About Licensing

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office suites help enable enterprise productivity across devices. For Volume Licensing customers, Microsoft Office delivers new ways of collaborating, making it easier to support flexible work styles. Use the interactive "Buyer's Guide" to find licensing-related information about use rights, upgrades, fulfillment, and product activation. See what’s new with Office and its licensing, learn how to buy, and get answers to frequently asked questions about licensing Office suites.

The latest Microsoft Office gives you access to your familiar Office applications, email, calendar, HD video conferencing, and most up-to-date documents.*

For Microsoft Volume Licensing customers, the latest Office provides more business value in each product offering plus new, innovative integrated Microsoft Office Web App capabilities.* Software Assurance customers benefit from an efficient migration path to Office and can take advantage of training, deployment planning, technical support benefits, and more to get the most out of the software.

*An appropriate device, Internet connection, and supported Windows Internet Explorer Internet browser, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari browser are required. Use of some devices or functionalities may require the purchase of separate licenses.

Office Suites in Volume Licensing

Licenses for Office Professional Plus 2013 and Office Standard 2013 are available through Volume Licensing.

Office Professional Plus 2013 offers a complete toolset for both individual and team productivity and connects users to key business processes. The enhanced Enterprise Server Integration Features provide out-of-the-box integration with Microsoft Business Productivity server solutions—including Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013, Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, and Microsoft Lync Server 2013—creating new opportunities to collaborate within and across corporate boundaries, manage content more efficiently, and streamline everyday business processes.

Office Standard 2013 provides a comprehensive toolset for individual productivity including the tools you need to manage e-mail and to quickly and easily create great-looking documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.

All Office licenses acquired through Volume Licensing include Office Web Apps and Commercial Use Rights for Office Home & Student 2013 RT for the primary user of the licensed device. These programs and online companion apps help people better manage their personal information and collaborate on documents and projects.

The following are included in the Office suites available through Volume Licensing.

 

Office Professional Plus 2013

Office Standard 2013

Microsoft WordYesYes
Microsoft Excel spreadsheet softwareYesYes
Microsoft PowerPoint presentation graphics programYesYes
Microsoft Outlook messaging and collaboration clientYesYes
Microsoft OneNote note-taking programYesYes
Microsoft PublisherYesYes
Microsoft Office Web AppsYesYes
Commercial User Rights for Office Home and Student 2013 RT (NEW!)Yes 
Microsoft InfoPath information-gathering programYes 
Microsoft Lync Server communications softwareYes 
Microsoft Access database softwareYes 

Software Assurance for Microsoft Office

Microsoft Volume Licensing customers with active Software Assurance get more productivity value through their agreement by taking advantage of the new version software rights and by leveraging the deployment and productivity benefits included with Software Assurance.

Software Assurance Migration
Volume Licensing customers licensed for Office Professional Plus 2010 with active Software Assurance coverage at the time of Office 2013 availability have rights to Office Professional Plus 2013. Office Standard 2010 customers with active Software Assurance coverage at the time of Office 2013 availability have rights to Office Standard 2013.

When you add Software Assurance for Office, you get additional benefits including the following:

  • Office Roaming Use Rights: Allow your users to access Office suites deployed on a network server from a third-party device by the primary user of the work licensed device. You can also install a copy of Office software on a USB drive and use it on a third-party device. Office Roaming Use Rights apply only for use off your or your affiliates’ premises.

  • Planning Services: Help streamline software implementation with structured planning services from Microsoft partners covering Desktop (Office and/or Windows), SharePoint, and Exchange.

  • New Software Versions: Upgrade every license covered under Software Assurance to the newest version when available.

  • Home Use Program (HUP): Increase efficiencies of users when they use the same software at home with low-cost home use licenses.

  • E-Learning: Prepare your users for new software versions with self-paced, interactive, online training that Microsoft experts develop.

  • Training Vouchers: Keep your IT staff up-to-date with classroom technical trainings.

  • Multilanguage User Interface (MUI): Support your multilingual business needs on your desktops with the Office Multilanguage User Interface.

Microsoft Office suites are licensed on a per-device basis.

Suites by Volume Licensing Program

The availability of Office suites varies by Volume Licensing program. Office Professional Plus 2013 is the platform offering for the Enterprise Agreement, Enterprise Subscription Agreement, Open Value, Open Value Subscription, and Enrollment for Education Solutions programs. Office Professional Plus 2013 is also available in the Select Plus and Open License programs. Office Standard 2013 is available in the Select Plus and Open License programs and as a non-companywide option in the Open Value program.

