Office plans include premium versions of these applications plus other services that are enabled over the Internet, including online storage with OneDrive and Skype minutes 1 for home use. Office plans are available as a monthly or annual subscription. Learn more. How do I know if my computer can run Office ? See system requirements for compatible versions of Windows and macOS, and for other feature requirements. Is internet access required for Office ? However, Internet access is required to install and activate all the latest releases of Office suites and all Office subscription plans.
For Office plans, Internet access is also needed to manage your subscription account, for example to install Office on other PCs or to change billing options. Internet access is also required to access documents stored on OneDrive, unless you install the OneDrive desktop app.
You should also connect to the Internet regularly to keep your version of Office up to date and benefit from automatic upgrades. To reactivate your Office applications, reconnect to the Internet. Will I still have control of my documents with Office ? Documents that you have created belong fully to you. If you cancel your subscription or it expires, you can still access and download all your files by signing in to OneDrive directly using the Microsoft account you used to set up Office You do lose the additional storage that comes with your subscription, so you must save your files elsewhere or buy more OneDrive storage if your OneDrive account exceeds the free storage quota.
When would my subscription start? If you purchase an auto-renew subscription, your subscription starts when you complete your purchase.
You can purchase auto-renew subscriptions from Office If you purchase a pre-paid subscription, your subscription starts when you activate your subscription and land on your My Account page. You can purchase pre-paid subscriptions from a retailer or reseller, or a Microsoft support agent. How do I share Office with the rest of my household? If you have an active Office Home subscription, you can share it with up to four members of your household.
To add someone to your subscription, visit www. Each person you add will receive an email with the steps they need to follow. Once they have accepted and completed the steps, their information, including the installs they are using, will appear on your My Account page. You can stop sharing your subscription with someone or remove a device they are using at www.
When you use cloud-based services, your IT infrastructure resides off your property off-premises , and is maintained by a third party hosted , instead of residing on a server at your home or business on-premises that you maintain. With Office , for example, information storage, computation, and software are located and managed remotely on servers owned by Microsoft. Many services you use every day are a part of the cloud—everything from web-based email to mobile banking and online photo storage.
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The Activation Wizard in Office When installing a retail copy of Windows or Office, the user is asked to input a unique product key supplied on a certificate of authenticity included with the program, which is later verified during activation. Throughout this grace period, the user will be periodically reminded to activate the program, with warnings becoming more frequent over time. Programs purchased under this license must still be activated, with the exception of Windows XP and all versions of Office released prior to Office On each boot, Windows confirms the presence of specific information stored in the BIOS by the manufacturer, ensuring the activation only remains valid on that computer, even if the product key is used on another machine. In Windows XP , Windows Server , and Windows Server R2 , after a grace period of 30 days, the operating system cannot be used at all until the activation process is completed successfully. The reduced functionality varies based on whether the operating system is simply out of grace or has undergone a failed activation. In the former case, built-in games and premium features like Windows Aero are disabled, and the system is rebooted every hour; in the latter case, certain premium features are disabled and some content is not available from Windows Update.