Office Applications Service Description

Microsoft Office 365 is a subscription service that provides you with the latest version of the Office desktop applications that you're already familiar with, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Even though Office 365 is a cloud-based service, Office applications don't run in the cloud. Instead, users download Office applications from the Office 365 portal and install them on their local computers. Microsoft uses Click-to-Run technology to make the download and installation of Office applications fast and simple. Click-to-Run uses virtualization technology to run Office applications in a self-contained environment on a local computer, which allows users to run Office applications side-by-side with earlier versions of Office.

Office applications are available in 32-bit and 64-bit editions.

To compare features across plans, see Compare Office 365 for Business plans.

Feature availability across Office 365 plans

Use the following table to compare feature availability across Office 365 plans and volume licensed editions of Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 2016.

Several of the Office 365 for business plans have add-ons that you can buy for your subscription. An add-on provides additional functionality to the subscription. For more information, see Buy or edit an add-on for Office 365 for business.

Feature
Office Professional Plus 2013
Office Professional Plus 2016
Office 365 ProPlus
Office 365 Business
Office 365 Business Essentials
Office 365 Business Premium
Office 365 Enterprise E1
Office 365 Enterprise E3
Office 365 Enterprise E5
Office 365 Enterprise F1
Office Applications
Microsoft Word
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Microsoft Excel
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Microsoft PowerPoint
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Microsoft OneNote
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Microsoft Outlook
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Microsoft Publisher
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Microsoft Access
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes11
No
Yes11
No
Yes
Yes
No
Skype for Business
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes5
Yes5
Yes5
Yes5
Yes
Yes
Yes5, 10
Microsoft InfoPath
Yes
Yes12
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Windows 8 Apps
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Office for Mac for Office 365
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Office Mobile for iPad/iPhone
No
Yes13
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Office Mobile for Android
No
Yes13
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Office Mobile for Windows Phone
No
Yes13
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Office Mobile for Windows Phone
No
Yes13
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Outlook for Android
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Enterprise Value
Office Professional Plus 2013
Office Professional Plus 2016
Office 365 ProPlus
Office 365 Business
Office 365 Business Essentials
Office 365 Business Premium
Office 365 Enterprise E1
Office 365 Enterprise E3
Office 365 Enterprise E5
Office 365 Enterprise F1
5 installs per user on PC or Mac
No
No
Yes7
Yes7
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Automated user account provisioning
N/A
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Multilingual user interface
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Client push deployment
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Client support for on-premises Exchange
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Client support for on-premises SharePoint
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Control of software updates
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Database Compare
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Desktop virtualization
Yes
Yes
Yes8
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Excel Spreadsheet Compare
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Excel Spreadsheet Inquire
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Exchange Online and SharePoint Online Archiving and Compliance
Yes1
Yes
Yes1
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Group Policy support
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Information Rights Management using Azure Information Protection
No
No
No2
No2
No2
No2
No2
Yes
Yes
No2
Information Rights Management using Windows Server AD RMS
Yes3
Yes
Yes3
Yes3
Yes3
Yes3
Yes3
Yes3
Yes3
Yes3
Office Add-in, ActiveX, and BHO support
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
OneNote client access to notebooks on SharePoint Server, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, and Office 365
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Office Telemetry
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Offline support for client applications
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Power Map for Excel
No4
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Power Pivot for Excel
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Power Query for Excel
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Power View for Excel
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Roaming settings
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Shared computer activation
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Support for blocking cloud-based file storage
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Tap to find and reuse content
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Version upgrades
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Volume activation (KMS/MAK)
Yes
Yes
No9
No
No
No
No
No
No
No

Note

1 Archiving and compliance features are supported with this version of Office, but the Exchange Online and SharePoint Online plans are not included and must be purchased separately or used with supported on-premises server equivalents.
2 Azure Information Protection is not included, but can be purchased as a separate add-on and will enable the supported Information Rights Management (IRM) features. Some Azure Information Protection features require a subscription to Office 365 ProPlus, which is not included with Office 365 Business Essentials, Office 365 Business Premium, Office 365 Enterprise E1, Office 365 Education, or Office 365 Enterprise F1.
3 Windows Server AD RMS is an on-premises server that must be purchased and managed separately in order to enable the supported IRM features.

4 If you have Office Professional Plus 2013 or a standalone version of Excel 2013, you can download and use the Power Map Preview for Excel 2013 as an unsupported add-in.
5 Skype for Business Basic is available for all customers. The Skype for Business desktop client is a locally installed application that provides presence, instant messaging, and conferencing features for Office 365 plans that include Skype for Business Online. Office 365 ProPlus, and Office 365 Enterprise E3 include the full Skype application, which includes additional features including advanced telephony support, archiving, and compliance features. A Skype for Business Online license must be assigned for each user. For more information on Lync Basic features, see Clients for Skype for Business Online.
6 Some schools are eligible for Education Plus, which includes Office 365 ProPlus, and allows students, faculty and staff to install the latest version of Office on up to five PC or Mac computers and on other mobile devices, including Windows tablets and the iPad. Schools qualify for Office 365 Education Plus when they license Office institution-wide for faculty and staff through Enrollment for Education Solutions, Open Value Subscription Education Solutions, or a school contract. Note that Access and Publisher are available on PCs only. OneNote for Mac is available as a separate download from the Mac App Store.
7 Office for Mac 2011 can be installed, but not activated.
8 Office 365 ProPlus is supported on user-dedicated virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). Office 365 ProPlus only supports Remote Desktop Services (RDS) when purchased through a Volume Licensing Program.
9 Volume activation for Office 365 Enterprise E3 and Office 365 ProPlus are limited to installations on Windows Server 2008 R2 and newer with the RDS role enabled or Windows To Go installations. In either case, users accessing these installations need to be licensed users of Office 365 Enterprise E3 or Office 365 ProPlus.
10 Skype for Business capabilities in Office 365 Enterprise F1 include Skype for Business Plan 1 (no desktop sharing, no app sharing, can't initiate multiparty audio, video, or web conferencing, can't schedule meetings).
11 Access is currently available if you're on Current Channel or on Target release for Deferred Channel. If you're on Deferred Channel, Access will be available in June 2017. For more information, see Access included as part of Office 365 Business and Business Premium.
12 Infopath 2013 is still supported and comes in the Office Professional Plus 2016 installation, but there is no new version for Office 2016.
13 Support for basic editing capabilities only.

Office application availability in Office for Mac in Office 365 plans

Office Applications
Office 2016 for Mac in Office 3651
Office for Mac 2011 in Office 3653
Microsoft Word
Yes
Yes
Microsoft Excel
Yes
Yes
Microsoft PowerPoint
Yes
Yes
Microsoft OneNote
Yes
Yes2
Microsoft Outlook
Yes
Yes
Microsoft Publisher
No
No
Microsoft Access
No
No
Skype for Business
Yes
Yes
Microsoft InfoPath
No
No

1 Office 2016 for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.10 or later. For customers connecting to Exchange through Outlook for Mac, the Connectivity to Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 or later is required. To learn more, see System requirements for Office.
2 Available as a separate download from the App Store. To learn more, see OneNote for Mac.
3 Office for Mac 2011 can be installed, but not activated.