I have the "one off" version of MS Office Home and Business 2016. I dislike subscriptions and see that there is now a 2019 version. Is there a way of paying a small update fee from my version to version 2019 (Home and Business)? I don't think it is worth paying a full amount as the improvements are nice but not essential.
Fair enough, but if you use MS Office applications on a daily basis an Office 365 subscription at £79.99 a year is an excellent solution. You'll always have the latest version of all the applications, and you can install and use Office on all your devices as well as using it on the web on any computer that's connected to the internet.
I am sure you’re right and I may go that way. However if one did a similar thing on Cloud, with , say, 250gig, and Photoshop and other subscriptions they can add up, and the software I use such as CS5 is ok , as is the 2016 Office version. I’ll give it serious thought before deciding. A bit like insurance of household items where you could end up with insurance for a fridge, freezer, a couple of TV’s , a boiler , washing up and washing machine etc
"FE, would one be able to share the subscription which you have outlined above with other family members who own computers?"
If you have an Office 365 personal subscription You can install the software on an unlimited number of devices, but you can only be signed in on five of them at any one time. Each device must sign in using your username and password, which means all users will have access to your files and emails (if you use Microsoft Outlook).
If you have an Office 365 Home subscription you'll get six separate licenses, meaning that all members of a family can have their own username and password, and can all sign in separately if they want to use the web-based versions of the applications. They will not see each other's files or emails.