Microsoft Office 365 is basically a suite of subscription services sold by Microsoft as a part of the Microsoft Office suite. There are two basic versions of Microsoft Office 365, as well as a range of other products. The major difference between the two is the licensing structure for Microsoft Office products. On one hand, Office 365 is licensed on a per month, per user basis. This means that a user can sign up and use Microsoft Office 365 for a single whole year, or they can sign up for an annual subscription which allows them to have access for several years.
The other major difference is the licensing structure for Office 365 products.
On paper at least, it appears that the pricing model for the subscriptions is the same – you pay once and get access for a full year. However, when it comes to the other products within the suite, there are a number of variations. For example, you cannot sign up for Office 365 with a specific application and then reuse that application on a new machine to be used for Office 365. Instead, there are specific applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint that can only be used on Microsoft Office products.
What makes the distinction between subscriptions and licensing changes between Microsoft Office products? To explain this, it helps to understand how Office 365 works. Microsoft has designed Office 365 as a subscription service, and every person who signs up for the service has the right to access and use the software on any machine they want. At the same time, there are some restrictions placed on the license so that users do not end up with a lot of licenses on their hands.
One of the ways that Microsoft keeps users from overloading their machines with licenses for various Microsoft Office products is to enforce a ceiling above what a user can download. When they reach this ceiling, the user will receive an email notification, typically from Microsoft, which requests that they upgrade to the next version of the software (version numbers starting with MS Office 365 Professional or MS Office 365 Enterprise) and stop using the Microsoft 365 service. At that point, the user will receive a one-time fee for the upgraded software and will be required to upgrade their existing licenses.
Another way in which Microsoft ensures that users do not become overburdened with Microsoft Office 365 subscription plans is by allowing a set number of computer “residents” to sign on at any given time. When these people sign on, they will be able to use all of the software on the computer they already own, but they will not be able to use the product on any other Microsoft Office products. This means that users will have more freedom to determine how much additional software they want to use, but it also means that they will have to upgrade if they wish to do so.
A final difference between Office 365 and the Microsoft Office suite is the user interface. The former is primarily a desktop-based application, while the latter is more closely aligned with the Windows environment. Mac users will recognize the interface as being more like that of an applet and find it much easier to use than the c# based interface of Microsoft’s other products. While the Mac desktop does support Office apps, they are limited to running only on the Mac OS. The company does, however, continue to work on bringing the functionality of Office to the Mac environment.
Office 365 does provide several benefits to users.
The key benefit to the Mac user is the fact that Microsoft provides the application up to ten times faster than the Mac operating system. With this speed advantage, customers can expect to experience an increase in productivity. Users will also be able to access Microsoft Office wherever they happen to be. On the flip side, users of the Mac operating system will never have to worry about losing data when they travel because the Mac operating system will always be there.
- Microsoft has not released the specific Office 365 system requirements for the Mac yet, but they have indicated that there will be some degree of compatibility for existing customers with the existing software.
- The cloud infrastructure that Office relies upon is different between the Mac and PC platforms.
- The final bit of information about Office 365 subscription plans has to do with identity.
- It is unclear at this time if users will need to create a separate user ID and password on the cloud.