Export (0) Print
Expand All

Office Applications Service Description

Office 365
 

Applies to: Office 365

Topic Last Modified: 2014-06-27

Microsoft Office 365 is a subscription service that provides you with the latest version of the Office desktop applications that you’re already familiar with, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Even though Office 365 is a cloud-based service, Office applications don’t run in the cloud. Instead, users download Office applications from the Office 365 portal and install them on their local computers. Microsoft uses Click-to-Run technology to make the download and installation of Office applications fast and simple. Click-to-Run uses virtualization technology to run Office applications in a self-contained environment on a local computer, which allows users to run Office applications side-by-side with earlier versions of Office.

Office applications are available in 32-bit and 64-bit editions.

To compare features across plans, see Office 365 service comparison.

To buy an Office 365 plan or chat with an online representative, see Compare all Office 365 for business plans.

TipTip:
You can export, save, and print pages in the Office 365 Service Descriptions. Learn how to export multiple pages.

Office 365 is available in a variety of plans in order to best meet the needs of your organization. For information about different plans, including standalone plan options and information on moving from one plan to another, see Office 365 Plan Options.

NoteNote:
Office 365 Small Business Premium doesn’t contain the same features as other Office 365 plans that include Office applications. To compare feature availability across Office 365 plans, see Office feature availability across Office 365 plans.

Before installing Office applications on a computer, check System requirements for Office 2013 and Office 365 ProPlus.

Use the following table to compare feature availability across Office 365 plans and volume licensed editions of Microsoft Office 2013.

 

Feature

Office Professional Plus 2013

Office 365 ProPlus

Office for Mac 2011 in Office 365

Office 365 Small Business

Office 365 Small Business Premium

Office 365 Midsize Business

Office 365 Enterprise E1

Office 365 Education A2

Office 365 Government G1

Office 365 Enterprise E3

Office 365 Education A3

Office 365 Government G3

Office 365 Enterprise E4

Office 365 Education A4

Office 365 Government G4

Office 365 Enterprise K1

Office 365 Government K1

Office Applications

Microsoft Word

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Microsoft Excel

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Microsoft PowerPoint

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Microsoft OneNote

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Microsoft Outlook

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Microsoft Publisher

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Microsoft Access

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Microsoft Lync

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Microsoft InfoPath

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Windows 8 Apps

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Enterprise Value

Office Professional Plus 2013

Office 365 ProPlus

Office for Mac 2011 in Office 365

Office 365 Small Business

Office 365 Small Business Premium

Office 365 Midsize Business

Office 365 Enterprise E1

Office 365 Education A2

Office 365 Government G1

Office 365 Enterprise E3

Office 365 Education A3

Office 365 Government G3

Office 365 Enterprise E4

Office 365 Education A4

Office 365 Government G4

Office 365 Enterprise K1

Office 365 Government K1

5 installs per user on PC or Mac

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Automated user account provisioning

N/A

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Multilingual user interface

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Client push deployment

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

Client support for on-premises Exchange

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Client support for on-premises SharePoint

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

no

Control of software updates

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

Database Compare

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Desktop virtualization

Yes

Yes1

No

No

No

Yes1

No

Yes1

Yes1

No

Excel Spreadsheet Compare

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Excel Spreadsheet Inquire

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Exchange Online and SharePoint Online Archiving and Compliance

Yes2

Yes2

Yes2

No

No

Yes2

No

Yes

Yes

No

Group Policy support

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Information Rights Management using Azure RMS

No3

No3

No3

No

No

No

No3

Yes

Yes

No3

Information Rights Management using Windows Server AD RMS

Yes4

Yes4

Yes4

No

No

Yes4

Yes4

Yes4

Yes4

Yes4

Office Add-in, ActiveX, and BHO support

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Office on Demand

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Office Telemetry

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Offline support for client applications

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Optimized side-by-side client installation

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Power Map

No5

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Power Pivot

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Power Query

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Power View

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Roaming settings

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Support for blocking cloud-based file storage

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Version upgrades

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Volume activation (KMS/MAK)

Yes

No6

No

No

No

No

No

No6

No

No

NoteNote:
1   Office 365 ProPlus is supported on user-dedicated virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). To deploy Office on RDS, you must have a volume license and you must use Office Professional Plus 2013 from the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC). To learn more, read what you need to know about Office 365 ProPlus, virtualization scenarios, and volume licensing.
2   Archiving and compliance features are supported with this version of Office, but the Exchange Online and SharePoint Online plans are not included and must be purchased separately or used with supported on-premises server equivalents.
3    Azure Rights Management (RMS) isn’t included but can be purchased as a separate add-on in order to enable the supported IRM features.
4   Windows Server AD RMS is an on-premises server that must be purchased and managed separately in order to enable the supported IRM features.
5   If you have Office Professional Plus 2013 or a standalone version of Excel 2013, you can download and use the Power Map Preview for Excel 2013 as an unsupported add-in.
6   Volume activation for Office 365 Enterprise E3, Office 365 Enterprise E4, and Office 365 ProPlus are limited to installations on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and newer with the RDS role enabled or Windows To Go installations. In either case, users accessing these installations need to be licensed users of Office 365 Enterprise E3, Office 365 Enterprise E4, or Office 365 ProPlus.

If you have comments or questions about this topic, we'd love to hear from you. Just send your feedback to Office 365 Service Description Feedback. Your comments will help us provide the most accurate and concise content.

 
Was this page helpful?
(1500 characters remaining)
Thank you for your feedback
Show:
© 2014 Microsoft