Thursday, April 4, 2013

Questions about Office 2013 via Office 365


Here are some common questions that I see out there about Office 2013 via Office 365.
Q. Can I run Office 2013 from Office 365 in a Remote Desktop Environment (i.e. on Terminal Services)?
I covered this extensively in a previous blog post. The answer is basically NO unless you purchase Office 365 via Volume Licensing.
Q. Can I downgrade to Office 2010 Professional Plus if I purchase Office 2013 Professional Plus from Office 365?
No. Only Volume Licensing has downgrade rights.
Q. Am I required to upgrade from Office 2010 Professional Plus to Office 2013 Professional Plus if I previously purchased an E3 or E4 SKU of Office 365?
Yes. If you have already installed Office 2010 Professional Plus that came with older versions of Office 365 (E3 or E4) then you are required to upgrade to the new version of Office 2013 Professional Plus by the 8th of April 2014. After that date Office Professional Plus 2010 originally from Office 365 will only operate in deprecated (i.e. read only mode), like other unlicensed versions of Office 2010.
Q. Can I obtain Office 2013 from Office 365 from DVD media or downloading an ISO?
No. Office 2013 from Office 365 uses streaming ‘click-to-run’ technology that delivers the software directly from the Internet.
Q. If my existing Office 365 tenant that includes Office for the desktop has not yet been upgraded to Wave 15 can I install Office 2013 Professional Plus that will come with the upgraded tenant now?
Yes. See the following:
http://community.office365.com/en-us/blogs/office_365_technical_blog/archive/2013/03/24/office-365-proplus-upgrading-customer-preview-4128-clients-to-release-4454-or-4481-clients-plus-deploying-release-clients-and-office-for-mac-2011-clients-from-pre-upgrade-tenants.aspx
under the heading:
Installing Office 365 ProPlus Release Build... and the answer to "If my Office 365 tenant hasn't been upgraded, how do I get the new Office clients for PCs and Macs?"
Q. If my existing Office 365 tenant that includes Office for the desktop has not yet been upgraded to Wave 15 can I install Office for MAC that will come with the upgraded tenant now?
Yes. Again, see the following:
http://community.office365.com/en-us/blogs/office_365_technical_blog/archive/2013/03/24/office-365-proplus-upgrading-customer-preview-4128-clients-to-release-4454-or-4481-clients-plus-deploying-release-clients-and-office-for-mac-2011-clients-from-pre-upgrade-tenants.aspx

under the heading:
How Do I Get Office for Mac 2011 with a Pre-Upgrade Tenant?
If you have more questions about Office desktop software via Office 365 either leave a comment on this post or email me directly (director@ciaops.com). If I don’t know I’ll find out for you. Otherwise visit the following link for more information on Office Professional Plus via Office 365.
http://community.office365.com/en-us/wikis/upgrade/faq-regarding-office-proplus.aspx