Make subscription versions of Office 365 work (make new features available) even when I'm not connected to the internet / am offline.
In the past Office worked independently of the Internet. Now I'm forced to have an Internet connection to get anything done. I pay my annual fee and should be able to use all Office Products when offline.
This isn’t an Excel specific issue (so there’s nothing we can do in Excel to change this), but I’ll try to give a bit of info here to be helpful.
With Office 365, you don’t need to be connected to the internet at all times in order to use the “new” (subscription) functionality that is part of the monthly/annual fee. Office licensing has a “heartbeat” that checks your license and then caches that information locally for the times when you’re offline. That cache lasts for about a month – so as long as you connect to the internet monthly, you shouldn’t run into a problem where features aren’t working.
That may not solve everyone’s problem (I realize there are some people with no internet connection at all, and a non-subscription version of Office may be better in those situations), but hopefully it helps a bit.
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Stephen Booth commented
I have a similar issue where I sometimes need to work on sites with no open WiFi and I can't use the hardwired network (if there is one) for security reasons. It would be very helpful if there was some sort of grace period (say a week or a month) where so long as an Office product has been able to 'Phone Home' in that period then they will all work without turning off features (unless it's a feature that explicitly needed internet connectivity such as online help or access to One Drive) or putting up the "Unlicensed Product" banner.
I realise that this is for revenue protection, but how much revenue, proportionate to the total, would be lost to people using the product a week or even a month longer than they were licensed for?