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Office 365 – Number of allowed installations


After answering a few questions on Ten Forums about the allowed number of installs for various Office 365 subscriptions, I thought it might be a good idea to put all this information in one place. In this post you’ll find information about the install limits for all O365 subscription products.

Office 365 Personal

– One user with a Microsoft Account
– Office can be installed on an unlimited number of computers (PC and Mac)
– A maximum of 5 computers can be online at the same time
– Installs can be managed (Office removed from specific computers) through the Microsoft Account management page

Office 365 Home

– Six users, including a subscriber with a Microsoft Account can share Office 365 with five additional users
– Each user can install Office on an unlimited number of computers (PC and Mac)
– Each user can have a maximum of 5 computers online at the same time
– Installs can be managed, and Office removed from specific computers through the Microsoft Account management page

Office 365 Business

– One user
– O365 Business Essentials only contains Office Online apps, no desktop applications
– O365 Business and Business Essentials, and Office applications can be installed on a maximum of 5 computers
– Installs can be managed (Office removed from specific computers) through the My Account page on the Office Portal

Office 365 Enterprise

– One user
– O365 Enterprise Plan E1 only contains Office Online apps, no desktop applications
– O365 Enterprise Plan E3 and Plan E5, and Office applications can be installed on a maximum of 5 computers
– Installs can be managed (Office removed from specific computers) through the My Account page the Office Portal

Office 365 Education

– One user
– O365 Education Plan AE1 only contains Office Online apps, no desktop applications
– O365 Enterprise Plan A3 and Plan A5, Office applications can be installed on a maximum of 5 computers
– Installs can be managed (Office removed from specific computers) on the My Account page on the Office Portal

Office 365 Government

– One user
– O365 Government uses O365 Enterprise plans
– O365 Enterprise Plan E1 only contains Office Online apps, no desktop applications
– O365 Enterprise Plan E3 and Plan E5, Office applications can be installed on a maximum of 5 computers
– Installs can be managed (Office removed from specific computers) on the My Account page on the Office Portal

Office 365 Pro Plus

One user
– Office applications can be installed on a maximum of 5 computers
– Installs can be managed (Office removed from specific computers) on the My Account page on the Office Portal

Information collected from following sites:
Office 365 Home or Personal subscription
O365 Business – Compare plans
O365 Education – Compare plans
O365 Enterprise – Compare plans
O365 Government – Compare plans

Kari

Author: Kari Finn

A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.

4 Responses “Office 365 – Number of allowed installations”

  1. Toni Fasth
    June 27, 2019 at 16:42

    Thanks for this. Many users don’t have much information/knowledge of how all this works.

    I have a Home subscription and currently occupying 4/5 shares (soon to be 5/5). It’s a real bargain because of the 1TB storage each user gets in addition to all the Office tools.

    • June 27, 2019 at 19:16

      I think that Microsoft now allowing Personal and Home subscribers unlimited installs is quite generous gesture, in addition to that Home now allows 5 shares instead of earlier 4.

      • Toni Fasth
        June 27, 2019 at 22:11

        Now when you mentioned it… yeah, it used to be 4 shares. Very generous indeed.

  2. July 8, 2019 at 17:39

    Have to agree – it was very limited before, IIRC when I obtained my sub, at first it was 4 users, 2 devices / user. I do remember that they went up to 5, which provided me with a bit of relief, but last I had checked, the number of devices was still limited.

    This unlimited devices (and only any 5 active at once) is a blessing. I can finally deploy it to my family across their devices without any hassles.

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