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You’re probably at least aware of Microsoft Office, even if you’ve never had the pleasure (if you’d call it that) of using it. Microsoft’s enterprise software collection has become just as dominant in the business world as the Windows OS has in the wider PC market, with millions of workers, students, and average folks around the globe using Office on a daily basis. Microsoft Office is much more than just Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, though (although those staples are all still there), so if you’re having trouble choosing which Office package is right for you, then this roundup of the best Microsoft Office deals and prices can make your decision a little easier — and hopefully save you some cash.

Today’s best Microsoft Office deals

Microsoft Office 2019

Microsoft Office 2019 is the latest iteration of its classic Office suite. The standard Personal version features Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as its core apps while the Professional version features the same core apps as Microsoft 365, but note that it lacks cloud services like Skype and OneDrive (however, you can get basic versions of these programs for free). Another thing to bear in mind is that your Office 2019 license only allows you to install it on one Windows or MacOS computer at a time — no other devices are supported, and neither are multiple installations across several devices. For that, you will need to upgrade to Microsoft Microsoft 365. The flip-side of that coin is that Microsoft Office 2019 is a “buy once, cry once” affair (once you own it, it’s yours), whereas Microsoft 365 has a monthly subscription fee.

Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365, formerly called Office 365, is the cream of the Microsoft Office crop. This subscription-based suite features everything that Microsoft Office has to offer, including the whole lineup of Office apps along with Microsoft Outlook, Publisher, and Access. You also get the premium OneDrive and Skype cloud services on top of that, and you’re not limited to what devices you’re permitted to use Microsoft 365 on. You can install your copy on any Windows PC, Mac computer, or compatible mobile device that you own (or all of them at the same time if you wish).

You’ll pay for the privilege, though: Microsoft 365 is the most expensive of the bunch, and it comes with a monthly subscription fee, too. Nonetheless, as the most full-featured Office package, Microsoft 365 is hands-down the best choice for professionals, business owners, and other serious users.

Microsoft Office 2016

If you want the cheapest Microsoft Office deal you can find, then Office 2016 is going to be it. It includes the same core apps as Office 2019 (including the full set of programs if you upgrade to the Professional version), although Microsoft Office 2016 won’t have the updates that these apps received in the newer release. It’s also worth mentioning that Microsoft is ending support for Office 2016 in October 2020, meaning you won’t get further updates — including security and bug fixes. If your needs are basic and that isn’t a huge concern for you, though, then Microsoft Office 2016 is definitely the best value. And, like its 2019 successor, Office 2016 has no subscription fees.

A beginner’s guide to Microsoft Office

Before you rush off to buy the best Microsoft Office deal you can find, you’ll first need to decide which particular suite is right for you. There are basically two main products — the standard Microsoft Office (with two variants of Microsoft Office currently available, Office 2019 and Office 2016) and the premium subscription-based Microsoft 365, along with the Personal/Student and Professional versions of these. The Microsoft Office Business/Professional suites include the same core apps as Microsoft 365, but lack cloud support and multi-device compatibility.

Microsoft 365 has some enhanced features like those additional cloud services and multi-device installations, but it’s more expensive and requires a monthly subscription. That said, it’s a better choice for use in a professional environment, and it’s the only one that can be used on mobile devices. You are also not limited to only one device installation at a time as you are with Microsoft Office 2019 and 2016.

What’s included with Microsoft Office?

Almost everybody is at least vaguely familiar with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, but Microsoft Office has more to offer than word processing and spreadsheets (as important as those are). The Office suites are a bit different and there are also some notable differences with things like cloud services and usage licenses, so a side-by-side breakdown is in order. Here’s everything you get with Microsoft Office 2019, Office 2016, and Microsoft 365:

Included Apps Cloud Services Device Limits
Microsoft Office 2016/2019 Personal: Word, Excel, PowerPoint None 1 Windows or Mac computer
Microsoft 365: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, Access OneDrive, Skype Unlimited number of computers and devices
Microsoft Office 2016/2019 Professional: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, Access None 1 Windows or Mac computer

Does Microsoft Office work on Mac?

Although it’s from the same software company behind the Windows operating system, Microsoft Office is compatible with Mac computers. More good news for Apple heads is that you don’t need a special version of Office for your Mac computer, either: Your Microsoft Office 2019 or Microsoft 365 key is valid for both Windows and Mac versions. However, this might not be the case with the copies of Microsoft Office 2016 that are still floating around, so be sure to double-check before you buy (and contact the third-party seller when in doubt — they may have both available).

Does Microsoft Office work on Chromebook?

Although it might not be a huge shock to discover that Microsoft Office works on Mac, some might be surprised to see that it’s also available for Chrome OS. However, you can’t run your Windows or Mac desktop version on your Chromebook; instead, you’ll need to head over to the Google Play Store and download the Chrome OS version of Office there.

Can you get Microsoft Office for free?

