Microsoft’s Home Use Program enters its next phase as Office Professional Plus HUP licences are removed from the July 2019 Product Terms.
You can still buy HUP licences for Project and Visio, but licences for the Office products to use at home are now covered by Office 365 Home or Personal subscriptions.
If you want a reminder of the new Home Use Program then our previous blog articles are useful – Office 365 Home Use Program Benefit (http://bit.ly/2yj0Qj1) and Home Use Program FAQ: http://bit.ly/2SLj2LJ.
Microsoft announce (July 2018) that Visio Visual for Power BI is generally available. This allows a user to use Visio Online and Power BI together to illustrate and compare data as both diagrams and visualisations in one place. From a licensing perspective, Office 365 subscribers can use five free trial instances of Visio Visual and after that, any user can view visuals, and users licensed with Visio Online Plan 1 or Plan 2 can edit a Visio Visual in Power BI.
Find the announcement here: http://bit.ly/2P9zTom.
Microsoft announce Visio Online. This allows you to view Visio diagrams in a browser, working in a similar way to the other Office Online tools – but with no editing capabilities.
You can find the announcement here: http://bit.ly/2lRUb7u and for information on which Office 365 licences include Visio Online (most of them) and which browsers are supported (many) then go to this FAQ page: http://bit.ly/2lNzusK.
If you want to share Office applications from the cloud then there’s a good article from Microsoft that explains how you need to license this scenario.
Essentially you need an Office 365 ProPlus subscription and an Azure RemoteApp USL – note that a traditional Office Professional Plus 2016 licence isn’t an option.
The article also covers notions such as shared computer activation, Visio and Project, and an overview of how you get started with Office 365 and Azure RemoteApp. It’s definitely worth a read – find it here: http://bit.ly/1MpF6lB.
I know – Visio isn’t the trickiest product in the Microsoft stable to license. However, it IS nice to have the licensing for all the different flavours in one place: this Microsoft page includes Visio Standard and Professional, as well as Visio Pro for Office 365, and Visio Services. http://bit.ly/1gIjsgi.