ArcGIS Maps for Office and ArcGIS
With ArcGIS Maps for Office, you can easily create maps that combine your Microsoft Office data with published geographic content from ArcGIS. You can also share the maps you create in ArcGIS Maps for Office with others within and outside of your organization using ArcGIS. ArcGIS provides an online infrastructure for making maps and geographic information available throughout an organization, across a community, and openly on the web.
ArcGIS Maps for Office works directly with your organization's ArcGIS subscription to allow you to access geographic content to enhance your business data. You must be signed in to ArcGIS to use ArcGIS Maps for Office; depending how your administrator has configured the application, you may be prompted to enter your ArcGIS credentials. Your subscription includes a number of service credits, which are the currency of ArcGIS and are used in exchange for most of the ArcGIS services your organization uses. The number of service credits required depends on the type of service you are using. To help you estimate how many service credits you will need, see Understand credits.
With ArcGIS Maps for Office, you can easily add data from ArcGIS to your map to help you visualize your data in new ways. Once you have created the desired maps and layers in ArcGIS Maps for Office, you can publish them to ArcGIS to share them with others.