You can get a free trial of Microsoft 365, but generally speaking, Microsoft Office is not available for free to most users. However, you may be able to get it for free through your school or place of employment, so you may want to check and see if that is an option. If you’re really strapped for cash or if your needs are modest, then you may also consider checking out one of the free Microsoft Office alternatives; if you just love the stability and familiarity of the real thing, though, then one of the above Microsoft Office deals is your best way to save.

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The newest Nest Thermostat rarely goes on sale, but it’s $99.98 for Prime Day

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The first-generation Nest Learning Thermostat crammed a wide range of brilliant convenience and energy-saving features into a design that was sleek and stylish. Needless to say, it was a total game-changer when it was first released. One simple device could not only save you a bunch of money and make controlling your HVAC system more convenient, but it also looked so cool and futuristic compared to all the regular thermostats out there. After all, they were just a bunch of ugly white boxes. Long story short, the Nest Learning Thermostat had it all.

So many people out there think that Nest’s flagship thermostat is still the best smart thermostat on the planet, and you won’t hear any arguments from us. In fact, we use the latest model in our own home and we love it. The problem is that the Nest Learning Thermostat is quite expensive compared to some of the newer options out there. Even while it’s on sale with a deep discount on Amazon, it’s still nearly $200. The good news is that you can get all the smart features that make Nest’s Learning Thermostat so great in the newer, less expensive model called simply the Nest Thermostat. It retails for $130 and that’s already a bargain, but pop over to Amazon right now and you’ll see that the Nest Thermostat is on sale with a rare discount for Prime Day that drops it to the lowest price ever!

The newest Nest Thermostat doesn’t have the same sleek stainless steel design as the flagship model. But if you ask us, it features a different design that’s just as stylish. The face of the new Nest has a unique mirror finish with a digital display underneath it, and it comes in four different colors to match any home decor. Most importantly, of course, the Nest Thermostat includes all of the important smart features from the flagship model. You’ll be able to control your thermostat from anywhere using the Nest app or your voice thanks to Google Assistant and Alexa support, and you’ll save plenty of money on your energy bill thanks to Nest’s intelligent features that tune your settings constantly and learn from your behavior.

With a list price of just $130, Google’s newest Nest Thermostat is a terrific value. All things considered, it may very well be the best value out there and it’s going to pay for itself in savings on your energy bills. But if you head over to Amazon right now and pick one up, you’ll pay just $99.98!

The only bad news is that we’ve seen this discount disappear already on a few different color options, so you probably don’t have much time left if you want to get in on the action. If you do miss out on this deal, the good news is that you can still snag the flagship Nest Learning Thermostat for just $199.

Google Nest Thermostat – Smart Thermostat for Home – Programmable Wifi Thermostat – Snow Price:$99.98 Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Buy Now
Google Nest Learning Thermostat – Programmable Smart Thermostat for Home – 3rd Generation Nest… List Price:$207.99 Price:$199.00 You Save:$8.99 (4%) Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Buy Now

Here are some of the important details:

  • The Nest Thermostat is an ENERGY STAR-certified smart thermostat that combines efficiency with convenience
  • Works with or without a C wire in most homes
  • Certain setups require a C wire or a power accessory, including heating only, cooling only, zone controlled, and heat pump systems
  • Nest’s learning features let the thermostat automatically turn your AC or heat off when you leave, and back on when you arrive home
  • Controllable using the Nest app on iOS and Android devices, or with voice commands thanks to support for Alexa and Google Assistant
  • The special “Savings Finder” feature suggests tweaks to your schedule to help you save even more money while still remaining comfortable
  • Monitors your HVAC system and sends you an alert if something isn’t working properly

Google Nest Thermostat – Smart Thermostat for Home – Programmable Wifi Thermostat – Snow Price:$99.98 Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Buy Now
Google Nest Learning Thermostat – Programmable Smart Thermostat for Home – 3rd Generation Nest… List Price:$207.99 Price:$199.00 You Save:$8.99 (4%) Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Buy Now


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Amazon’s Prime Day smart TV prices are so low, it seems like someone made a mistake

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If you’re a BGR Deals reader, you’ve undoubtedly been following along with our coverage all day and you’ve saved a ton of cash on all the most popular products out there. Highlights from our coverage so far include FREE MONEY from Amazon (send yourself a $40 eGift card, get a free $10 Amazon credit), deep discounts on pretty much every popular Apple device you can think of including AirPods Pro and the Apple Watch, a new all-time low price on the hot new TP-Link Kasa smart plugs that everyone loves so much, the best Instant Pot deals of the year with prices starting at just $49.99, AirPods 2 for just $99.99, the crazy wireless camera that lets your smartphone see anywhere for an all-time low price of $28.85, the Fire TV Stick Lite for a new all-time low price of $17.99 and the Fire TV Stick 4K for an all-time low of $24.99 instead of $50, the $80 Echo Show 5 for the all-time low price of $44.99, an Echo Show 5 and Blink Mini Cam bundle for just $10 more, the best-selling Echo Dot for only $19.99, the new 4th-generation Echo Dot for half price at $24.99, the $50 Echo Auto that adds hands-free Alexa to your car for an all-time low of $14.99 or the $98 Echo Auto bundle with 6 months of Amazon Music Unlimited for the same crazy price of $14.99, Echo Buds true wireless earbuds starting at just $79.99 instead of $120, and so much more.

