Updated: June 4, 2013
Summary: Explains what Office 365 ProPlus is and how it compares to other versions of Office 2013, including how it's licensed and deployed.
Applies to: Office 365 ProPlus
Audience: IT Professionals
Office 365 ProPlus is the version of Office that comes with many Office 365 plans. It includes Access, Excel, InfoPath, Lync, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word.
Project, Visio, and SharePoint Designer aren't included with Office 365 ProPlus, but are available in some Office 365 plans.
This article is part of the Content roadmap for deploying Office 365 ProPlus. Use the roadmap as a starting point for articles, downloads, and videos that help you deploy Office 365 ProPlus in your organization.
Are you looking for help with installing Office with Office 365? If you're looking for help on how to install and use Office 365 on your computer, phone, or tablet, see Get started with Office 365 and Install Office with Office 365.
Office 365 ProPlus is like other versions of Office
Office 365 ProPlus is similar to other versions of Office that you can deploy to your users. Here are some important similarities:
Office 365 ProPlus is a full version of Office. The programs have the same features and functionality as other versions of Office. For example, Word in Office 365 ProPlus works the same way it does in Office Standard 2013.
Its system requirements are the same. For more information, see System requirements for Office 2013.
Like other versions of Office, Office 365 ProPlus is available in a 32-bit and a 64-bit version. We recommend you deploy the 32-bit version, even on computers using 64-bit operating systems. If you think you need the 64-bit version, carefully review the information about 64-bit editions of Office 2013 before you deploy.
When you deploy Office 365 ProPlus, it's 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 don't need to be connected to the Internet all the time to use it.
You can use many of the same tools to deploy and configure Office 365 ProPlus that you're already using to deploy Office. For example, you can use System Center Configuration Manager to deploy Office 365 ProPlus. In addition, you can use the same Group Policy settings that you use with other versions of Office to configure and enforce Office 365 ProPlus program settings. For more information, see Determine the deployment method to use for Office 365 ProPlus.
What's different about Office 365 ProPlus?
Even though Office 365 ProPlus is a lot like other versions of Office, there are differences.
Office 365 ProPlus is offered as a monthly subscription. If you cancel your subscription, Office 365 ProPlus goes into reduced functionality mode. In reduced functionality mode, users can open and view existing Office files, but users can’t use most of the other features of Office 365 ProPlus. For more information, see Overview of licensing and activation in Office 365 ProPlus.
To use Office 365 ProPlus, a user must have an Office 365 account and have been assigned a license. If you, as the Office 365 administrator for your organization, remove a user’s license or account, the user’s installations of Office 365 ProPlus go into reduced functionality mode.
Even though users don’t need to be connected to the Internet all the time to use Office 365 ProPlus, users must connect to the Internet at least once every 30 days. This is so that the status of their Office 365 subscriptions can be checked. If users don’t connect within 30 days, Office 365 ProPlus goes into reduced functionality mode. After users connect to the Internet and their subscription status is verified, all the features of Office 365 ProPlus are available again.
Users can install Office 365 ProPlus on up to five different computers with a single Office 365 license. For example, a user can have Office 365 ProPlus installed on a computer in the office, on a laptop to use when traveling, and on a home computer.
Office 365 ProPlus uses a technology called Click-to-Run to install Office. It provides a faster installation, so users can be up and running Office 365 ProPlus in a matter of minutes.
Office 365 provides a web-based portal where users can install Office 365 ProPlus themselves. Keep in mind that users have to be local administrators on their computers to install Office 365 ProPlus. If users aren’t local administrators, you'll have to install Office 365 ProPlus for them. Also, if you don’t want your users to install from the portal, you can prevent that. For more information, see Determine the deployment method to use for Office 365 ProPlus.
Because Office 365 ProPlus uses a different installation technology, there's a different way to apply software updates, such as security fixes. By default, Click-to-Run is configured to automatically install updates from the Office 365 service. But, you can configure Click-to-Run to install updates from a location within your own network. Or, you can use your existing software distribution tools to distribute updated builds of Office 365 ProPlus.
Office 365 ProPlus installs as one package. For example, you can't choose to deploy Word and PowerPoint to users, but not Access.
If you don't want users to run a particular program, such as Access, you can use AppLocker. Or, you can deploy Office 365 ProPlus to your users using Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.0. App-V 5.0 lets you choose which programs to install.
More information about Office 365 ProPlus
You can use Office 365 ProPlus with supported versions of Exchange Server or SharePoint Server that are installed on-premises in your organization. Or, if they're part of your Office 365 plan, you can use Office 365 ProPlus with Exchange Online and SharePoint Online.
Users can store the files they create with Office 365 ProPlus on their local computers or elsewhere on your network, such as a SharePoint site. Office 365 provides cloud-based file storage options, but you don’t have to use them. In fact, you can use Group Policy to prevent users from saving to those cloud-based locations.
The Office programs that come with Office 365 ProPlus are the same programs that come with Office Professional Plus 2013.
Office 365 ProPlus is not the same as Office Web Apps. Office Web Apps lets users open Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or OneNote documents in a web browser. Office Web Apps is included with all Office 365 plans.
Read the Office 365 Service Descriptions to learn more about what's included in Office 365.
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