Understanding the Office 365 platform
Office 365 is an amazing way to use Microsoft’s productivity software without physically installing anything on your physical system.
It’s a web-based version of Microsoft’s Office suite of enterprise–grade applications and is delivered to users through the cloud and includes Exchange Online for email, SharePoint Online for collaboration, Lync Online for your communication and a suite of Office Web Apps (web-based versions of the traditional Microsoft Office suite of applications).
This is an amazing tool for businesses to use because it includes all of the great features Microsoft has to offer.
Office 365 is available in a number of different subscription plans aimed at different needs and market segments and provides different sets of features at different price points. These include:
Personal: This includes the normal features you’re used to from Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access). The Personal Plan is aimed towards home use on one computer (PC or Mac) and on one tablet or phone.
Home (formerly Home Premium): The Home plan is the same as the personal, but this allows you to use O365 on five devices with up to five users.
Business Essentials (formerly Small Business): This plan offers access to hosted Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync services, while also giving you access to the basic Office suite online including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Business: This plan offers the same options as the Enterprise plan, except it allows you to install full Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, and OneNote) on up to 5 PCs or Macs and also up to 5 tablets and phones.
Business Premium (formerly Small Business Premium): This plan is a combination of Business Essentials and Business plans.
ProPlus: ProPlus allows up to 25 users on up to five devices per user. This also gives you access to the entire Office Suite, on and offline.
Midsize Business: Aimed at businesses with 10-300 employees. Offered access to the Office 2013 applications from ProPlus, plus hosted Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync services. No longer available.
Enterprise: Intended for use in enterprise environments. Offers access to all Office applications, hosted Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync services, plus enterprise-specific legal compliance features and support.
With the announcement of Windows 8.1 Update on April 2, 2014, Microsoft removed Windows licensing fees on small tablets (with screen sizes of less than 9 inches), and allowed manufacturers to include a free subscription of Office 365 with new devices. This has significantly increased the distribution and affordability of the service allowing users to get Office 365 for less than its usual price.
Compare the different versions of Office 365 by licensing (plans are at bottom of the page).
Office 365 is an amazing tool that makes accessing your important documents, tools, email and other necessary functions to keep your business and daily operations going much easier from anywhere you have internet access. There are many different plans that you can choose from and Microsoft has made things easy for anyone and everyone to have access to the things they use everyday.
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