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Matt Scherocman

Does Office 365 Offer Home Use Rights?

Yes, it offers end users the ability to run Office on their home machine.  However, it does not use the traditional home use program (part of an Enterprise Agreement).  In my opinion, the Office 365 offering is better while it not only gives you the same ability – to install full Office on a home PC, it also gives access to Office mobile which can be installed on other end user devices like mobile phones and tablets and integration with OneDrive.  Each user who has a license of E3, E4, or Office Subscription can install up to five full-fledged copies of Office. Plus the end user just downloads the software, they don’t have to be hassled with authentication codes, verifying emails, or paying ten bucks. 

Basically, the client would go out to the portal, login with their corporate credentials (with ADFS or Password Sync), and then download and install the software. 

When the user license for Office 365 is removed in the portal, or access for that user is turned off for Office, the installed copy will downgrade to reduced functionality mode once it “phones home” for the license check.  Then the license and the right to install those copies of Office can be moved to another user.

One cool note, if the user is using a Mac, then the interface will sense that and offer up the Office for Mac download option. 

 

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What are the Differences Between Office Professional and Office Web Apps?

That’s a great question.  And unfortunately, a side by side comparison of the two is difficult to find.  In an effort to eliminate some of the mystery surrounding these products, I’ve created a quick summary that compares Office Professional Plus and Office Web Apps (both of which are available as part of the Office 365 product offering):

Essentially, Office Web Apps is a “light” version of Office Professional Plus.

Think of Office Professional Plus as your “traditional” Microsoft Office. It is the Office you are used to using – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.  It is a full copy of Office that sits on your machine and allows you to use each and every feature of the programs above.  If you have used Microsoft Office 2010 Professional (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, InfoPath, Lync, etc.) licensed in a traditional volume license manner, then you will find the two highly similar. See our next blog post which talks about the differences.      

On the other hand, Office Web Apps is a limited, online version of certain Office products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.  It provides a copy of the Microsoft Office programs, but with less functionality. I’ll use Microsoft Word for example.  The Word web app allows basic functionality (the ability to type, change fonts, bold, underline, etc.) but doesn’t allow you to use the more complex features (for example, editing pictures). It would be similar for other programs as well.

The benefit of Web Apps is that it is less expensive than Office Professional Plus.  Also, because it is web based, it can be accessed from any computer that has internet connectivity and a compatible browser. The downside is it does not offer as much capability as Office Professional Plus.  Web Apps tends to be beneficial for quick, light editing and for people who are not heavy users of the Office Suite.   If you want to try out the technology it is available for free at https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/  Just open an account and upload some Office files.  You can also see the same technology if you add Office files to Facebook. 


These links also provide some useful information:

For Web Apps: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/web-apps/
These links also provide some useful information:
Detailed Guide - feature by feature comparison between the two products: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office-online-service-description.aspx

For Web Apps: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/web-apps/
For Office Professional Pro: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/office-professional-plus.aspx

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Is it Better To Purchase Online Services Under an Enterprise Agreement?

Microsoft recently announced that they were reducing prices of their online service for Enterprise Agreement clients.  Essentially this amounted to a 15% discount across the board on the regular online E plans.  In my opinion, this change was long overdue while it finally builds a programmatic discount between retail pricing and Enterprise Agreement pricing that is significant.  Previously it was only pennies on the dollar, for example the E3 plan was $20 retail and $19.40 on the Enterprise Agreement, a 2% savings.  We are happy to see that these discounts are becoming standardized for clients.  Discounting on the new items will happen for clients as they add cloud to their EA agreement or they renew their agreement with cloud product.

Effective September 1, 2013, Microsoft has reduced the cost on Office 365 Full USL (User Subscriber License) for Enterprise Agreement (EA) customers.

EA SKUs impacted by the USL Price Reduction include Full, Transition, & Step-up USLs:

E1, E3, E4, Exchange Online Plan 1 and 2, Lync Online Plan 1 and 2, SharePoint Online Plan  1 and 2, SharePoint Online Plan 1 and 2 (both with Yammer), K1 Suite

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What Are the Differences Between the E3 Plan and the Midmarket Bundle?

When the Midmarket Bundle is purchased as a license:

    • Must be paid for one year upfront
    • Cannot add other products (archiving for example to the product).  Without this, a user would not be able to placed on legal hold – which I think it required functionality for most clients

When the Midmarket Bundle is purchased directly through the portal:

    • Can pay monthly and can add other products

  Differences between Midmarket bundled purchased via the portal and the E3 plans:

    • E3 adds the Data Loss Prevention
    • E3 adds unlimited archiving and legal hold
    • E3 Office can be deployed with push methods – like group policy deployment or system center, midmarket can only be downloaded by each individual client
    • Rights management – internal controls of what other users can do with the senders email is only available in E3
    • Support for midmarket is business hours only versus 24x7
    • Midmarket is limited to a maximum of 300 users
    • Midsize options do NOT qualify for the on-premise  use rights like E plans.  So, all workloads would need to be run in the cloud with the Midmarket licensing


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Are There Any Discounts on Office 365 For Nonprofits?

The answer is YES! Microsoft has developed charity pricing plans for Nonprofits.
Qualified nonprofits can get Office 365 Enterprise E1 as a donation (free), and they may also upgrade to the additional advanced features in Office 365 Enterprise E3 for Nonprofits at a significant discount (currently $4.50) per month: Compare Plans.
To get started with the donation, sign up for the free trial: Office 365 for Nonprofits  or contact us.
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