Gartner Research

How to Choose Between Office Professional and Office 365 ProPlus

Published: 17 February 2015

ID: G00273514

Analyst(s): Michael Silver

Summary

Office 365 ProPlus includes rights to Office client-side software and is licensed per user instead of per device. Endpoint computing managers and procurement pros should consider the benefits to licensing Office 365 ProPlus, but realize that the benefits may not outweigh a potentially higher price.

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  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Office for iPad and other device types and platforms are only available via a subscription to Office 365 ProPlus, so procurement managers need to plan for this scenario
  • Organizations that have Office licenses without SA will be committing to an annual payment with Office 365 ProPlus, and subscribers don't have the ability to stop paying and use existing function, as they will not have perpetual use rights for the latest release
  • Organizations moving to Office 365 for email or other collaboration services are feeling compelled by Microsoft to subscribe to Office 365 ProPlus
  • Microsoft revalidates Office 365 ProPlus subscriptions once a month over the Internet, so clients must ensure devices have an Internet connection once every 30 days
  • Procurement professionals without a process to subscribe users who need Office 365 ProPlus may have license compliance issues due to users subscribing to Office 365 consumer offerings

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