Sunday, September 11, 2011

Office Pro Plus via Office 365

As you may be aware it is now possible to obtain a subscription license of Office Professional Plus with Office 365. You’ll need the Enterprise E3 license or better to be eligible to download a copy and install it locally. If you are eligible here are some things that may not know about the Office 365 Professional Plus license:

 

1. Microsoft Office Professional Plus for Office 365 is licensed on a “per-user” basis. Users must assign each Microsoft Office license to a single named user before using the software.

 

2. Each user that is assigned a license may then install and use one copy of Microsoft Office per device, on up to five devices.

 

3. Office Professional Plus for Office 365 may not be deployed on a server (read terminal server) or desktop and accessed remotely from another desktop. Customers may only use Office Professional Plus for Office 365 locally. Remote Use Rights are not available under Office Professional Plus for Office 365 licenses.

 

4. Although remote access and use generally is not permitted under Office Professional Plus for Office 365 license terms, customers may still permit such access for purposes of providing support services.

 

5. Office Professional Plus for Office 365 is licensed on a per-user/subscription basis through Microsoft Volume Licensing.

 

6. Downgrade rights are not available with Office Professional Plus for Office 365 licenses.

 

7. User has right to any new upgrades that become available for Office Professional Plus under this license.

 

All this is documented at :

http://download.microsoft.com/download/3/D/4/3D42BDC2-6725-4B29-B75A-A5B04179958B/Licensing_Microsoft_Office_Professional_Plus_for_Office_365.docx

 

The most interesting one amongst these is the inability to access Office 365 Professional Plus remotely on a desktop. This seems to imply (point 3) that you can’t have it running on your business workstation and then remote into that workstation and use Office. I suppose that Microsoft will say that allowing you to install the Office software on 5 devices (point 2) over comes that need. However, what does ‘purposes of providing support services’ (point 4) mean in this context?

 

It is interesting what you find when you read the licensing documentation eh? As with most licensing documentation, it seems to raise more questions than it answers.