Can I use Office 365 Business Essentials with an Office 365 Home software?


I have a subscription for Office 365 Home and would like to setup an Exchange server with a custom domain name so me and a couple friends can sync our calendars, contacts and even mails from out Outlook desktop, web and mobile apps. What I understand from reading the description of Office 365 Business Essentials, I can pay $6 per month/user and have access to an Exchange server (plus some other stuff) and sync our Outlook apps to it BUT customer service says I cannot use my Home version of Office like that, which makes no sense to me.

What I want in the end game, once the company we are setting up is running, is a common calendar where one person (i.e. secretary) can arrange our meetings and other day-to-day stuff and we can all see all contacts in a shared address book. Also (maybe possible) have common custom templates for emails, setup out-of-office messages and everything you normally do in an office when having an in-house Exchange server.

Is it possible to achieve what I want?

Thanks in advance!


Hi Cesar,

Please let me clarify something.

1. You cannot add Office 365 Business Essentials to your current Office 365 Home subscription.

2. what will happen when I open my Outlook desktop app, go to File -> Office Account, click Switch account?I'll add the new business user account and Outlook will tell me that that account doesn't have a license for the Outlook desktop app. Won't it?

- As the Outlook client is still under Office 365 Home subscription, so you are just using a different account on a Home client. Outlook accept any type of accounts. It won't tell anything. However, I think there is no need to use the Home subscription anymore as BP subscription already have the Office suites.



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Last updated June 11, 2020 Views 2,608 Applies to: