Office Applications Service Description

Office 365
 

Applies to: Office 365

Topic Last Modified: 2016-12-07

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 Compare Office 365 for Business plans.

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 Professional Plus 2013 operated by 21Vianet11

Office Professional Plus 2016

Office Professional Plus 2016 operated by 21Vianet11

Office 365 ProPlus

Office 365 ProPlus operated by 21Vianet11

Office 365 Business

Office 365 Business operated by 21Vianet11

Office 365 Business Essentials

Office 365 Business Essentials operated by 21Vianet11

Office 365 Business Premium

Office 365 Business Premium operated by 21Vianet11

Office 365 Education

Office 365 Education operated by 21Vianet11

Office 365 Enterprise E1

Office 365 Government E1

Office 365 Enterprise E1 operated by 21Vianet11

Office 365 Enterprise E3

Office 365 Government E3

Office 365 Enterprise E3 operated by 21Vianet11

Office 365 Enterprise E4

Office 365 Government E4

Office 365 Enterprise E4 operated by 21Vianet11

Office 365 Enterprise E5

Office 365 E5 Education

Office 365 Enterprise K1

Office 365 Government K1

Office 365 Enterprise K1 operated by 21Vianet11

Office Applications

Microsoft Word

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No7

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Microsoft Excel

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No7

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Microsoft PowerPoint

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No7

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Microsoft OneNote

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No7

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Microsoft Outlook

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No7

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Microsoft Publisher

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No7

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Microsoft Access

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No7

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Skype for Business

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes5

Yes5

Yes5

Yes5

Yes5

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes5

Microsoft InfoPath

Yes6

Yes6

No

No

No

No

No7

No

Yes6

Yes

Yes

No

Windows 8 Apps

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Office for Mac for Office 365

No

Yes

Yes6

Yes6

No

Yes

No7

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Office Mobile for iPad/iPhone

No

Yes

Yes6

Yes6

No

Yes

No7

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Office Mobile for Android

No

Yes

Yes6

Yes6

No

Yes

No7

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Office Mobile for Windows Phone

No

Yes

Yes6

Yes6

No

Yes

No7

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Office Mobile for Windows 10 tablets

No

Yes

Yes6

Yes6

No

Yes

No7

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Outlook for Android

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No7

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Enterprise Value

Office Professional Plus 2013

Office Professional Plus 2013 operated by 21Vianet11

Office Professional Plus 2016

Office Professional Plus 2016 operated by 21Vianet11

Office 365 ProPlus

Office 365 ProPlus operated by 21Vianet11

Office 365 Business

Office 365 Business operated by 21Vianet11

Office 365 Business Essentials

Office 365 Business Essentials operated by 21Vianet11

Office 365 Business Premium

Office 365 Business Premium operated by 21Vianet11

Office 365 Education

Office 365 Education operated by 21Vianet11

Office 365 Enterprise E1

Office 365 Government E1

Office 365 Enterprise E1 operated by 21Vianet11

Office 365 Enterprise E3

Office 365 Government E3

Office 365 Enterprise E3 operated by 21Vianet11

Office 365 Enterprise E4

Office 365 Government E4

Office 365 Enterprise E4 operated by 21Vianet11

Office 365 Enterprise E5

Office 365 E5 Education

Office 365 Enterprise K1

Office 365 Government K1

Office 365 Enterprise K1 operated by 21Vianet11

5 installs per user on PC or Mac

No

Yes

Yes8

Yes8

No

Yes

No7

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Automated user account provisioning

N/A

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Multilingual user interface

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Client push deployment

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Client support for on-premises Exchange

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Client support for on-premises SharePoint

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Control of software updates

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Database Compare

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Desktop virtualization

Yes

Yes

Yes9

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Excel Spreadsheet Compare

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Excel Spreadsheet Inquire

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Exchange Online and SharePoint Online Archiving and Compliance

