What is Office 365

Office 365 is a subscription service, sold with per year and per month options, that allows access to various Microsoft software products and services. With an Office 365 subscription, you get the latest Office apps – both the desktop and online versions – and updates when they’re released.  Plus, a professional hosted email service, online storage and various other app services, from online booking to form creation (dependant on subscription level).

You can still purchase Office in the original perpetual license method but Microsoft no longer provides upgrades.  Therefore, to keep up to date, you have to buy another full, current version of office.

Office 365 Subscription Options

Office 365 Personal

One solution for you across all your devices. Includes premium Office applications for PC or Mac for 1 user.  Not licensed for commercial use so don’t buy this if you need to use for your business.

Same as Office Home & Student 2019 plus:

Office Application: Outlook, Publisher (PC only), Access (PC only)
Services: OneDrive, Skype

Office 365 Home

One solution for you and your family across all your devices. Includes premium Office applications for up to 6 users on PC or Mac. Again, not licensed for commercial use so don’t buy this if you need to use for your business.

Same applications and services as Office 365 personal.

Office 365 Business

Best for businesses that need Office applications plus cloud file storage and sharing. Business email not included.  Good if you need online storage and want to keep your office apps up to date as well as using the collaboration features but have your email hosted elsewhere.

Office Application: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access (PC only)
Services: OneDrive

Office 365 Business Premium

Best for businesses that need business email, Office applications, and other business services.  The best solution for business users.  Everything included from email hosting and online storage to all your apps.

Same as Office 365 Business plus:
Services: Exchange, Sharepoint and Microsoft Teams

Office 365 Business Essentials

Best for businesses that need business email and other business services. Office applications not included.  Great if you already have Office on your devices but want a reliable and cost effective emails solution coupled with online file storage and collaboration.

Services: Exchange, OneDrive, Sharepoint and Microsoft Teams

Individual Applications & Services

Access – a database management system that combines the relational Microsoft Jet Database Engine with a graphical user interface and software-development tools

Excel – a spreadsheet featuring calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming language called Visual Basic

Exchange – a collection of applications that enable digital messaging and collaboration in an enterprise IT environment

Microsoft Teams – a unified communications platform that combines persistent workplace chat, video meetings, file storage, and application integration.

OneDrive – a file hosting service and synchronization service

OneNote – a computer program for free-form information gathering and multi-user collaboration. It gathers users’ notes, drawings, screen clippings and audio commentaries

Outlook – a personal information manager. Although often used mainly as an email application, it also includes a calendar, task manager, contact manager, note taking, journal, and web browsing

PowerPoint – a presentation program

Publisher – a desktop publishing application, differing from Microsoft Word in that the emphasis is placed on page layout and design rather than text composition and proofing

Sharepoint – a web-based collaborative platform that is primarily sold as a document management and storage system

Skype – a telecommunications application software product that specializes in providing video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, mobile devices.  Skype additionally provides instant messaging services.

Word – a word processor application including template and graphical options.

Would you like to find out more about Office 365 or set up a trial?  Have a look at our website for more information – http://www.acstech.co.uk/cloud-solutions/office-365/ and of course you can contact us for a demonstration or information on pricing and implementation.