As of 2015, some differences that exist between Microsoft's student edition software and the regular, non-student version include the price, as the student edition products cost less than the regular version products, and the level of technical support, with the regular version being the only one offering support. Additionally, Microsoft's student edition products are available for use on only one device. The exact differences between student editions and non-student editions depend on the Microsoft product.
Student versions of Microsoft products are available in one-time purchase option unlike the non-student editions, which offer monthly or annual subscription services. Users that purchase Microsoft Office 365 Home or Personal can speak to a technical support representative for issues with their software at no additional cost. Active users utilizing either the student edition or non-student edition can reach technical support online via chat or by telephone.
While the student version of Microsoft Office only permits installation and use on one device, consumers that purchase Office 365 Home can install the program on as many as five devices including PC or Mac computers, tablet devices or phones. Those that buy the home or personal edition of Office 365 also get access to email, desktop publishing and database programs such as Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Publisher and Microsoft Access, unlike the student edition.