Office 365 License Comparison: Business Plans Vs. Enterprise Plans

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Office 365 License Comparison: Business Plans Vs. Enterprise Plans

Choosing an Microsoft Office 365 Cloud license is a critical step before migrating to the cloud. Office 365 has multiple options for small, medium and enterprise businesses. We have listed out the Office 365 license comparison below with the all available options within Business and Office 365 Enterprise to help you make the correct choice for your organization.

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Price Comparison for Office 365 Business Plans and Enterprise Plans Licenses

When you compare Office 365 licenses, price is one of main decision point.  Below are the standard prices of each Office 365 Business and Enterprise license. Contact Wroffy to buy office 365 plans on discount rates.

1 Year Agreement (/user/year) 1 Month Agreement (/user/month)
Office 365 Business Essentials Rs. 1500 Rs. 125
Office 365 Business Plan Rs. 6540 Rs. 545
Office 365 Business Premium Rs. 9900 Rs. 825
Office Enterprise E1 Rs. 6346 Rs. 529
Office Enterprise E3 Rs. 15840 Rs. 1320
Office Enterprise E5 Rs. 27763 Rs. 2314
Office Enterprise Pro Plus Rs. 9540 Rs. 795

The standard price per user for Microsoft Office 365 Business and Office 365 Enterprise Plans ranges from Rs. 125 to Rs. 2314. Now let’s compare the features of the Office 365 Business and Enterprise plans.

Difference between Office 365 Enterprise and Business Plans

Both Office 365 Business plans and Office 365 Enterprise plans are available for companies with fewer than 300 employees.

Below are some of the major features you gain with Office 365 Enterprise plans:

  • Skype for Business Cloud PBX and PSTN conferencing (PSTN calling is available as an add-on in E3 and E5)
  • Advanced Information Protection
  • Active Directory integration
  • Power BI
  • Advanced Threat Protection
  • Delve Analytics
  • Unlimited archive and mail storage
  • Litigation Hold
  • Enterprise app management

Enterprise plans are only available as a one-year commitment only. But Office 365 Business plans are available monthly and in yearly subscriptions.

Office 365 Business Plans

Office 365 Business plans were introduced for small businesses with fewer than 300 employees that might not need all the features & functionality Office 365 offers.

Office 365 Business Essentials

Looking to get basic Office 365 cloud solutions? Business Essentials plan offers cloud business email with 50 GB mailbox storage, custom domain and web versions of essential Office 365 applications like Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Here’s what you need to know about the Office 365 Business Essentials license:

What You’ll Get
Email with 50 GB mailbox
Custom domain addresses
Web versions of Office 2016 applications: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
1 TB of OneDrive storage
SharePoint (company-wide intranet and team sites to connect people to content, expertise and processes.)
Skype for Business: Unlimited HD video conferencing for up to 250 people.
Microsoft Planner to manage tasks and teamwork
Microsoft Teams chat-based workspace
FastTrack deployment support (when purchasing 50+ seats)
Yammer to collaborate across departments and locations
24/7 phone and web support

Office 365 Business

Next is the Office 365 Business plan. Here are the price and features for this license option:

What You’ll Get
Desktop versions of Office 2016 applications: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote
Office Online: Web versions of the Office 2016 applications Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
OneDrive and 1 TB of OneDrive storage
FastTrack deployment support (for purchases of 50+ seats)
24/7 phone and web support

Office 365 Business Premium

Office 365 Business premium license costs more than the Office 365 Enterprise E1 option, so comparing the features is essential to choosing the right option.

What You’ll Get
Email with 50 GB mailbox
Custom email domain addresses
Desktop versions of Office 2016 applications: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote
Web versions of Office 2016 applications: Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
1 TB of OneDrive storage
SharePoint (company-wide intranet and team sites to connect people to content, expertise and processes)
Yammer to collaborate across departments and locations
Microsoft Bookings to enable customers to schedule appointments
Microsoft Teams chat-based workspace
Microsoft Planner to manage tasks and teamwork
Skype for Business: Unlimited HD video conferencing for up to 250 people
FastTrack deployment support (with purchase of 50+ seats)
24/7 phone and web support

Below is the look at the Office 365 Enterprise plans which are available on a one-year commitment basis.

