#Office365 Pro Plus: Click to Run vs Office on Demand

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Did you know there were two ways of getting Office 365 Pro Plus when you get the license in Office 365.  With E3, A3 and the individual licenses you get the ability to use Office on your local desktop using a form of streaming and caching on your machine to so you can use Word, Excel, Outlook etc when you want with and without an internet connection.

ClicktoRunvsOnDemand

What many people don’t realise is that there is also Office On Demand built into Office 365 which you are licensed for when you get hold of the Office 365 Pro Plus license.

Office On Demand

Located as a page in the SharePoint Online feature, users can stream Office to their computer.  The version is not installed (even though a file of less than 1MB is used to make it all happen) or cached and is a pure streaming version of office.

Unlike the full Office download, it requires your internet connection to always be up and connected for you to use it but does allow you to use the latest and greatest where ever you are without having to worry about large downloads.

To access Office on Demand you have to navigate to your Office 365 OneDrive for Business where it is then located down the left and side.

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With Office On Demand, there are some application not available such as Outlook.  If you are on the move, Outlook Web Access should provide you with great functionality.

Application Full Download On Demand
Word Yes Yes
Excel Yes Yes
PowerPoint Yes Yes
Access Yes Yes
Publisher Yes Yes
InfoPath Yes No
Outlook Yes No
OneNote Yes No
Lync Pro Client Yes No
Visio No Yes (with correct license)
Project No Yes (with correct license)

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Here are some other details and features

Feature Download On Demand
Initial Download required Yes Yes (but Microsoft quote no install is required)
Size of download 0.9MB 0.9MB
Additional Downloads Yes No
Offline Availability Yes No
Available from Office 365 Portal OneDrive for Business

What Else with Office on Demand

There are additional features with Office on Demand over Office 365 Pro Plus which includes Visio and Project.  These are also available if you have them licensed as part of your Office 365 subscription.

When to use Office on Demand

Using Office on Demand from your OneDrive Quick Launch is a great choice when you’re:

  • On a PC that you don’t use regularly (you don’t want to use up one of your 5 permissible subscription licenses, for example).
  • On a PC where you don’t have admin rights to perform an installation (you’re using a borrowed computer, for example).
  • On a PC at home if your IT administrator has disabled your ability to manage your installations (you’d like to install Office, but this option is not available).

quoted from office.microsoft.com

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