If you use PowerPoint or any other Microsoft Office program on Windows, then here’s a quick question for you. Do you know which version you are using? And if the version question seemed easy, do you know what sort of license you have for Microsoft Office?
If you know the answers to both these questions, or even if you don’t, this post is for you. Let us explore easy ways to identify version and license details for Microsoft Office on your Windows system.
However, the introduction of new features is no longer dependent upon the release of a new version—your license type may provide you with new features even a new version is not released yet! Yes, we are talking about Office 365 Subscription licenses that bring you new features every few months. That’s the reason why it is important to find out whether you have a Subscription (Office 365) or a Perpetual (Retail) product license installed!
We have used PowerPoint for all the screen shots. However, the same process should also work with Word, Excel, and other Office programs. Follow these steps:
Figure 1: Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows interface
Figure 2: About PowerPoint
Figure 3: Office Retail License
The same dialog from a subscribed version will show a different license type: Subscription Product and Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus, as you can see highlighted in red within Figure 4 below (compare with Figure 3).
Figure 4: Office 365 Subscription License
Figure 5: Office Retail License Details
Figure 6: Office Subscription License Details
Although Microsoft names their releases with nomenclature such as Office 2016, Office 2013, etc., they follow a different nomenclature internally. Any version number that begins with “16” in the About dialog box indicates that you are running Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows.
Similarly, any version number that begins with “15” indicates that you are running Microsoft Office 2013 for Windows, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 7, below.
Figure 7: PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
And any version number that begins with “14” indicates that you are running Microsoft Office 2010 for Windows
Additionally, there may be other numbers after the 16, 15, or 14. Those other numbers indicate updates released after the initial first release.
Thank you so much, Anneliese Wirth, at Microsoft who helped me create this post.
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