Microsoft 365 is subscription-based version of Office productivity suite.

Columnist Eyal Goldschmid answers your computer questions.

Q: I use Microsoft 365 for word processing, spreadsheets and such. Lately it has been extremely slow on my computer and I’m not sure why. What can I do to speed it up?

— James T., Fort Pierce

THE: Microsoft 365 is the subscription-based version of the software giant’s popular Office productivity suite.

For it, one purchases an annual subscription (typically between $60 to $100 per year depending on the version installed) and for that you get full installations of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and the like, along with cloud-based access to those programs, 1 TB of cloud-based storage space on the Microsoft OneDrive and continuous updates to the programs for the length of your subscription.

By comparison, the standard Microsoft Office suite includes all of the above, except for the 1TB of cloud-based storage and continuous program updates — meaning that what you install is what you get until you purchase and install a newer version of the suite.

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