Office ProPlus is the version of Microsoft Office included with our Office 365 license.  Like other versions of Microsoft Word, it includes Access, Excel, InfoPath, Lync, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher and Word.  And like other versions of Microsoft Office, it is a full version of the application suite, with the same features and functionality as other versions.  Although Office ProPlus is a lot like other versions of Microsoft Office, there are also some differences to note, included in the list below.

  • For Personal Use:  Unlike other versions of office rolled out on campus, Office ProPlus is intended to be installed on your personal devices only (e.g., your home computer or iPad).  If you have a University owned device, you should work with your IT department to install the appropriate version of Microsoft Office. If you are unsure of which version you should install on your device, please contact the ITS Help Desk for assistance.
  • Licensing:  The licensing model for Office ProPlus is like a subscription - if you cancel your subscription, you lose functionality. If you leave the University of Iowa, your installation of Office ProPlus will go into reduced functionality mode.  Additionally, you must connect to the internet once every 30 days, so that your UI status and Office ProPlus subscription can be checked.  If you do not connect after 30 days, Office ProPlus will go into reduced functionality mode (once you connect to the internet again and your status is verified, all features and functionality will be restored).  The final licensing difference with Office Pro Plus includes the ability to install Office ProPlus on up to five different devices with a single license. 
  • Installation & Deployment: Thanks to Microsoft's "Click-to-Run" technology, you are able to install Office ProPlus in a matter of minutes. You are able to install this yourself - on your home computer - without the need for additional media or license keys.  Additionally, updates and security fixes are configured to automatically install, which means you will always have the most up-to-date, secure version of the software.
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March 15, 2017