses on each main version because our Essential Training Series is well, an essential core resource. But we also have plenty of intermediate and advanced courses focusing on topics like Excel Pivot Tables or Mail Merge in Word.
In the past, most of those specific courses were recorded using a stand-alone version of Office. But since so many viewers are now switching to Office 365, we will be recording most of those focused intermediate courses on Office 365 going forward. So naturally, I do recommend you start looking by for the course designed for the specific version that you're using. But if you just can't find a course that specifically refers to your version or if you use the MAC version but the course you want is only available on Windows, then I encourage you to just go ahead and check out the course for that other version anyway.
Let's face it, Word is Word. Excel is Excel. The different versions of Office will have slightly different interface designs. And some features are only available on Office 365, but at the end of the day, they're not that different. If you're aware and prepared to work around a few small differences, then you open yourself up to more learning opportunities. Now finally, I should mention that there are also different versions of some of your favorite Office applications that you can use in a web browser and apps for mobile phones and tablets.
Those are separate products and we have specific learning courses available for those as well. And remember, Microsoft is updating Office 365 every month. We are committed to updating our courses for major new features. But if you're watching a course where the interface looks a little different from yours, don't let that throw you. It's a natural part of using software that is constantly being updated.