We get asked this question all the time. New clients come to us and say that they already paid for software and hardware for their personal use and that they want to bring it into their office. We don’t advise this for a number of reasons that we explain below.
Although you might be using the Microsoft Office Home or Personal edition for you and your family, you shouldn’t use it for your business.
Why is this?
Not only do the Business and Enterprise editions of Microsoft Office 365 offer a more advanced feature set than the Home and Personal editions, they include collaborative applications and management tools that are designed for meeting business security and compliance challenges.
The Personal Edition is designed for an individual user. Only one person is licensed to use the software with this version. You’ll get 1 TB of OneDrive Cloud storage for one user. And with the Personal version, you can install the software on one computer, one tablet, and one phone.
The Home edition of Microsoft Office 365 is the same as the Personal version, but you’re only allowed to install it on up to five computers, five tablets, and five phones. Each user is given 1 TB of OneDrive Cloud storage.
Plus you won’t have the access you need to Microsoft’s Exchange Server (for your email addresses and website domain), nor will you have access to SharePoint (an internal company website), or Microsoft Teams (for team collaboration and communication).
The license from Microsoft explicitly prohibits the use of Office 365 Home Edition in a business environment.
“Office 365 Home: On five PCs/Macs and five tablets, for use only by members of the same household as the licensed subscriber… Only one person at a time may use the software on each licensed device. The service/software may not be used for commercial, non-profit, or revenue-generating activities.”
These are some of the plans you can choose from…
In addition to the complete desktop and online Office 365 suite of applications with Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, OneNote, Access (PC only), Publisher (PC only), SharePoint, and OneDrive, this plan offer includes:
You’ll receive business services, email, file storage and sharing, Office Online, meetings and Instant Messaging, and more.
In addition to Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access (PC only), Publisher (PC only) and OneDrive (1TB storage), this plan includes:
Microsoft Office 365 is typically purchased through a Microsoft Partner like HitsTech because we can help you decide which version is best for your unique business needs.
To start, it better be business-based. It’s clear that when you use home-designed software, you’re not only in violation of Microsoft’s policies, and adding extra work to your plate – you’re missing out on the many specifically implemented benefits that business-based technology has to offer.
If you’re unsure of how to go about upgrading, one of the best ways to determine your needs and find the right solution to meet them is to work with a qualified company like HitsTech. With the right expertise on your side, you can take stock of your IT needs and determine exactly what your next step should be.
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