Microsoft 365 ads appearing in Office 2021

Microsoft has started dropping ads into Office 2021 in another attempt to switch customers off single-payment Microsoft Office and on to the annual ‘subscription’ Microsoft 365.

Office 2021 users are reporting a new message appearing in their apps.  We’ve seen it ourselves …

For just $0.99. get 3 months of Microsoft 365 Family and share with up to 5 people.
It is like getting six subscriptions in one. TERMS APPLY”

The message is appearing in various languages and regions across the globe.

The message bar / offer disappears once you click on ‘Redeem now’ or the X close button at far right.

About the offer

The offer is limited to people who see the link in their copy of Office. According to the ‘fine print’:

“This offer is for select customers only who don’t have an active Microsoft 365 subscription or trial, or subscribers who have recently cancelled. This offer doesn’t work if forwarded to friends and family. It’s unique to your personal Microsoft Account.”

The 99 cent deal is for Microsoft 365 Family, the more expensive plan which can cover up to six people.

Microsoft 365 Personal might be better

Is that the most appropriate deal? Users of Office 2021 or Office 2019 are probably solo Office users because perpetual license Office can only be installed on one computer at a time.

In many cases the cheaper Microsoft 365 Personal would be the better choice. ‘Personal’ is for one person only but Office software can be installed on multiple machines.

You could try the 99 cent deal then switch to Microsoft 365 Personal when the trial nears it’s end.

If you don’t like Microsoft 365, just uninstall it and reinstall the Office 2021 software.

All about Office 2021 for Windows & Mac
Does Office 2021 / 2019 need sign-in to a Microsoft account?

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