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Posted on 2013-07-01
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We want to start a trial of Project and Visio online. The trial will only be for a few members of staff and if successful it would be used by about 20 people.

Is the easiest way just to go to the Office 365 website and start a general trial of Office 365 - if so what plan would we use? The main plans don't seem to include Project or Visio, however I do see that there appears to be trials of both Project and Visio listed separately (but need an Office 365 subscription). We are not interested in Exchange, SharePoint or Lync at this stage, so what's the best way to start the Project and Visio trial?

I am speculating that you have to be running Windows 7 or 8 to connect to Office 365 and to use the latest version of Project/Visio? Do I download specific Office 365 versions off the Office 365 website somewhere?
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by:Scott Helmers
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I think you've done your homework well -- most of your speculation is right on the money.

None of the Office 365 plans include either Project or Visio. However, there is an O365 subscription plan available for both Project and Visio -- you just need to purchase them separately (see below). In terms of the Office 365 plan, you should be able to use the minimum plan because you don't need Exchange, Lync, etc.

Though it can be difficult to find the system requirements, you actually are not restricted to Win 7 or Win 8 to run Office 365. However, Win 7 or Win 8 is the minimum requirement for Visio and Project, so your need to run those apps will force you to Win 7/8.

In term of versions of Visio and Project, both need to be the 2013 versions and you need to use the online version of each: Visio Pro for Office 365 and Project Online.
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by:Hypervizor
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Thanks Scott.

So, can you actually use Windows XP for Office 365 for the general apps (not Project and Visio 2013)?
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Yes, it appears that you can. In fact, you can access O365 from a Mac and other platforms. The reason is that the main Office apps are web apps -- they run in the browser and are not "client" software in the traditional sense. Visio Online and Project Online, however, are both still client apps. Even though you subscribe to them via O365, when you launch them, the app code is actually downloaded to your PC on the fly. They are not web apps.
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Perfect, thanks.
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