Gartner Research

How to Decide Between Microsoft Office Professional Plus and Office 365 ProPlus

Published: 24 April 2013

ID: G00251048

Analyst(s): Michael Silver


Microsoft is pushing its customers to switch from traditional ways of licensing Office Professional Plus 2013 to subscribing via Office 365. Before making such a switch, IT buyers should review the potential licensing benefits and pitfalls, and consider asking for contract amendments.

Table Of Contents


  • Giving Up Perpetual Rights
  • Licensing Benefits of Office 365 ProPlus
  • Mobile Devices
  • Giving Up Control
  • Buyout and Return to Perpetual Licenses
  • Costs
  • Microsoft's Direction

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