 

Office Professional Plus 2013

Office Standard 2013

Open ValueYesYes
Open Value SubscriptionYesYes
Open LicenseYesYes
Select PlusYesYes
Enterprise AgreementYes 
Enterprise Subscription AgreementYes 
Enrollment for Education SolutionsYes 

*Platform/companywide offering
**Non-companywide offering

Licensing Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT for Commercial Use

Microsoft Office provides the best Office experience across devices. The Windows 8 RT operating system and Surface software and touch computing platform tablets come preinstalled with Office Home & Student 2013 RT software on the device for noncommercial use.

If you are the primary user of a device licensed with Office Professional Plus 2013 or Office Standard 2013, then you can use Office Home & Student 2013 RT for commercial use. You do not need active Software Assurance for Office to receive this benefit. You can also purchase perpetual licenses for Commercial Use Rights for Office Home & Student 2013 RT on a per-device basis through the Microsoft Open License or Microsoft Select Plus programs. If you use a Windows RT or Surface tablet to access Office Professional Plus 2013 or Office Standard 2013 software running remotely in a data center, the Windows RT or Surface device must be separately licensed for the corresponding Office suite.

Licensing Office for Use with Windows To Go

Bring Windows 8 and the latest Microsoft Office software to any device in your organization with Windows To Go. You can use Office installed on a USB drive with Windows To Go when you license the work device for the following:

  • Windows 8 with Software Assurance for Windows or Windows Virtual Desktop Access subscription license; and

  • Office Professional Plus 2013 or Office Standard 2013

As a result, a user can use a USB drive to run Office on any licensed work device while on company premises. If you also have active Software Assurance for your Office suite license, the primary user of the licensed device can use the USB drive to run Office on devices outside of the workplace through the Office Roaming Rights benefits.

*Contact a local reseller to confirm availability in your area. Prices for licenses acquired through Microsoft resellers are determined by the reseller

Frequently Asked Questions about Licensing Office

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The Office Web Apps are included when you purchase Office Professional Plus 2013 or Office Standard 2013 licenses and allow you to host the Office Web Apps on-premises.

The Office Web Apps are included with the Office Standard 2013 and Office Professional Plus 2013 licenses. They are not included as part of Software Assurance. If you have active Software Assurance for Office, you have the rights to Office licenses.

Office client suites are licensed per device. The primary user of a device licensed for this Office software is licensed for access to the online companion Office Web Apps from any device. In these situations, the primary user is enabled for remote online access through Office Web Apps.

External users accessing Office Web Apps documents for viewing or editing are not required to license the new Office suites. External users are those users that are not either your or your affiliates’ employees or your or your affiliates’ on-site contractors or on-site agents.

No. This new release of Office suite licenses are only required for those employees editing Office Web Apps documents.

The Office Web Apps licensed with Office Professional Plus 2013 and Office Standard 2013 include Word Web App, Excel Web App, PowerPoint Web App, and OneNote Web App.

Yes. You can install a copy of Office Professional Plus 2013 or Office Standard 2013 on a USB drive and use either on any work device. Those rights only apply for using a copy of Office on a USB drive on company premises. Note that you must have active Software Assurance for Windows to be licensed for Windows To Go.

You can use a USB drive with Office Professional Plus 2013 or Office Standard 2013 outside of the workplace only if you have active Software Assurance with your Office suite license.

Commercial Use Rights for Office Home & Student 2013 RT are included with your Office Professional Plus 2013 or Office Standard 2013 license for the primary user of the licensed device. The primary user of a device licensed for Office for Mac Standard 2011 also has Commercial Use Rights for Office Home & Student 2013 RT. You do not need active Software Assurance for Office to receive this benefit. You can also purchase a perpetual per-device license for Commercial Use Rights for Office Home & Student 2013 RT on a stand-alone basis through an Open or Select Plus Volume Licensing Agreement.

Office Professional Plus 2013 and Office Standard 2013 are licensed on a per-device basis. Users can only remotely access a copy of Office Professional Plus 2013 or Office Standard 2013 running on a network server from a licensed device. Therefore, your Windows RT or Surface tablet would need the latest Office suite license assigned to the device for this use.

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