12 Jan 2015

What happened to Microsoft's Office 365 Business Plans?

As business activity continues to intensify in the cloud, Microsoft has announced a number of important new upgrades to its Office 365 enterprise plans, delivering a wider range of business apps, collaboration tools and services for doing business smarter.

Currently there are four ‘advanced’ business plans for Office 365, and three entry-level plans.

Office 365 ‘advanced’

First cab off the rank in the former, is Office 365 Enterprise E1. For $11.20 per user per month, companies get a range of business services from email management, file storage, sharing, Skype for business, instant messaging and more, with web (not desktop) versions of Office applications.

Next is Office 365 ProPlus, at $191.2 per month, it is aimed at businesses needing desktop versions of office apps.

Office 365 Enterprise 3 (E3) – the most popular enterprise plan for Australian organisations comes with all the features of ProPlus and Enterprise E1, in addition to security and compliance tools, including data loss prevention, legal hold and others.

‘Legal hold’ lets companies configure mailbox settings that save original versions and deleted documents as required under data retention laws. It is priced at $29.59 per month, with a minimum 12-month commitment.

E3 offers six desktop Microsoft Office applications, plus four online versions for:

– Outlook
– Word
– Excel
– PowerPoint
– One Note
– Access (PC only)

And 10 Microsoft business services:

– Exchange
– SharePoint
– OneDrive
– Skype For Business
– Microsoft Teams
– Yammer
– Power BI Pro
– Stream
– Flow
– PowerApps

E1 and E3 each offer unlimited HD videoconferencing meetings with up to 250 people via Skype Business, as well as the ability to host meetings with up to 10,000 people with Skype Meeting Broadcast. And they both offer email hosting with 50GB mailbox and custom domains, with E1 users getting file storing and sharing with 1TB OneDrive storage, increasing to unlimited storage in the E3 plan.

Sitting on top of the advanced plans leader-board is Office 365 Enterprise E5. At $51.70 per month per user, E5 includes all of the apps and services mentioned above, in addition to Power Bi Pro and MyAnalytics; powerful tools to support better organisations and business intelligence through data analysis of Excel and other applications.

E5 also provides advanced security, governance and compliance features, in addition to PBX and PSTN telecommunications services.

All four advanced plans cover 5 phones, 5 tablets and 5 PCs (or Macs) for each license.

What are the three entry-levels for Office 365?

At $7.04 per user per month, Office 365 Business Essentials is the entry-level plan for businesses looking for simple yet reliable functionality. Popular services including Exchange SharePoint, OneDrive, Skype For Business, Microsoft Teams and Yammer are provided, along with web versions of Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Next is Office 365 Business. At $13.20 per month it’s for organisations with a bigger need for ‘desktop’ apps over services, while Office 365 Premium provides the best of both for $17.49 per user per month. 365 Business Essentials and 365 Premium also offer Business class email hosting with 50Gb storage, 1 terabyte of OneDrive storage and custom email domains.

All seven Office 365 plans services offer 24/7 phone and web support, and all prices include GST.

Feel free to get in touch with one of Brennan IT’s certified Microsoft consultants to discover how the right Office 365 plan can help you run your business better.

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