Office 365 plans refer to Software as a Service (SaaS) subscription plans that include access to Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Outlook) plus other productivity services such as SharePoint that are enabled over the Internet (cloud services). Office 365 includes plans for the home, SMB & Enterprise business customer AND can 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. And you can install them across 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.
Office 365 plans for business include services such as Skype for Business web conferencing and Exchange Online hosted email for business, and additional online storage with OneDrive for Business. SharePoint, Yammer and One Note can also be included in your plans. All Office 365 plans are paid for on a subscription basis, monthly or annually.
Office 365 is highly scalable and can support everything from a one-person business to companies with tens of thousands of users:
- Office 365 SMB plans are best for companies with one to 300 users.
- Office 365 Enterprise plans fit organizations ranging in size from a single employee to 50,000-plus users.
- We have summarised the main Office 365 plans below for you or click here for a deeper plan dive
Internet access is required to install and activate all Office 365 plans and to manage your subscription account. Internet connectivity is also required to access Office 365 cloud productivity services, including email, conferencing, IT management, and other services.
Many Office 365 plans also include the desktop version of Office, for example, Office 365 Business Premium and Office 365 Enterprise E3. One of the benefits of having the desktop version of Office applications is that you can work offline and have the confidence that the next time you connect to the Internet all your work will automatically sync, so you never have to worry about your documents being up to date.