Does office 365 work offline or require internet

I want to purchase Office 365 University for Windows 8 computer and Surface Pro tablet and use it as my office programs. But I am not sure if Office 365 requires a constant internet connection to use. The SkyDrive account doesn’t support offline, and I need to still access my Word or Excel document from my hard drive. So I am confused on Office 365 with cloud storage or Office 2013 version.

You need to install an Office 365 app on your computer. The programs include Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher and Access. Office 365 Home Premium can be installed on up to five computers running Windows 7 or Windows 8, and the Small Business Premium works on five PCs or Macs.

Users can still save files to the PC. If you don’t connect to the Internet and open a document, it will remind that the version of the document you are reading is an offline copy. After edited and getted connection, document will updated and saved online.


5 thoughts on “Does office 365 work offline or require internet

  1. This does not answer the question that was asked. I personally have no access to word and excel offline. I purchased 365 university. It should say in the description that there is a requirement for internet before you buy the program. Waste of money if you don’t have WiFi at home.

    • You have to install the software on your computer from what I understand. Once the software is installed on PC then you can use Offline. (However if tablet doesn’t have enough storage space you must use online)

  2. Microsoft’s description at the above link. (Must have internet access every 39 days)

    Internet access is required to install and activate all the latest releases of Office suites and all Office 365 subscription plans. For Office 365 plans, Internet access is also needed to manage your subscription account, for example to install Office on other PCs or to change billing options. Internet access is also required to access documents stored on OneDrive, unless you install the OneDrive desktop app. You should also connect to the Internet regularly to keep your version of Office up to date and benefit from automatic upgrades. If you do not connect to the Internet at least every 39 days, your applications will go into reduced functionality mode, which means that you can view or print your documents, but cannot edit the documents or create new ones. To reactivate your Office applications, simply reconnect to the Internet.

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