What is Microsoft 365?
Microsoft 365 is Microsoft’s latest addition to their comprehensive cloud software suite. Microsoft 365 and Office 365 are different products in their own right but they have lots of similarities. It’s important not to get them confused as they both offer different features.
Microsoft 365 brings together the best-in-class productivity of Office 365 applications with advanced security capabilities to protect and safeguard your organisation and data from external threats. Microsoft 365 plans include Office 365, Windows 10 Professional or Enterprise Operating Systems and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS).
Which Microsoft 365 plan you choose is largely dependent on the size of your organisation and your security requirements. The ‘Business’ plan has a 300 seat limit whereas with the ‘Enterprise’ plans there is no user cap, however you can mix and match the plans if your users have different requirements.
The latest Office
Stay up to date on any device with the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint & more
Communicate more easily
Get your team on the same page with group chat, screen sharing, online meetings and web conferencing
Organise, plan and get work done
Work efficiently with email, calendar, contacts, tasks and more
Secure access to your business
Access sensitive information with user-authentication and automated policy-based rules
Protect your information
Help secure business data on personal and company owned devices
Defend against cyber-threats
Guard against unsafe attachments, suspicious links and other malware
Microsoft 365 Business vs Enterprise
Microsoft 365 Business contains features from Office 365 Business Premium along with a smaller selection of features from Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security.
Microsoft 365 Enterprise E3 and E5 both carry over the features from Office 365 E3 and E5 along with Windows 10 Enterprise and more advanced features of Enterprise Mobility + Security not included in Microsoft 365 Business.
|Microsoft 365 Business||Microsoft 365 E3||Microsoft 365 E5|
|Price per user / per month||£15.10||£28.10||£48.90|
|Desktop version of Office apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.)||✓||✓||✓|
|Web version of Office Apps||✓||✓||✓|
|Office apps for Tablet & Mobile||✓||✓||✓|
|Access (PC Only)||✓||✓||✓|
|Email, Documents & Content (Outlook, SharePoint & OneDrive for Business, Sway, Microsoft Stream)||✓||✓||✓|
|Social & Teamwork (Teams, Planner & Yammer)||✓||✓||✓|
|Task Management (PowerApps, Flow, Planner, To-Do)||✓||✓||✓|
|Spam and Malware Protection (P1: Advanced Threat Protection. P2: Includes Advanced Threat Intelligence)||P1||P1||P2|
|Data Protection (Data Loss Prevention, In-Place Hold, eDiscovery)||✓||✓|
|Telephony (Audio Calls, Phone System)||✓|
|Advanced Compliance (Advanced eDiscovery, Customer Lockbox, Privileged Access Management)||✓|
|Enterprise Mobility + Security|
|Mobile Device Management (InTune)||✓||✓||✓|
|Identity & Access Management (Azure Multi-Factor Authentication, Self-service password reset, Conditional access)||P1*||P1||P2|
|*Microsoft 365 Business includes select Azure AD Premium P1 (AADP P1) features. It does not include the entirety of AADP P1.|
|Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics||✓||✓||✓|
|Microsoft Defender & Device Guard||✓||✓||✓|
|Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection||✓|
|Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection||✓|
|Azure Advanced Threat Protection||✓|
|Windows 10 Upgrade||Pro||Enterprise||Enterprise|
|Access Management (Windows Hello, Credential Guard & Direct Access)||✓||✓||✓|
|Windows Information Protection & Bitlocker||✓||✓||✓|