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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.

Licensing editions

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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 in Volume Licensing

Licenses for Office Professional Plus, Office Standard, and Office 365 ProPlus* are available through Volume Licensing.

*Some Office 365 plans include Office 365 ProPlus.

Office Professional Plus 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, Microsoft Exchange Server, and Microsoft Skype for Business Server—creating new opportunities to collaborate within and across corporate boundaries, manage content more efficiently, and streamline everyday business processes.

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

Office 365 ProPlus offers the same application experiences as Office Professional Plus installed locally on your computer. It is offered as a subscription service on a per-user basis and each license allow installation on five devices at a time.

All Office licenses acquired through Volume Licensing include Office Web Apps Server 2013 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 2016

Office Standard 2016

Office 365 ProPlus

Microsoft Word

X

X

X

Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software

X

X

X

Microsoft PowerPoint presentation graphics program

X

X

X

Microsoft Outlook messaging and collaboration client

X

X

X

Microsoft OneNote note-taking program

X

X

X

Microsoft Publisher

X

X

X

Microsoft Office Web Apps

X

X

X

Commercial User Rights for Office Home and Student 2013 RT      

X

X

X

Microsoft InfoPath 2013 information-gathering program

X

X

Microsoft Skype for Business communications software

X

X

Microsoft Access database software

X

X

Multilanguage User Interface (MUI)

X

X

X

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 2013 with active Software Assurance coverage at the time of Office 2016 availability have rights to Office Professional Plus 2016. Office Standard 2013 customers with active Software Assurance coverage at the time of Office 2016 availability have rights to Office Standard 2016.

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.

How to buy

Learn about the benefits of the new licensing model and compare pricing and features for each edition.

Learn about the benefits of the new licensing model and compare pricing and features for each edition.

Microsoft Office Professional Plus and Office Standard are licensed on a per-device basis. Office 365 ProPlus is licensed on a per-user basis.

Offerings by Volume Licensing program

The availability of Office varies by Volume Licensing program. Office Professional Plus 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 is also available in the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement, Select Plus, and Open License programs. Office Standard is available in the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement, Select Plus, and Open License programs and as a non-companywide option in the Open Value program. Office 365 ProPlus is available through the Enterprise Agreement, Enterprise Subscription Agreement, Enrollment for Education Solutions, Microsoft Products and Services Agreement, and Open Programs.

 

Office Professional Plus

Office Standard

Office 365 ProPlus

Open Value

X1

X 2

X 3

Open Value Subscription

X 1

X 2

X 3

Open License

X

X

X 3

Select Plus

X 5

X 5

 
Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA)

X

X

X

Enterprise Agreement

X 1

 

X

Enterprise Subscription Agreement

X 1

 

X

Enrollment for Education Solutions

X 1

 

X 4

1Platform/companywide offering
2Non-companywide offering
3Office 365 Midsize Business User SL is available through the Open Programs and includes rights to Office 365 ProPlus.
4Under a Campus and School Agreement (CASA+EES)
5Select Plus has been retired for commercial customers. Orders through existing Select Plus commercial agreements will be accepted until July 1, 2016. The Microsoft Products and Services Agreement replaces Select Plus and offers an improved agreement structure, a more flexible and easy purchasing platform, and new systems and tools to manage assets. Learn more about Select Plus retirement.

Licensing Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT for commercial use

Microsoft Office provides the best Office experience across devices. The Windows 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 a primary user of a device licensed with Office Professional Plus 2016, Office Standard 2016, or the licensed user for Office 365 ProPlus 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 or Office Standard 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 and the latest Microsoft Office software to any device in your organization with Windows To Go. You can use Office Professional Plus or Office Standard installed on a USB drive with Windows To Go when you license the work device for the following:

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

  • Office Professional Plus or Office Standard

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.

You can use Office 365 ProPlus with Windows To Go when you license:

  • The work device with Software Assurance for Windows or Windows Virtual Desktop Access subscription license; and

  • The user of the work device is licensed with Office 365 Pro Plus

In this case, the licensed user can use one of the five permitted concurrent installs on the USB drive, plug it into any compatible device, and run the Office software on- or off-premises.

Next steps

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

FAQ

Find answers to questions about features, licensing models, and determining which edition is right for you.

Find answers to questions about features, licensing models, and determining which edition is right for you.

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