Office 365 Enterprise Plans – Comparison

As business activity continues to intensify in the cloud, Microsoft has announced several key upgrades to its Office 365 enterprise plans, delivering a wide 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.

In this article, we take a deeper look into each these respected Office 365 Enterprise plans.

Office 365 E1: What’s Included?

First cab off the rank in the former, is Office 365 Enterprise E1. 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, which is aimed at businesses needing desktop versions of Office apps.

Office 365 E3: What’s Included?

Office 365 Enterprise 3 (E3) is the most popular enterprise plan for Australian organisations. This package 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.

Office 365 E3 license features offer six desktop Microsoft Office applications, plus four online versions for:

  • Outlook
  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • OneNote
  • Access (PC only)

And 10 Microsoft business services:

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

Office 365 E1 vs E3: Key Differences

Office 365 E1 and E3 each offer unlimited HD videoconferencing meetings with up to 250 people via Skype Business, and 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.

Office 365 E5: What’s Included?

Sitting on top of the advanced plans leaderboard is Office 365 Enterprise E5. Office 365 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.

Office 365 E5 also provides advanced security, governance and compliance features, in addition to PBX and PSTN telecommunications services.

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

What are the three entry-levels for Office 365?

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 – it’s for organisations with a need for ‘desktop’ apps over services, while Office 365 Premium provides the best of both. Office 365 Business Essentials and 365 Premium also offer Business-class email hosting with 50GB storage, 1TB of OneDrive storage, and custom email domains.

All seven Office 365 plan services offer 24/7 phone and web support.

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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