Office 365: Introducing Office 365 ProPlus in the business

Office 365 ProPlus is the version of Office available through Office 365. It includes applications that you are familiar with, including Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Skype for Business and Word. You can use these applications to connect to Office 365 services like SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, and Skype for Business Online

Office 365 ProPlus is similar to other versions of Office

Office 365 ProPlus is similar to other Office versions that you can deploy to your users. Here are some of the similarities:

  • Office 365 ProPlus is the full version of Office
  • System requirements (for example, memory, hard drive space and operating system) are similar to other current versions of Office
  • Office 365 ProPlus is available in 32 bit and 64 bit versions
  • When you deploy Office 365 ProPlus, it will be installed on the user’s local computer. Office 365 ProPlus is not a web-based version of Office. It runs locally on the user’s computer. Users do not need to be connected to the Internet at all times to use
  • You can use many of the same tools to deploy and configure Office 365 ProPlus that you are using to deploy Office. For example, you can use the central system configuration manager to deploy Office 365 ProPlus
  • Additionally, you can use many of the same group policy settings that you use with other versions of Office to configure and execute Office 365 ProPlus program settings

Differences of Office 365 ProPlus

  • Although Office 365 ProPlus is very similar to other versions of Office, there are differences, including deployment differences and licensing differences
  • The most significant difference is that Office 365 ProPlus is updated regularly, monthly, with new features, unlike unregistered versions of Office

Differences in deployment

  • Office 365 ProPlus installed as a package. This means all Office programs are installed on the user’s computer. However, you can configure the deployment to exclude or remove Office 365 ProPlus products from client computers, such as Access
  • Office 365 ProPlus will automatically install updates from the Office content distribution network (CDN) on the Internet. However, you can configure Office 365 ProPlus to install updates from a location based on your own network, or you can manage them using the central system configuration manager
  • Office 365 ProPlus provides the ability to control how often users receive feature updates
  • Office 365 provides a web-based portal where users can install Office 365 ProPlus themselves. Remember that users must be a local administrator on their computer to install Office 365 ProPlus

Difference in licensing

  • Users can install Office 365 ProPlus on up to five different computers with an Office 365 license
  • Users do not need to be connected to the Internet at all times to use Office 365 ProPlus, but users must be connected to the Internet at least every 30 days. This is checking their Office 365 subscription status

More information about Office 365 ProPlus

  • You can use Office 365 ProPlus with supported versions of Exchange Server (Exchange Server 2013 and above) or SharePoint Server installed on-premises in your organization
  • Users can store files they create using Office 365 ProPlus on a local computer or anywhere else on your network, such as a SharePoint site. Office 365 provides cloud-based file storage options

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