Today, Microsoft announced availability of the Office 365 Public Beta. Office 365 combines the Microsoft Office Professional Plus client suite with cloud versions of the following products and services: Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, and Microsoft Lync Online. The Office Professional Plus offering provides the complete Office client suite as a monthly subscription service. The combination of the Office Professional Plus suite plus the Office 365 services provides the best way for users to collaborate on documents; enables them to work online or offline; and provides access to documents, email, and calendars from almost any device.

The Office Professional Plus subscription allows you to purchase monthly licenses for each user in your organization, and each user license allows five concurrent installations. Both 32- and 64-bit versions of Office Professional Plus are available in Office 365. However, we recommend that you install the 32-bit version. You download and manage Office Professional Plus for Office 365 from the Office 365 portal (at https://portal.microsoftonline.com/download/default.aspx). After downloading Office Professional Plus for Office 365, you can make the Office suite available to users in your organization, based on the number of user licenses that you sign up for. For information about deployment considerations for Office 2010 64-bit, see 64-bit editions of Office 2010 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=213871).

Office Professional Plus for Office 365 includes all the same applications that are available in the Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 client suite:

  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft InfoPath
  • Microsoft OneNote
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft SharePoint Workspace
  • Microsoft Word


Depending on the plan that you purchase, the subscription license also includes access to Microsoft SharePoint Online (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=214030) Office Web Apps (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=213875) for viewing and editing documents on the web. Office Web Apps are online companions to Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, and Word applications that enable users to access and edit documents, regardless of their location.


To learn about Office Professional Plus for Office 365, see the following resources:

  
       Sign up for the Office 365 Beta (http://office365.microsoft.com/en-US/office365-beta.aspx)