Don’t use Office 365 much anymore? Here’s how to get rid of your subscription.

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You’ve been a faithful subscriber to Microsoft Office 365, but now you feel it’s time to pull the plug. Maybe you’re content with the free version of Office Online or even its chief rival, Google Docs. Or maybe you simply don’t need Word, Excel, or the other apps in the suite any longer.

How can you put the kibosh on your subscription? The steps for cancelling your Office 365 subscription differ based on whether you’re still in the free 30-day trial phase or already are in the midst of your paid subscription.

First, Office 365 is essentially the same product as the regular version of Office 2016. The only difference is that you pay for Office 365 on an annual or monthly subscription basis, while you pay for Office 2016 on a one-time basis just like in the old days. To keep Office 365 alive, you need to continue paying that annual or monthly fee, otherwise your subscription goes kaput. With the regular version of Office 2016, you can use the product as long as you like. For the subscription fee for Office 365, however, you always get the latest version of Office. And depending on your subscription, you can use the software on more than one PC or device.

Home users can choose Office 365 Personal for $69.99 per year ($6.99 per month) or Office 365 Home for $99.99 per year ($9.99 per month). With Office 365 Personal, you can use the suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote,…