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Matt Scherocman

Microsoft Office Online Sees Increased Accessibility

Although Office Online was designed with accessibility in mind, upgrades are always needed for continuous improvement. These started with Office Online utilizing WAI-ARIA(Web Accessibility Initiative - Accessible Rich Internet Applications), which is a new accessibility standard for blind or low vision web users. Of course, this was just the start. More recently, users are finding all kinds of new tools and features that increase their ability to use Office Online products despite their need for assistance. Microsoft has made a conscious effort to make their products more user-friendly for people with disabilities.  Enhancements are focused on giving everyone a level playing field to maximize the use of Office products and software.

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Matt Scherocman

Can you have 15 Copies of Microsoft Office on a single subscription?

Yes, when you purchase one subscription of Microsoft Office 365, you receive the right to install 5,5,5 copies of Office on different devices for that single user. We have highlighted the following points that speak to this licensing fact:

From Microsoft Official Volume Licensing Documentation*:

Italics are ours for clarification or emphasis:

  1. Each user to whom you assign a User SL (Subscription License) may activate the software for local or remote use on up to five concurrent OSEs (Operating System Environments). (5 copies for Windows and / or Mac)
  2. Each user to whom you assign a User SL may also activate Microsoft Office Mobile software to create, edit, or save documents on up to five of their smartphones and five of their tablets

In our words:

Each user of Office subscription, E3, or E4 can run up to 15 copies of Office - up to 5 that are full function 2013 (PC or Mac) AND up to five on mobile phone AND up to five more copies on tablets (currently only iPad Office is available – Android tablet to follow at a time that is unclear). Additionally, any user who has access to the web applications (K1, E1, E3, E4 plans or a-la-carte) could access Office functionality via any modern web browser.

Need a quick comparison chart? http://www.interlink.com/component/easyblog/?view=entry&id=26

*To check out the details, please see the Microsoft Office Services Use Rights Document and lookup Office 365 ProPlus:

http://www.microsoftvolumelicensing.com/DocumentSearch.aspx?Mode=3&DocumentTypeId=31 

Matt Scherocman

Does Office 365 Offer Home Use Rights?

Yes, it offers end users the ability to run Office on their home machine.  However, it does not use the traditional home use program (part of an Enterprise Agreement).  In my opinion, the Office 365 offering is better while it not only gives you the same ability – to install full Office on a home PC, it also gives access to Office mobile which can be installed on other end user devices like mobile phones and tablets and integration with OneDrive.  Each user who has a license of E3, E4, or Office Subscription can install up to five full-fledged copies of Office. Plus the end user just downloads the software, they don’t have to be hassled with authentication codes, verifying emails, or paying ten bucks. 

Basically, the client would go out to the portal, login with their corporate credentials (with ADFS or Password Sync), and then download and install the software. 

When the user license for Office 365 is removed in the portal, or access for that user is turned off for Office, the installed copy will downgrade to reduced functionality mode once it “phones home” for the license check.  Then the license and the right to install those copies of Office can be moved to another user.

One cool note, if the user is using a Mac, then the interface will sense that and offer up the Office for Mac download option. 

 

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Matt Scherocman

What are the Differences Between Office Professional and Office Web Apps?

That’s a great question.  And unfortunately, a side by side comparison of the two is difficult to find.  In an effort to eliminate some of the mystery surrounding these products, I’ve created a quick summary that compares Office Professional Plus and Office Web Apps (both of which are available as part of the Office 365 product offering):

Essentially, Office Web Apps is a “light” version of Office Professional Plus.

Think of Office Professional Plus as your “traditional” Microsoft Office. It is the Office you are used to using – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.  It is a full copy of Office that sits on your machine and allows you to use each and every feature of the programs above.  If you have used Microsoft Office 2010 Professional (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, InfoPath, Lync, etc.) licensed in a traditional volume license manner, then you will find the two highly similar. See our next blog post which talks about the differences.      

On the other hand, Office Web Apps is a limited, online version of certain Office products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.  It provides a copy of the Microsoft Office programs, but with less functionality. I’ll use Microsoft Word for example.  The Word web app allows basic functionality (the ability to type, change fonts, bold, underline, etc.) but doesn’t allow you to use the more complex features (for example, editing pictures). It would be similar for other programs as well.

The benefit of Web Apps is that it is less expensive than Office Professional Plus.  Also, because it is web based, it can be accessed from any computer that has internet connectivity and a compatible browser. The downside is it does not offer as much capability as Office Professional Plus.  Web Apps tends to be beneficial for quick, light editing and for people who are not heavy users of the Office Suite.   If you want to try out the technology it is available for free at https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/  Just open an account and upload some Office files.  You can also see the same technology if you add Office files to Facebook. 


These links also provide some useful information:

For Web Apps: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/web-apps/
These links also provide some useful information:
Detailed Guide - feature by feature comparison between the two products: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office-online-service-description.aspx

For Web Apps: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/web-apps/
For Office Professional Pro: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/office-professional-plus.aspx

Matt Scherocman

What Are the Differences Between Office 2010 and Office 2013?

Microsoft nicely illustrates the updates in the versions of Office over the last few years.
If you are currently using Office 2010, it is a good idea to see how much more you can do in Office 2013.
Check out this link to view the updates:
http://www.microsoft.com/business/en-ie/Whats-new/Pages/Article.aspx?cbcid=75
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