Office 365 101
What is Office 365?
“Office 365” refers to subscription plans that include access to Office applications plus other productivity services that are enabled over the Internet (cloud services). Office 365 includes plans for use at home and for business.
Office 365 plans for business include services such as SharePoint Online, Skype for Business web conferencing and Exchange Online hosted email for business, and additional online storage with OneDrive for Business.
Many Office 365 plans also include the desktop version of the latest Office applications, which users can install across multiple computers and devices. The fully installed applications include: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access. (Publisher and Access are available on PC only.) And you can install them across multiple devices, including PCs, Macs, Android tablets, Android phones, iPad, and iPhone.
When you have an active Office 365 subscription that includes the desktop version of Office, you always have the most up-to-date version of the applications.
The Office 365 plans that are online-only are a great choice for certain business needs, and they are designed to work with the latest version of Office, Office 2013, and Office 2011 for Mac.
Previous versions of Office, such as Office 2010 and Office 2007, may work with Office 365 with reduced functionality.
All Office 365 plans are paid for on a subscription basis, monthly or annually.
Remind me, What is Microsoft Office?
“Microsoft Office” is the name Microsoft still uses for it’s familiar productivity software. Office suites are available as a one-time purchase and include applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, which can be installed on only one PC or Mac. The applications are not automatically updated; to get the latest version, you can purchase the product again when the new version becomes available. The latest (as at February 2017) versions currently available for one-time purchase are Office 2016 for Windows and Office 2016 for Mac. These suites do not come with any of the cloud-based services included in Office 365.