What’s the difference between Office 365 Business and Office 365 ProPlus?

There are two stand alone versions of Microsoft Office that can be purchased on subscription from Office 365:

  • Office 365 Business
  • Office 365 ProPlus.

These can also be bundled in with (or purchased in addition to) various other Microsoft Office 365 services such as Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Skype for Business.

  • Office 365 Business is bundled in with the Office 365 Business Premium plan.
  • Office 365 ProPlus is bundled in with the Office 365 E3 and E4 plans.

In general these two applications are the more or less the same. You’ll have the ability to:

  • Install Office applications on up to five computers for each subscriber
  • Run the major Microsoft Office applications of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc…
  • Install and use the Office applications on a iOS, Android and Windows mobile devices
  • Upgrade to a newer version of the software whenever a new version is released

Major differences between Office 365 Business and Office 365 ProPlus:

  • Office 365 Business costs 7.00 GBP + VAT / month. Office 365 ProPlus costs 10.10 GBP + VAT / month. Pricing assumes a yearly commitment. You can purchase Office 365 Business for 8.50 GBP + VAT / month without a yearly commitment.
  • Office 365 Business can only be deployed for up to 300 users within an organisation; Office 365 ProPlus does not have this restriction.
  • Office 365 ProPlus includes Microsoft Access

There are a number of smaller differences between the two versions of the software:

  • Since Office 365 Business doesn’t have Access then features such as Database compare are not available
  • Office 365 ProPlus allows the ability to run Microsoft Office on a virtual desktops hosted on a Windows Server running Remote Desktop Services along with the ability to activate this for all the users. Office 365 Business does not.
  • Office 365 ProPlus has a few useful Excel tools: Excel Spreadsheet Compare, Excel Spreadsheet Inquire, Power Pivot for Excel, Power Query for Excel, Power View for Excel; that Office 365 Business does not.
  • Office 365 ProPlus supports Exchange Online and SharePoint Online Archiving and Compliance. These are used with the powered up versions (Plan 2) of Exchange Online and SharePoint Online and allow a company to put in place message retention and eDiscovery requirements. Office 365 Business does not support these.
  • Office 365 ProPlus has Group Policy support e.g. if you want to implement an add-in across an organisation but don’t want to have to go to each machine to do this then this is what you’d use. Office 365 Business does not have this functionality.
  • Office 365 ProPlus supports Information Rights Management which works in tandem with the Azure Rights Management options in some Office 365 Plans. Office 365 Business does not have this functionality.
  • Office 365 ProPlus includes InfoPath Designer which is used to design, distribute, complete and submit electronic forms and can be used in conjunction with SharePoint Online. Office 365 Business does not include InfoPath Designer.
  • Office 365 ProPlus supports Office Telemetry; a monitoring framework that can speed up Office deployments by helping discover business critical Office documents and solutions in the company. Office 365 Business does not support this.
  • Office 365 ProPlus supports the ability to block cloud-based file storage through a registry edit. This can’t be achieved in Office 365 Business.

If you found this article useful then you’ll want to check out our Ultimate Office 365 FAQ.