Which Microsoft 365 Plan is Right for My Business

What is Microsoft 365

The Microsoft Office Suite products are a powerful line of digital software tools that dates back nearly three decades. Microsoft 365, formerly Office 365, has been available since 2011. It differs from the original bundle of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in two ways. It is licensed as a monthly or annual subscription rather than as a recurring license. It also combines a suite of online services, including business-class email, cloud file storage, and secure communication tools along with the traditional desktop applications. Since it’s a licensed offering, the desktop applications are updated automatically when a new version is available.

Microsoft 365 is available in Family & Personal editions and Business & Enterprise editions.

Microsoft 365 Included Services and Apps

The Microsoft 365 subscription includes a mix of apps and services depending on the plan selected.

OneDrive

Similar to a traditional hard drive, OneDrive is a cloud storage service that allows a user to store important files all in one location. From there, these files can be accessed from virtually anywhere. With a Microsoft 365 subscription, you can use OneDrive to share content and collaborate with people in real-time. Additionally, it’s cross-device and cross-platform design allows people to start files on one device and pick up where they left off on another.

SharePoint

Every Microsoft 365 subscriber gets 1 TB of personal OneDrive storage, with sync clients available for every desktop platform. The Files on Demand feature allows users to view and manage cloud-based storage using File Explorer.

Teams

This collaborative platform replaces the older Skype for Business service, offering unified communications, HD video conferencing, and instant messaging for Microsoft 365 subscribers in an organization, along with a team-and-channel-based architecture that covers much of the same feature set as alternatives like Slack.

Which subscription is right for your business?

Microsoft 365 – Business Basic (formerly Office 365 Business Essentials)

For light and efficient remote solutions, the Microsoft 365 Business Basic is a great package to consider. The office applications are not available to download on your desktop but can be accessed 100% online. With simple and lite usage, you can perform many of your basic office tasks while still meeting all your productivity needs. As an added feature, you all also receive access to OneDrive, SharePoint, and a mailbox with 50GB of space. With a low monthly fee, users get to take advantage of all the benefits of Microsoft 365 like cloud storage and file sharing.

Exchange

Exchange

Microsoft 365 – Business Standard (formerly Office 365 Business Premium)

This plan offers everything a small business needs for their day to day operations, which is one of the reasons it is referred to as the “Business Standard.” You receive desktop versions of the Office Applications and a full installation of these applications on five mobile devices, five tablets, and fives PC’s or macs, per user. In addition to your subscription, you will receive access to a few online business applications such as Outlook Customer Manager, Microsoft Teams Shifts, Microsoft Bookings, Microsoft Invoicing, and MileQ. These are only available with the Microsoft 365 Business Standard subscription.

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Exchange

Microsoft 365 – Business Premium (formerly Microsoft 365 Business)

Like the Business Standard package, all the premium office apps are included in the Business Premium subscription. However, for those businesses that want to take added security measures for the remote work force, this would be a great option to consider. To take full advantage of the security features and services offered with the Business Premium, a Windows 10 Pro License is included. In addition to the cloud services you get, you will also receive Intune and Azure Information Protection.

Exchange

Exchange

CONDITIONAL ACCESS

Conditional Access

Microsoft 365 Apps for Business (formerly Office 365 Business)

This is best for small businesses with heavy file storage and sharing needs, and those not interested in moving their email to Microsoft’s servers. Like the rest of the plans, you will receive access to all the Office Desktop apps, with the option to install these applications on five devices. However, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, Business emails, or Bookings are not included in this subscription.

Outlook

Outlook

Word

Word

Excel

Excel

PowerPoint

Powerpoint

Publisher

Publisher

Access

Access

OneDrive

Onedrive

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