Office 365 Licensing and Usage Question

I am trying to find the most economical way to get Office 365 (with Outlook 365) on a computer. In this scenario I have one computer with 5 different people logging in. Microsoft said I could get on Office 365 Pro license (to get Office) and five Office 365 Essentials licenses to get mail. This guy was saying that all users can use Office once it is installed but that it would prevent them from "Signing In". He wasn't too sure of himself.

   So is he correct? If I get one Office 365 Pro license and install it on a computer can all users of that computer legally use Office? What do they lose by not being able to "Sign In"?

Actually he just emailed and took it one step further. He said I could install one Office 365 license on 5 computer. That can't possibly be try can it?
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LockDown32OwnerAsked:
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Vasil Michev (MVP)Connect With a Mentor Commented:
No, Pro Plus licenses are PER USER. Each user can activate Office on up to 5 desktops, but still needs to be the same user. For "no sing-in" alternative, you can use other Office SKUs, such as VL, but that's hardly an option for just 5 users...

Users can still use the webmail (OWA) to access their mail though.
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LockDown32OwnerAuthor Commented:
OK. Let's bump this up a little for clarification. Let's say there are 10 different users on this one computer. You are saying to get Office and Business Email they would need 10 Office 365 Business Premium licenses? Correct?

So 10 @ 12.50 per month is 122.50 @ 12 months is $1470 per year?

But if they purchased a retail copy of Office 2016 Pro at $350 and then 10 Business Essentials for business mail (10 @ 5 = $50 per month @ 12 months = $600 per year) is $950 per year

So it is actually much cheaper in this case to get on Retail Office and 10 Office 365 Essentials. You really have to sit down and do this math for each and every computer a company has?
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Todd NelsonConnect With a Mentor Systems EngineerCommented:
You are saying to get Office and Business Email they would need 10 Office 365 Business Premium licenses? Correct?

With O365 ProPlus (Office client), for users to access O365 services, licenses are per user, not machine.
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LockDown32OwnerAuthor Commented:
Todd according to Microsoft web page  O365 Pro Plus does not have Business Email. Unless I am mistaken to get Office and Business email the entry point is Office 365 Business Premium. What I am trying to do is get them to Office 365 with Office and Business Email as economically as possible.
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Todd NelsonConnect With a Mentor Systems EngineerCommented:
O365 ProPlus is the client software that includes Outlook.  Does not matter if you are using Office 2016 (retail) or Office 365 ProPlus from a single machine or multiple machines, if you want 5 or 10 users to access their own mailbox using Outlook, you need a O365 license for each user.
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LockDown32OwnerAuthor Commented:
Correct but O365 Pro Plus will not solve the problem. It does not have Business Email.
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Todd NelsonConnect With a Mentor Systems EngineerCommented:
I never implied that it would because it is only a client.
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LockDown32OwnerAuthor Commented:
No but "What I am trying to do is get them to Office 365 with Office and Business Email as economically as possible". I need a complete solution. I am back on the phone with Microsoft. I am going to bet I get the same answer as I did before. Do you have a link to their licensing policy for O365?
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Todd NelsonConnect With a Mentor Systems EngineerCommented:
Office 365 Business Essentials will get you Exchange Online but not O365 ProPlus (client) for $5 user/mo.

Office 365 Business Premium will get you Exchange Online and O365 ProPlus (client) for $12 user/mo.

Take a look at the subscriptions currently available in this link.  Also, make sure you review the subscriptions shown on the left side of the page...

https://products.office.com/en-us/business/compare-more-office-365-for-business-plans
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LockDown32OwnerAuthor Commented:
I spoke with Microsoft yet again. They do actually expect you to go through every computer in the business to determine the most cost effecting approach for that computer. I don't know why I would expect anything less. Thanks guys.
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