With many companies migrating to Microsoft’s Office 365 nowadays, mostly already knowing it is the cloud version of Exchange Server 2013, SharePoint Server 2013, and Lync Server 2013, I often get questions about Office 365 ProPlus and how it relates to other Microsoft server and online products. So I thought I would dedicate an article to it, explaining what Office 365 ProPlus is (and what it isn’t), and how you can integrate/deploy it in your enterprise environment.
I’ll try to give you my personal impression on what Office 365 Pro Plus is, based on feedback I’ve received from customers or while presenting on this topic at conferences.
Office 365 ProPlus is not:
Office 365 ProPlus is/has:
So basically I could explain Office 365 ProPlus as “identical to the typical Office 2013 desktop applications suite you already know, but offered through an Office 365 subscription.”
So, now you know what Office 365 Pro Plus is – and you’ve learned that it’s not that different from the familiar Office 2013 – let me give you some additional reasons why customers might opt for this flavor of Office 365.
As I’ve said, Office 365 Pro Plus is a cloud-based solution, meaning the easiest way to install the applications is directly from the Internet. In short, one should perform the following steps (I’m using a trial account for this article).
Depending on your Internet connection speed, it should be possible to install in just a few minutes. Another cool thing is that you can already start using parts of the applications (for instance, try to start Word during install), even when the full installation is not yet finished. That’s truly an ideal way to get Office installed and running quickly.
Now this installation approach is ideal for home or the SMB-segment, but it’s not really for enterprise organizations. Stay tuned for the second article in this series, which will explain how how you can integrate the Office 365 Pro Plus in your (probably preexisting) enterprise deployment tool.