O365 Multiple Users One Computer



  • How does O365 work if multiple users share a computer?

    I have a non-profit who approached me about a new system, and they wanted Office. Of course I recommended O365, since I'm pretty sure it will be free for them, and starting from scratch I think it's the best option to get Office and storage.

    But some of the computers will have multiple people using them.

    One other question ... how would you do a "guest access" account? Set up a "guest" O365 user? (I am assuming the answer to my question is going to be ... "each user needs their own O365 account.")



  • Each user that has Email needs their own account. However installing Office on a machine (just like traditional office licenses) is available to all users on that machine. Even if for their individual desktops they configure outlook for their own account. Don't think of office with )365 as anything other than a MS office license, cause that is exactly what it is.



  • How do you deploy Office in that situation? Can you get a License Key instead of logging in as one of the O365 users and associating their account with that machine?

    I haven't gotten there yet, but I've been wondering this same thing, even without the shared user situation.
    I want to deploy Office as part of my image - how do I give that install of Office validation against my O365 account?



  • @BRRABill said in O365 Multiple Users One Computer:

    How does O365 work if multiple users share a computer?

    You sign into O365 from inside of MS Office.



  • @Dashrender said in O365 Multiple Users One Computer:

    How do you deploy Office in that situation? Can you get a License Key instead of logging in as one of the O365 users and associating their account with that machine?

    Deploying doesn't require the account, using it does.



  • @StrongBad said in O365 Multiple Users One Computer:

    @Dashrender said in O365 Multiple Users One Computer:

    How do you deploy Office in that situation? Can you get a License Key instead of logging in as one of the O365 users and associating their account with that machine?

    Deploying doesn't require the account, using it does.

    So, Does every different user of the computer have to log into Office each time when they log into the computer?



  • @Dashrender said in O365 Multiple Users One Computer:

    @StrongBad said in O365 Multiple Users One Computer:

    @Dashrender said in O365 Multiple Users One Computer:

    How do you deploy Office in that situation? Can you get a License Key instead of logging in as one of the O365 users and associating their account with that machine?

    Deploying doesn't require the account, using it does.

    So, Does every different user of the computer have to log into Office each time when they log into the computer?

    Each user needs to sign in somehow, but I don't believe each time. Once they have signed in, often they stay signed in. And if you are using some kind of sync mechanism, which many people do, then signing into the user account for the desktop should be the sign in for MS Office.



  • Scott just posted in another thread the question - do you really need/want sync with O365?

    there was no answer - but even asking the question means you need to dig into the implications.



  • @StrongBad said

    Each user needs to sign in somehow, but I don't believe each time. Once they have signed in, often they stay signed in. And if you are using some kind of sync mechanism, which many people do, then signing into the user account for the desktop should be the sign in for MS Office.

    That seems to be the opposite of what @Minion-Queen said, no?



  • @BRRABill said in O365 Multiple Users One Computer:

    @StrongBad said

    Each user needs to sign in somehow, but I don't believe each time. Once they have signed in, often they stay signed in. And if you are using some kind of sync mechanism, which many people do, then signing into the user account for the desktop should be the sign in for MS Office.

    That seems to be the opposite of what @Minion-Queen said, no?

    MS Office from O365 requires that you sign in to use it. But it is on the machine with access to everyone.



  • @StrongBad said

    MS Office from O365 requires that you sign in to use it. But it is on the machine with access to everyone.

    So John can sign in, and then Susie and Bobby can both use it on their own PC account without needing an O365 account?



  • @BRRABill said in O365 Multiple Users One Computer:

    @StrongBad said

    MS Office from O365 requires that you sign in to use it. But it is on the machine with access to everyone.

    So John can sign in, and then Susie and Bobby can both use it on their own PC account without needing an O365 account?

    Susie and Bobby can't use Office legally on the computer, unless they too have a O365 account.



  • @Dashrender said

    Susie and Bobby can't use Office legally on the computer, unless they too have a O365 account.

    But like I said, that's not what @Minion-Queen said...
    "However installing Office on a machine (just like traditional office licenses) is available to all users on that machine. Even if for their individual desktops they configure outlook for their own account. Don't think of office with )365 as anything other than a MS office license, cause that is exactly what it is."



  • @BRRABill said in O365 Multiple Users One Computer:

    @StrongBad said

    MS Office from O365 requires that you sign in to use it. But it is on the machine with access to everyone.

    So John can sign in, and then Susie and Bobby can both use it on their own PC account without needing an O365 account?

    No, it will ask them to sign in.



  • @Minion-Queen would you like a chance at a rebuttal?



  • @BRRABill said in O365 Multiple Users One Computer:

    @Dashrender said

    Susie and Bobby can't use Office legally on the computer, unless they too have a O365 account.

    But like I said, that's not what @Minion-Queen said...
    "However installing Office on a machine (just like traditional office licenses) is available to all users on that machine. Even if for their individual desktops they configure outlook for their own account. Don't think of office with )365 as anything other than a MS office license, cause that is exactly what it is."

    It's not exactly like it, traditional Office was licensed per device. O365 Office is licensed per user. So each user of the machine needs an O365 license to be compliant.



  • Okay I tested it out. If you log in as a new user it asks you to sign in but works anyway. So you know that you have not signed in, but you aren't blocked from accessing the application.


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