Microsoft's Office 365 ProPlus service delivers and maintains an up-to-date version of Microsoft Office via the cloud. This assessment helps technical professionals understand how the service is different from the traditional software MSI-based install and how enterprises should move to it.
- If You Last Looked at Office 365 ProPlus in 2016, Re-evaluate It Now
- Implementing Office 365 ProPlus Will Force You to Do Four Things
- How to Use This Report
- What Is Office 365 ProPlus?
- A Popular and Valuable Office 365 Service
- New Feature Updates Come Out Semiannually, Not Once Every Three Years
- It Offers Per-User Licensing
- It's Not Office Online
- It Offers More Features Than the Traditional Software Versions
- The Standard License Includes Eight Applications (but Not Project or Visio)
- It's Compliant With Microsoft's New Office 365 Support Policies
- It's a Click-to-Run Installation, Not an MSI Install
- It Uses the Same Distribution Mechanisms as the MSI Installs
- It Offers Both 32-Bit and 64-Bit Versions
- The "Gotchas" of Office 365 ProPlus for IT
- The Initial Installation Payload Is 1GB or Greater
- You Can't Mix Versions or Installation Technologies
- Separate Security Patches Are Not Available
- You Can't Use It When a Regulated Process Must Be Certified
- You Must Use Shared Computer Activation to Run Office 365 ProPlus on Shared Computers, Including RDS and Pooled VDI
- Devices Must Connect to the Internet Every 30 Days to Renew the License
- For Support, Versions Can't Be More Than 18 Months Old
- Move to Office 365 ProPlus or Stay on Traditional Software?
- If You Want to Give Users the Latest Release With the Most Functionality, Move to Office 365 ProPlus
- If You Want Per-User Pricing, Move to Office 365 ProPlus
- If You Want to Edit Office Documents on Mobile Devices, Move to Office 365 ProPlus
- If You Want to Use OneDrive for Business Across All Devices, Move to Office 365 ProPlus
- If You Want to Perform Real-Time Co-authoring With the Rich Office Clients, Move to Office 365 ProPlus
- If You're Unable or Unwilling to Support the Rapid Release Cadence, Stay on Traditional Software
- If You're Running Devices Within a Highly Regulated Environment, Keep Them on Traditional Software
- If You're Running Isolated Devices That Don't Connect to the Internet, Keep Them on Traditional Software
- If the Traditional Version of Office 2013 or 2016 Is Sufficient and Paid for — And You Haven't Moved to Office 365 — Don't Move to Office 365 ProPlus
- If You Do Move to Office 365, Pick Office 365 ProPlus as One of the First Services to Implement
- Verify the Prerequisites
- Develop the Deployment Strategy
- Decide on the Deployment Method (Cloud or Local Network)
- Decide on the Channel Option (Monthly or Semi-Annual)
- Decide on Whether to Use the Office Deployment Tool or Group Policy
- Decide on a Deployment Process
- Develop the QA and Training Strategies
- Assign Personnel
- Inventory Macros and Plug-Ins
- Create QA and Training Plans
- Deploy, and Continually Refine Your Processes
- Where to Find Information About Office 365 ProPlus on Microsoft.com
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