MS Office, which installed version to buy, Business or Professional?

We are upgrading our Exchange server to 2016 and now need to upgrade our Outlook 2007 to 2016. We have MS Office Professional 2007 now, but I don't know which version of 2016 to order.  The Business version or the Professional version?  We really only need it for Outlook, Excel and Word, so what I am wondering is if there is any difference?

All workstations are Win7Pro and we all VPN to the server at our Data Center. Everyone works remote.  

NOTE:-PLEASE, Experts, keep this focused on locally installed MS Office software working with Exchange 2016 on our server.  I will not consider 365 subscription and having posts here on that will only waste time and be frustrating to you and to me.  I say this in the kindest of ways, having spent much time in numerous posts back and forth in prior discussions, I absolutely will not use 365 subscription, for multiple reasons.  Please only discuss installed options.  Thanks in advance.
wfcrrAsked:
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Paul JacksonSoftware EngineerCommented:
If you only need Outlook, Excel and Word you only need the Business version, the professional version comes with these also but additionally comes with Publisher and Access too.
The business version is also about half the price of the professional version.
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wfcrrAuthor Commented:
Thanks.  One thing I cannot remember is why we went with Professional version of MS Office 2007.  I remember there was something about Professional that we had to have, where lesser versions wouldn't do something, something to do with Outlook, but it has been so many years, I dont' remember what that was.  That is what I am concerned about with purchasing 2016, I have to get a bunch of them, so am wondering about potential pitfalls to non-Pro version.  Does MS allow the Business version to be upgraded to the Professional version, if for some reason we must use Professional?
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CompProbSolvCommented:
I don't believe that there is any sort of upgrade path other than full purchase of Pro and installing it.  Do you have any need for Publisher or Access?  If not, then Business is a good choice.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I would get a version that comes with Power Point as well as Word, Excel and Outlook. If Business comes with Power Point and that is all you need, go with that.

Look to the future as it can be pricey to make a mistake. Survey your users.
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Let's GoCommented:
Are you thinking of the Business Contract Manager for Outlook?  That tool was included in Office 2007 Small Business and Professional, but not in Office Standard.  As far as I know, Office 2013 was the last version with BCM.

If that is what you need, other experts may be able to suggest alternatives.  I've never used the product myself.
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ecarboneCommented:
There are no 'upgrade' paths with Microsoft. You have three options:

1. Purchase your licenses with SA (software assurance) and if a new version is released within that eligibility period, you have the right to use the newer version at no charge

2. Or, purchase without SA and if a new version comes out a month later, you get to buy it all over again

3. Or subscription (Office 365) which I know you don't want to hear so I'll stop right here

If I remember correctly there was one early version of Outlook that would not connect to Exchange server, or it had a limitation of only connecting to one Exchange account. Regardless that is no longer the case. Your cheapest "one time purchase" suite option is Microsoft Office Home and Business Edition. (Note: Home and STUDENT edition does not come with Outlook).

You can buy Outlook by itself (retails for $129)
     https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/buy/cart

But I HIGHLY recommend getting the Home and Business Edition. Why? Because Outlooks email composition engine is based on Microsoft Word. You might run into some obscure compatibility weirdness if you are running (for example) Outlook 2016 and Word 2007. I'm not saying it can't be done, but consider that by the time you purchase Outlook and Word standalone, you could have purchased the entire Home and Business Suite.
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McKnifeCommented:
"business version"? The volume license version (recommended for businesses) without "Microsoft Access" is called the "standard version", see https://products.office.com/en/business/microsoft-office-volume-licensing-suites-comparison
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You have a few options:
1. Microsoft Office Professional Plus (Volume)
2. Microsoft Office Standard (Volume)
3. Microsoft Office Home and Business (Retail)
4. Microsoft Office Professional (Retail)

1 and 2 can be compared here:
https://products.office.com/en-us/business/microsoft-office-volume-licensing-suites-comparison

3 and 4 can be compared here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/b/office?icid=Cat-O365-_linknavallOffice-051717-en_US&activetab=tab:business (Scroll down, it's under other office products for home and business)

There are certain things you can ONLY do with volume licensed purchased versions, including:
1. Image based deployment
2. Single Product Key
3. Remote Desktop Installation

Given the relative deployment ease and the ability to use Remote Desktop, you should be purchasing volume ONLY.  Meaning options 3 and 4 should be discarded.  The administrative overhead managing what key goes with what computer and email address - even if you THINK you're good at tracking it - can be a nightmare... and while doing it NOW may seem easy, if you have to start reloading machines it can be havoc!
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AmitIT ArchitectCommented:
Just go for Office Standard 2016, it has all what you need. No need spend money on Professional.

If you ask my advise, MS sales team can answer you much better. So, you contact MS for licensing questions.
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