Since my workplace moved to Office 365 many years back, whichever computers the Office 365 desktop is installed on, the various Apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc) were also accessible on any other Windows user account on the computer, although obviously without access to the workplace network. For example, on my laptop I’ve a Workplace account and a local account. Previously when I logged into the local account, I could use Word, Excel, etc. if I needed to edit something.
Since Microsoft changed the small business branding from Office 365 to Microsoft 365, they now restrict the Office licence to the workplace Windows account. When I launch Word on the computer’s local user account, this is what it now shows:
At first I thought it was just trying to get me to sign in to link my OneDrive, but nope. When I tried closing this, it showed this:
Unsurprisingly, cancelling this gives this:
I switched user account to my Workplace account and sure enough, it remains activated:
So far I haven’t come across any news about this, but thought I’ll mention in case anyone else has a laptop with a business Microsoft 365 Office installation and uses a local account for personal use. If the Office Apps still work, they probably won’t work for long, which I’ve no doubt is Microsoft closing this loophole. I also tried logging in with my personal Microsoft account on the local Windows account, but got a message saying this Microsoft account does not have an Office subscription.