All of those deals are fantastic indeed, but there’s also a slew of Fire TV deals that you need to check out right now. Incredibly, a whopping 18 different smart TV deals are available right now on the site!

The Fire TV lineup is neck and neck with Roku in terms of popularity among our readers (there are a bunch of excellent Roku deals available right now at Amazon by the way, including the hot new Roku Express 4K+ for just $29.99). Now, some of the best products in Amazon’s Fire TV portfolio are even more affordable thanks to deep discounts.

There is perhaps no streaming media player at the $50 price point that comes anywhere close to matching the Fire TV Stick 4K, which is on sale right now for $39.99. But if you’re in the market for a new smart TV, there are so many deals you need to see. Amazon is offering incredible discounts on 18 different Fire TV Edition televisions ranging in size from 24 inches all the way up to 70 inches. “Fire TV Edition” means Amazon’s Fire TV streaming software is built right into the TV, so you don’t need to worry about getting a separate media player.

Prices start at just $99.99 for an Insignia 24-inch Smart Fire TV, and the #1 best-seller of the bunch is the Toshiba 32-inch Smart Fire TV that’s on sale for $129.99 instead of $200. You can also pick up Insignia’s 43-inch Smart Fire TV for $219.99, down from $320, and Toshiba’s 50-inch Smart Fire TV that typically sells for $430 is on sale for $309.99.

Want to go bigger? Don’t worry because Amazon’s got you covered. The Insignia 65-inch Smart 4K Fire TV that normally sells for $630 is down to just $449.99 right now, and the massive Insignia 70-inch Smart 4K Fire TV that retails for $700 is on sale for just $529.99 if you’re a Prime member. That price is so low, it seems like someone made a mistake!

You can see all 18 deals on this special Amazon page, and you’ll find a few of our favorites down below.


Fire TV Sticks

  • The Fire TV Stick 4K is Amazon’s most powerful streaming media player ever with the popular dongle form factor
  • Supports all of your favorite streaming services like Netflix, HBO Max, Apple TV+, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Peacock, Paramount+, Discovery+, and so much more.
  • You can also stream for free with Tubi, Pluto TV, IMDb TV, and other free streaming services
  • Plenty of games and other apps to choose from in Amazon’s app store
  • The included Alexa voice remote lets you control your content and more with your voice

Fire TV Stick 4K streaming device with Alexa Voice Remote (includes TV controls) | Dolby Vision… List Price:$39.99 Price:$24.99 You Save:$15.00 (38%) Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Buy Now
Fire TV Stick Lite with Alexa Voice Remote Lite (no TV controls) | HD streaming device List Price:$29.99 Price:$17.99 You Save:$12.00 (40%) Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Buy Now
Fire TV 4K Essentials Bundle including Fire TV Stick 4K, Remote Cover (Red) and USB Power Cable… List Price:$70.97 Price:$55.97 You Save:$15.00 (21%) Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Buy Now
Fire TV Gaming Bundle including Fire TV Stick 4K and Luna Controller List Price:$119.98 Price:$73.98 You Save:$46.00 (38%) Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Buy Now


Fire TV Edition Televisions

INSIGNIA NS-70DF710NA21 70-inch Smart 4K UHD – FireTV, Released 2020 List Price:$699.99 Price:$529.99 You Save:$170.00 (24%) Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Buy Now
Insignia NS-24DF310NA21 24-inch Smart HD 720p TV – Fire TV List Price:$169.99 Price:$99.99 You Save:$70.00 (41%) Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Buy Now
Toshiba 32LF221U21 32-inch Smart HD 720p TV – Fire TV, Released 2020 List Price:$199.99 Price:$129.99 You Save:$70.00 (35%) Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Buy Now
Insignia NS-43DF710NA21 43-inch Smart 4K UHD – Fire TV, Released 2020 List Price:$319.99 Price:$219.99 You Save:$100.00 (31%) Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Buy Now
Toshiba 50LF621U21 50-inch Smart 4K UHD with Dolby Vision – Fire TV, Released 2020 List Price:$429.99 Price:$309.99 You Save:$120.00 (28%) Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Buy Now
All-New Insignia 55 inch NS-55F301NA22 F30 Series LED 4K UHD Smart Fire TV, Released 2021 List Price:$499.99 Price:$349.99 You Save:$150.00 (30%) Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Buy Now
INSIGNIA NS-65DF710NA21 65-inch Smart 4K UHD – Fire TV, Released 2020 List Price:$629.99 Price:$449.99 You Save:$180.00 (29%) Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Buy Now



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