What is Office 365?

It’s familiar Microsoft Office collaboration and productivity tools delivered through the cloud. Everyone can work together easily with anywhere access to email, web conferencing, documents, and calendars.

It includes business-class security and is backed by Microsoft. Whether you are a small business or multinational enterprise, Office 365 offers plans designed to fit your organization’s unique needs. Learn more today.

Office 365 delivers user productivity you can count on

Virtually anywhere-access* to email, important documents, contacts, and calendars on nearly any device (including PC, Mac, Windows Phone, iPhone, Android phones, Symbian phones, and BlackBerry**).

Office 365 works with the software your users already know and use like Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint.

Office 365 takes the worry out of IT

An easy-to-use administration console allows IT administrators to stay in control of user accounts, access rights, and organization-wide deployment.

You can count on Microsoft, an industry leader in productivity, for reliability. Microsoft provides a financially-backed 99.9% uptime guarantee.

Microsoft Exchange Online

  • Outlook 2007/2010 and Outlook for Mac 2008/2011 connectivity, including Outlook Anywhere
  • Web-based access with Outlook Web App on Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome
  • Compatible with Microsoft Windows Phone, Apple iPhone and iPad, and many Android phones
  • Mobile device security policies, including PIN lock and remote device wipe
  • Large 25 gigabyte (GB) mailboxes and the ability to send messages up to 25 megabytes (MB) to 1,500 recipients per day

  • Deleted item retention and deleted mailbox recovery
  • Virus/spam filtering via Microsoft Forefront Online Security for Exchange
  • Built-in email archiving for compliance purposes
  • Flexible transport rules for applying disclaimers and other policies
  • Centralized, web-based access for administration and Remote PowerShell

Microsoft Lync Online

  • Instant messaging and Presence (online availability status)
  • PC-to-PC audio and video calling between Lync users
  • Lync federation allowing you to connect to Lync users in other organizations that use Lync
  • Ability to initiate ad-hoc and scheduled meetings
  • Ability to initiate multi-party (3 or more) Lync audio/video sessions

  • Online meetings for up to 250 attendees
  • Ability to tranfer files through Lync client
  • Content sharing (Screen share, virtual white board, and PowerPoint upload) for online presentations
  • Interoperability with certified partners for dial-in audio conferencing

Microsoft SharePoint Online

  • 10 gigabytes (GB) base customer storage plus 500 megabytes (MB) per enterprise user
  • Additional storage .20 per GB per month with no minimum purchase
  • 25TB per tenant storage limit
  • Up to 300 site collections (non-mysite) per tenant
  • Up to 100GB of storage per site collection with 5,000 object index limit

  • File upload limit of 250MB per file
  • Maximum Active Directory objects of 500,000
  • Document version control, check in/out, and email alerts when documents or other items have been changed or added to a site
  • Use of HTTPS to help keep Internet access secure
  • Antivirus scanning with Microsoft Forefront™ Security for SharePoint

Office 365 Plans | Learn More

Whether you are a new business or an established organization, a small office or a multinational enterprise, Office 365 offers plans tailored to meet your online productivity needs.

Microsoft Office 365 for professionals and small businesses

This service plan is designed for up to 25 employees who want:

  • A solution without dedicated IT staff
  • Essential email, calendar, and website services
  • Free online community support
  • Month-to-month subscription

Microsoft Office 365 for midsize businesses and enterprises

This service plan is great for any size organization that wants:

  • Advanced IT configuration and control
  • Office Professional Plus, Active Directory or advanced archiving
  • 24×7 IT Administrator support
  • Choice between monthly and annual contracts

Microsoft Office 365 for education

Learn about the plans that Microsoft Office 365 offers for academic and education institutions.

Office 365 Plans

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Office and Office 365?

Office is productivity software (including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and OneNote) that is installed on your desktop or laptop computer. Office 365 is an online subscription service that provides email, shared calendars, the ability to create and edit documents online, instant messaging, web conferencing, a public website for your business, and internal team sites—all accessible anywhere from nearly any device.

Customers with Office 2010 installed on their computer can quickly configure their software to work with Office 365.

These users can easily retrieve, edit and save Office docs in the Office 365 cloud, co-author docs in real-time with others, quickly initiate PC-to-PC calls, instant messages and web conferences with others.

Office 365 is also compatible with Office 2007 and newer editions of Office and select Office 365 plans include Office Professional Plus.

What is the cloud?

The cloud is a friendly way of describing web-based computing services. Information storage, computation, and software are located and managed remotely on servers owned by Microsoft.

Because this infrastructure is located online, you can access it virtually anywhere from a desktop, laptop, or mobile phone.

How many users does Office 365 support?

Office 365 is scalable and can support everyone from a one-person business to companies with tens of thousands of users. Office 365 for small businesses (Plan P1) is best for companies with up to 25 employees and can accommodate up to 50 users.

Office 365 midsized business and enterprise plans (E1-4) and kiosk plans (K1-K2) fit organizations ranging in size from a single employee to 50,000-plus users. You can compare all the options here. Our plan advisor can help you select the best plan for your needs.

Will Office 365 work with my copy of Office?

Office 365 works with best with Office 2010 and Office 2011 for Mac. Office 365 also works with slightly limited functionality for Office 2007 and Office 2008 for Mac.

If you have an earlier edition of Office, you will need to update to a newer version of Office in order to use Office 365.