Microsoft Office Licensing: Volume vs. Office 365 for macOS


Microsoft has two distinct offerings of their Office suite: Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise (aka Office 365 ProPlus), and Office 2019 Volume License. There are some feature differences between the two which are summarized below.


This guide is for macOS versions of Office; however, the Windows version has similar differences between versions.


In this article:


Microsoft 365 and Office 2019 Feature Summary


Feature Comparison between Microsoft 365 and Office 2019 for macOS
  Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise Office 2019 Volume License
Included Applications Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote
Collaboration Features
  • Real-time coauthoring
  • @Mentions in Outlook
  • @Mentions in Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Show change ins PowerPoint While You Were Away
  • Shared with Me
  • Real-time coauthoring Word only
  • @Mentions in Outlook
Licensing All students, staff, and faculty can install and activate Microsoft 365 on up to 5 different devices at a time. Can be installed on any UA owned computer.
Feature Updates Receives the latest features, and updates as well as security updates and bug fixes. Receives security updates, and bug fixes only.
Use Cases
  • Real-time collaboration in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Computers where there is a primary user (not a shared computer)
  • Computers that have regular access to network/Internet
  • Enhanced content creation tools
  • Support for Researcher in Word and OneNote
  • Real-time collaboration in Word only
  • Shared computers (e.g. Kiosks, Labs, etc.)
  • Computers that are offline, or not connected to any network

Additional information regarding the differences between the two versions of the Microsoft Office suite is available by reading the Microsoft 365, and Office 2019 features comparison.


Find Current Office Version

  1. Open any Office application (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook). In this example we'll be using Outlook.
  2. In the top-left corner, click the Outlook menu.

    Microsoft Outlook for macOS Outlook menu highlighted
  3. Click About Outlook.

    Microsoft Outlook About Outlook menu highlighted
  4. The version of Microsoft Office installed will appear next to the License.
    Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise Microsoft Office 2019 Volume License
    Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise Outlook about box with license type highlighted Microsoft Office 2019 Volume License Outlook about box with license type highlighted



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