How does Microsoft 365 licensing work?

garyc

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I have been digging through Microsoft's site for this, but they are a bit vague on the details.

The Personal license is for a single computer, but the software can be installed across several machines. In order to switch machines does one have to log out of Microsoft 365 first and then log on in the subsequent machine, log off the original machine altogether, or something else?
 

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Personal can be installed and activated on a few devices,you can remove a device from the account if you hit the cap and that office will be deactivated when next it tries to check its status online
 

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Yip, I think it's 5 devices .... So with the ONE microsoft account you can run it on 5 PC's
 

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I have been digging through Microsoft's site for this, but they are a bit vague on the details.

The Personal license is for a single computer, but the software can be installed across several machines. In order to switch machines does one have to log out of Microsoft 365 first and then log on in the subsequent machine, log off the original machine altogether, or something else?
You don’t switch between them, they are all activated at the same time with same account.

Then it’s managed on portal.office.com and when you want to remove one you go disable it there and can use it somewhere else.
 

garyc

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Thanks all. This helps to clarify the purchasing decision.
 

chrishellmax

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ive used it for a year now. quite resonable for the benefits you get out of it. and sharing the licence is way worth it.
 

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So with the ONE microsoft account you can run it on 5 PC's
More accurately, they removed the install limit for subscribers and permit 5/6 active installs at any point in time: sauce

Does mean managing updates becomes interesting....
 

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Just remember if multiple people will be using Microsoft 365 them it is better to go with family 365 as you can share with 6 people and they can each install on 5 devices but they can only use one device at a time.
 

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Just remember if multiple people will be using Microsoft 365 them it is better to go with family 365 as you can share with 6 people and they can each install on 5 devices but they can only use one device at a time.
Not true, I've used multiple devices concurrently. Also, did you even read the thread?
 

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Just remember if multiple people will be using Microsoft 365 them it is better to go with family 365 as you can share with 6 people and they can each install on 5 devices but they can only use one device at a time.
You can share your subscription benefits with up to five other people in your household, (total of 6 people using your subscription). These people can be inside or outside of your Microsoft family, and each person can install Office on all their devices and be signed in to Office on five devices at the same time.
 

craigcul

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Thanks Mighty Quin.

It amazing how the licensing has changed over the years when I started with office365 home it was maximum 5 devices in total. Now you say it is 6 people each can use 5 devices at a time.
 

Daruk

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Where did you get 10 from?

"If you have more than five devices, Office will sign you out of devices automatically to stay within your sign-in limit. To use Office on a device where you've been signed out, just sign back in."

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us...278-8daf-d4a2cc0905e0?ui=en-us&rs=en-us&ad=us
I see it's 10 across all 6 users, not 10 per user.

You can share your subscription benefits with up to five other people in your household, (total of 6 people using your subscription). These people can be inside or outside of your Microsoft family, and each person can install Office on all their devices and be signed in to Office on five devices at the same time.


Office on all your devices
The Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal subscriptions currently include device install limits. Home limits subscribers to 10 devices in total (across five users) and Personal limits subscribers to one PC or Mac and one tablet. Starting October 2, subscribers can install Office on an unlimited number of devices—and be signed into their accounts on up to five of those devices at the same time.

Six licenses rather than five
The Office 365 Home subscription is already an incredible deal. For just $99.99 a year, five people can get their own licenses to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote—plus 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage and other valuable apps and services. Starting October 2, we’re increasing the number of licenses in a Home subscription from 5 to 6. That’s right: we’re adding an additional person to the subscription with no change in price. To be clear, that’s 6 people with their own license and 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage each—for a total of 6 TB. We’re also integrating the Home subscription more deeply into the Microsoft family service, so your subscription will automatically be shared with the people you’ve set up as members of your family.

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