Yes1

Yes

Yes1

Yes6

No

Yes6

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Group Policy support

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Information Rights Management using Azure RMS

No2

Yes

No2, 6

No2, 6

No2, 6

No2

No2

No2

Yes

Yes

Yes

No2

Information Rights Management using Windows Server AD RMS

Yes3

Yes

Yes3, 6

Yes3, 6

Yes3, 6

Yes3

Yes3

Yes3

Yes3

Yes3

Yes3

Yes3

Office Add-in, ActiveX, and BHO support

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

OneNote client access to notebooks on SharePoint Server, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, and Office 365

No

Yes

Yes6

Yes6

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Office Telemetry

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Offline support for client applications

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Optimized side-by-side client installation

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Power Map for Excel

No4

Yes6

Yes6

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Power Pivot for Excel

Yes6

Yes6

Yes6

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Power Query for Excel

Yes6

Yes6

Yes6

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Power View for Excel

Yes6

Yes6

Yes6

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Roaming settings

Yes

Yes

Yes6

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

Shared computer activation

No

No

Yes6

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Support for blocking cloud-based file storage

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Version upgrades

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Volume activation (KMS/MAK)

Yes

Yes

No10

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

NoteNote:
1   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.
2    Azure Rights Management (RMS) isn’t included but can be purchased as a separate add-on in order to enable the supported IRM features.
3   Windows Server AD RMS is an on-premises server that must be purchased and managed separately in order to enable the supported IRM features.
4   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.
5   Skype for Business Basic is available for all customers. The Skype for Business desktop client is a locally installed application that provides presence, instant messaging, and conferencing features for Office 365 plans that include Skype for Business Online. Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Enterprise E3 and Office 365 Enterprise E4 include the full Skype application, which includes additional features including advanced telephony support, archiving, and compliance features. A Skype for Business Online license must be assigned for each user. For more information on Lync Basic features, see Clients for Skype for Business Online.
6 Not yet available in Office 365 operated by 21Vianet.
7 Some schools are eligible for Education Plus, which includes Office 365 ProPlus, and allows students, faculty and staff to install the latest version of Office on up to five PC or Mac computers and on other mobile devices, including Windows tablets and the iPad. Schools qualify for Office 365 Education Plus when they license Office institution-wide for faculty and staff through Enrollment for Education Solutions, Open Value Subscription Education Solutions, or a school contract. Note that Access and Publisher are available on PCs only. OneNote for Mac is available as a separate download from the Mac App Store.
8 Office 2011 for Mac can be installed, but not activated.
9 Office 365 ProPlus is supported on user-dedicated virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). Office 365 ProPlus only supports Remote Desktop Services (RDS) when purchased through a Volume Licensing Program.
10 Volume activation for Office 365 Enterprise E3, Office 365 Enterprise E4, and Office 365 ProPlus are limited to installations on 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.
11 The Office 365 operated by 21Vianet version of Office 365 is specific to China.

 

Office Applications

Office 2016 for Mac in Office 3651

Office for Mac 2011 in Office 3654

Microsoft Word

Yes

Yes

Microsoft Excel

Yes

Yes

Microsoft PowerPoint

Yes

Yes

Microsoft OneNote

Yes

Yes2

Microsoft Outlook

Yes

Yes

Microsoft Publisher

No

No

Microsoft Access

No

No

Skype for Business

Yes3

Yes3

Microsoft InfoPath

No

No

NoteNote:
1 Office 2016 for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.10 or later. For customers connecting to Exchange through Outlook for Mac, the Connectivity to Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 or later is required. To learn more, see System requirements for Office 2016 for Mac.
2   Available as a separate download from the App Store. To learn more, see OneNote for Mac.
3 The Skype for Business client isn't available for Mac. This plan includes the Lync for Mac 2011 client. To learn more, see Clients for Skype for Business Online.
4 Office 2011 for Mac can be installed, but not activated.

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