Why you can trust ZDNET : ZDNET's expert staff finds the best discounts and price drops from reputable sellers on a regular basis. If you buy through our links, we may earn a commission. Our process

'ZDNET Recommends': What exactly does it mean?

ZDNET's recommendations are based on many hours of testing, research, and comparison shopping. We gather data from the best available sources, including vendor and retailer listings as well as other relevant and independent reviews sites. And we pore over customer reviews to find out what matters to real people who already own and use the products and services we’re assessing.

When you click through from our site to a retailer and buy a product or service, we may earn affiliate commissions. This helps support our work, but does not affect what we cover or how, and it does not affect the price you pay. Neither ZDNET nor the author are compensated for these independent reviews. Indeed, we follow strict guidelines that ensure our editorial content is never influenced by advertisers.

ZDNET's editorial team writes on behalf of you, our reader. Our goal is to deliver the most accurate information and the most knowledgeable advice possible in order to help you make smarter buying decisions on tech gear and a wide array of products and services. Our editors thoroughly review and fact-check every article to ensure that our content meets the highest standards. If we have made an error or published misleading information, we will correct or clarify the article. If you see inaccuracies in our content, please report the mistake via this form.


Forget Prime Day -- Get lifetime access to Microsoft Office right now for just $30

If you're shopping for deals this week, here's your chance to pay just once and use the complete Microsoft Office 2021 app suite on your PC or Mac for life.
Written by StackCommerce, Partner

Score a Microsoft Office license now for 86% off. 


If you're shopping Amazon's October Prime Big Deal Days sale this Tuesday and Wednesday, you may be adding some new laptops and other tech essentials to your cart -- But don't forget to swipe up some savings on your software licenses, too. 

Through Oct. 15, Microsoft Office for Mac 2021 and for Windows users is on sale for just $30. 

Empower any project with MS Office

This 2021 lifetime license is the latest version offered and includes the biggest apps like Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, and Teams. Windows users also receive Publisher and Access. 

With the complete set of apps at your fingertips, you'll be prepared for just about any personal, professional, or creative project. Need to type an essay for class? Open Word. Want to create a budget spreadsheet? Use Excel. Throw together a professional presentation? Check out PowerPoint's preset templates. How about collaborating in real-time? Teams. Whatever you need, Microsoft Office 2021 probably has it.

Own the timeless app suite for life

Unlike Microsoft 365, which charges a yearly subscription fee, this license allows you to download the app suite and use it for life. After purchase, you'll instantly receive a link to download and a key to activate the software.

One caveat to note: While StackSocial is an authorized Microsoft partner and offers "lifetime" access to Microsoft Office, it is possible that Microsoft could end the license. But their Office deal has been running for over a year, and the license that ZDNET's Alison DeNisco Rayome bought through it for a personal MacBook last year is still working. 

If you want to use the suite on multiple computers, you'll have to purchase separate licenses. Windows devices should be running on at least Windows 10 or 11, while Mac devices must be updated to macOS Version 11 Big Sur.

Get your lifetime license to Microsoft Office 2021 for your Windows PC or Mac for $30 for a limited time now. 

Editorial standards