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 brings more than 15 years of experience in the information technology industry to Interlink. His experience includes both the system integrator and manufacturer sides of the business. During his time at the Microsoft Corporation he was responsible for all the Large Account Reseller (LAR) relationships in the four-state Heartland Area of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Prior to Microsoft, Scherocman led a Cincinnati -based IT consulting company to grow 5000% and become a Microsoft Worldwide Partner of the Year. He is actively involved in the strategic vision and operation decisions of the company including finance, selling strategy and marketing. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Business degree from Miami University and is a Certified Expert in Microsoft licensing including speaking engagements at both Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference and Channel Partner Summit. He is a frequent contributor to leading industry publications.
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