Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus is an essential Software as a Service (SaaS) package for today’s modern digital workplace – yet there is a surprising amount of confusion about how it differs from Office 2019.
If your business has a Microsoft Office 365 subscription, you most likely already have usable licenses for Office 365 ProPlus, rendering any need to buy the standalone, perpetual license for Office 2019 void.
This article covers how Office 365 ProPlus is different to Office 2019 in terms of feature-set, cost-effectiveness, future-proofing and benefits – and why it’s the right time to move to leverage Microsoft 365 for a better digital workplace.
What is Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus?
Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus is a version of Office available through your active Microsoft Office 365 subscription and installed from the cloud on your local computer, smartphone or tablet device. All users need is an Office 365 account and an active connection to the Internet to verify any assigned licenses and get started with its apps suite.
ProPlus is Click-to-Run and doesn’t need an active Internet connection to verify its license – it only needs to connect once every 30 days, otherwise your license is changed to reduced functionality mode until it is verified again.
Office 365 ProPlus is essentially the always-up-to-date version of the Microsoft Office suite and its apps. If your organisation already has an enterprise or business subscription with Microsoft 365, you’re already likely to have ProPlus or a similar version of Office that has all the features, functionality and benefits of Office 2019 – and more.
Office 365 ProPlus is the complete package
Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus essentially offers the full Office package and is available via your Microsoft 365 subscription – the only difference you need to understand is the way it’s delivered to devices and updated for users.
As a user-based subscription service powered by Microsoft Cloud, ProPlus receives regular feature upgrades, quality updates and security patches which are automatically delivered to the user. It and also grants users access to additional cloud services, making it more ideal than Office 2019 to achieve a modern digital workplace.
Office 365 ProPlus currently bundles all core Office productivity applications in one subscription-based Click-to-Run package for PC and Mac. The current complete software suite for Office 365 Pro Plus includes:
- Access (PC only)
- OneDrive for Business
- Publisher (PC only)
- Skype for Business
These Office apps seamlessly connect and can be used with popular Office 365 cloud services like Exchange Online, Microsoft Teams, Sharepoint Online and Skype Online, across PC, phones and tablets – making it possible to work and share your assets in any location, across multiple devices with Office 365 installed.