Office applications service description

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

Even though it is a cloud-based service, Microsoft 365 apps don't run in the cloud. Instead, users download the apps from the Microsoft 365 portal and install them on their local computers, available on Windows, Mac, IOS and Android operating systems. Microsoft uses Click-to-Run technology to make the download and installation of Microsoft 365 apps fast and simple. Click-to-Run uses virtualization technology to run Microsoft 365 apps in a self-contained environment on a local computer, which allows users to run Microsoft 365 apps side-by-side with earlier versions of Office. Microsoft 365 apps are available in 32-bit* and 64-bit editions.

For detailed plan information on enterprise subscriptions that enable users for Microsoft 365 apps service description, see the full subscription comparison table.

Available plans

For detailed plan information on subscriptions that enable users for Microsoft 365 apps, see Compare Microsoft 365 Enterprise plans.

Feature availability

The following table lists the major Microsoft 365 apps features available across plans (certain caveats apply - see the footnotes for further information). Use the table to compare feature availability across plans and volume licensed editions of Microsoft Office 2013, Office 2016, Office 2019, and Office LTSC.

Several of the Microsoft 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.

MICROSOFT 365 APPS FEATURE AVAILABILITY ACROSS PLANS

Application/feature Office Professional Plus 2013/2016/2019 Office LTSC 2021 Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise Microsoft 365 Apps for business Microsoft 365 Business Basic Microsoft 365 Business Standard and Premium Office 365 E1 Office 365 E3/E5
Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft OneNote
Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft Publisher
Microsoft Access
Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
Microsoft InfoPath Yes1 No No No No No No Yes
Windows 10 Apps No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes2 Yes
Microsoft 365 Apps for Mac3
Outlook for Android3
No No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
Office Mobile for iPad/iPhone3
Office Mobile for Android3
No No Yes Yes Yes4 Yes Yes4 Yes
Microsoft Teams No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

ENTERPRISE FEATURE AVAILABILITY ACROSS PLANS

Enterprise value Office Professional Plus 2013/2016/2019 Office LTSC 2021 Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise Microsoft 365 Apps for business Microsoft 365 Business Basic Microsoft 365 Business Standard and Premium Office 365 E1 Office 365 E3/E5
5 installs per user on PC or Mac3
Version upgrades
No No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
Automated user account provisioning3
Cloud Policy service6
No No Yes Yes11 Yes12 Yes11 Yes12 Yes
Client push deployment
Offline support for client applications
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Client support for on-premises Exchange
Client support for on-premises SharePoint
Control of software updates
PowerPivot for Excel6
Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
Database Compare6
Excel Spreadsheet Compare6
Excel Spreadsheet Inquire6
Office Telemetry
Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes
Desktop virtualization6 Yes Yes Yes7 No No Yes8 No Yes
Exchange Online and SharePoint Online Archiving and Compliance Yes9 Yes Yes10 Yes No Yes No Yes
Information Rights Management Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft Purview Information Protection - manual sensitivity labeling No13 No Yes No No Yes8 Yes14 Yes
Microsoft Purview Information Protection - automatic sensitivity labeling No13 No Yes15 No No No No Yes16
Multilingual user interface Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes
Office Add-in
ActiveX
BHO support6
Yes17 Yes17 Yes No No Yes No Yes
OneNote client access to notebooks on SharePoint Server
SharePoint Online
OneDrive for Business
Microsoft 365
Yes18 Yes18 Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
Power Map for Excel6 Yes19 Yes Yes No No No No Yes
PowerQuery for Excel Yes20 Yes Yes No No No No Yes
PowerView for Excel6 Yes No No No No No No No
Roaming settings6 Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes16
Shared computer activation6 No No Yes No No Yes8 No Yes
Support for blocking cloud-based file storage6 Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes8 No Yes16
Support for policies6 Yes Yes Yes Yes11 No Yes11,12 No Yes
Tap to find and reuse content No No No No No Yes6,21 No Yes
Volume activation (KMS/MAK) Yes Yes No22 No No No No No

1 Infopath 2013 is still supported and comes in the Office Professional Plus 2016 installation, but there is no new version for Office 2016 or later versions. Read more here.
2 Not available for Office 365 F3.
3 Not available in the device-based version of Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise. See more about device-based subscription of Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise.
4 Limited to devices with integrated screens measuring 10.1 inches or less diagonally.
5 The Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise plan doesn't include the Teams service, but Teams will still be installed with Microsoft 365 Apps and users in your organization who have Azure Active Directory (AAD) will be able to initiate an exploratory experience of Teams. For more information about this free trial version and providing your users access to it, see Manage the Microsoft Teams Exploratory experience.
6 Only available in the Windows version of Microsoft 365 Apps.
7 Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise is supported on user-dedicated Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise only supports Remote Desktop Services (RDS) when purchased through a Volume Licensing Program.
8 Not available for Microsoft 365 Business Standard.
9 Not available for Office Professional Plus 2013.
10 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.
11 Limited to policies for web apps and privacy policies for client apps.
12 Limited to policies for web apps.
13 The Azure Information Protection add-in for Office can be used to enable sensitivity labeling in these SKUs. It is not included but can be purchased as a separate add-on. For more information, see Information Protection: Sensitivity labeling.
14 Not available for Office 365 E1.
15 Specifically requires Microsoft 365 E5, Office 365 E5, EMS E5, Microsoft 365 Compliance, or Microsoft 365 E5 Information Protection & Governance.
16 Not available for Office 365 E3.
17 BHO support is an extension technology for Internet Explorer.
18 OneNote app access to notebooks on SharePoint Server, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, and Office 365.
19 If you have Office 2013 Professional Plus or a standalone version of Excel 2013, you can use Power Map Preview for Excel 2013, which is an unsupported add-in. The earlier version of the Power Map Preview is expired and won't work with any version of Excel. If you installed the earlier version, uninstall it from Control Panel, then download and install the current version of the Power Map Preview. This version has the same functionality as the version of Power Map that was released with Microsoft 365 SP1.
20 Power Query is a free add-in that can be downloaded here: Microsoft Power Query for Excel. Once enabled, Power Query functionality is available from the Power Query tab on the ribbon.
21 Only available for Microsoft 365 Business Premium.
22 Volume activation for Office 365 E3 and Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise 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 E3 or Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise.

Microsoft 365 apps availability in plans for Mac

The following Office applications are available for Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise for Mac and Office LTSC 2021 for Mac: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft OneNote, Microsoft Outlook, and Microsoft Teams. Office for Mac is supported on the three most recent versions of Mac OS. As new major versions of Mac OS are made generally available, Microsoft will stop supporting the oldest version and support the newest and previous two versions of Mac OS. Product functionality and feature availability may vary on older systems. To learn more, see Microsoft 365 and Microsoft 365 apps Resources. The following Office applications are not available for Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise for Mac and Office LTSC 2021 for Mac: Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft InfoPath.

Microsoft 365 apps and feature availability in Government plans

The following Office applications are available in the government clouds; however, some cloud-based capabilities may not be currently available, as indicated in Office application and feature availability in Government plans.

Microsoft 365 Education

For more information regarding Microsoft 365 Education plans, go to the Microsoft 365 Education page.

Learn more

For more information about Microsoft 365 apps, check out the following resources: