When it comes to commonly used productivity software, Microsoft® has dominated the market since the introduction of Office in the early nineteen-nineties. Microsoft Office is such an industry standard that even its competitors must have some degree of compatibility to get the attention of potential users, although that compatibility is often overstated. One of the reasons for the success of Office is that Microsoft offers editions with varying levels of functionality (and price) while maintaining a familiar interface and compatibility with each other.


One of these editions is Office 365™ F1, which is a relatively scaled down edition, intended for “Firstline” workers. Microsoft describes these workers as those who are often the first to engage with customers, whether from behind a counter, on the phone, in a clinic, on the shop floor or in the field. Another way to look at it would be to consider F1 users as “deskless users”, who will primarily use Office 365 on a mobile device.


Office 365 F1 was previously known as Office 365 K1, and includes 2GB of cloud storage for each user and online access to Office applications, as well as e-mail, scheduling, communication, and access to management tools which are commonly used by employees who may need limited Office and collaboration functionality, but it’s a relatively minor part of their job. In many cases, the capabilities and functionality using F1 will be less than other editions.


Office 365 F1 has a list price of $4 per user, per month, with an annual commitment. It requires the organization to have an active Office 365 license, but they may purchase F1 subscriptions for as many users as necessary.



Jan 2018