Office 365 Enterprise Plans

Office 365 Business plans are good for companies with fewer than 300 employees or that only require limited functionality. For organizations with 300+ users or those looking for a more robust solution, Office 365 Enterprise plans are available. With Office 365 Enterprise plans, you can choose from Office 365 E5, E3 or E1 licenses.

Office 365 Enterprise E1

E1 is the cheapest Office 365 Enterprise plan (and actually costs less than the Business Premium license). Here’s what you get with the E1 license:

What You’ll Get
Email 50 GB mailbox (only accessible from Outlook online)
Skype for Business web conferencing, IM, online meetings and presence
SharePoint
SharePointOneDrive for Business
Yammer
Video Sharing
Web versions of Office 2016 applications: Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
File sharing and 1 TB OneDrive storage
Team sites
HD video conferencing
eDiscovery search
Data Governance manual classifications and manual policies for retention and deletion

Here’s how Office 365 Enterprise E1 differs from Business Premium:

  • With E1 plan, you can only access email via the online application.
  • With E1, you lose desktop versions of Office applications. You can use only online versions of Outlook and other Office applications like Word or PowerPoint online.

Office 365 Enterprise E3

The office 365 E3 license is one of the more popular options for digital-driven businesses. You get email, archiving, information protection and more storage options than Business Premium.

What You’ll Get
Everything included in the Office E1 License
Office Client Apps
Azure Rights Management and document management functions: archiving, rights management, data loss prevention and document-level encryption.
Information protection: message encryptions, rights management, data loss prevention
Legal compliance and archiving needs for email: archiving, eDiscovery hold and export, mailbox hold
Unlimited OneDrive storage
Email storage for in-place archive
eDiscovery legal hold
eDiscovery export and case management
Hosted voicemail support

The Office 365 Business Premium plan is most comparable to the Enterprise E3 plan in terms of base features.

Unlike Business Premium, Office 365 E3 plan includes: 

  • Exchange Online Archiving (EOA) and Legal Hold
  • Unified eDiscovery Center
  • Rights management, data loss prevention and encryption
  • Ability to add on PSTN

Office 365 Enterprise E5

Office 365 Enterprise E5 plan is the highest plan Microsoft offers. With this license, you get: 

What You’ll Get
Everything included in E3 and E5 licenses
Enhanced security features: Advanced ediscovery, secure attachments and URLs and access controls
Enterprise voice with Skype for Business (on-premises only)
Microsoft’s Business Intelligence tools for end user organizational analytics
Unlimited OneDrive storage
Unlimited OneDrive storageSkype for Business Cloud PBX
PSTN conferencing to dial in to Skype meetings from anywhere
Cloud-based call management
Advanced analytics with Power BI Pro and Microsoft MyAnalytics
Advanced Data Governance
Advanced eDiscovery
Advanced security with Advanced Threat Protection and Customer Lockbox
Enhanced visibility and control of your Office 365 environment

Office 365 Enterprise ProPlus:

Office 365 Enterprise ProPlus plan offers a unique option for users who don’t need email access but require more advanced functionality than the Office 365 Business plan offers.

What You’ll Get
File sharing and 1 TB OneDrive online document storage
Office apps on tablets and phones
Fully installed Office on PC/Mac
Self-service BI in Excel
Office Online: Create, view and edit rights for online versions of core Office apps for collaborating on documents
eDiscovery search
Sway for Office 365
On-premises Active Directory sync for single sign-on
Mobile device management

If any license doesn’t suit your needs, you can also add on specific features like Skype Cloud PBX. But often, the cost of upgrading is cheaper than ballooning a license with monthly add-on charges. (Read more about add-ons here.) You can also mix and match licenses depending on user needs to better control costs.

Agile IT’s cloud licensing services make it easy to purchase, transfer and manage your licenses. As your cloud solutions provider, Agile IT handles all billing and subscriptions for your Office 365 products. You continue paying Microsoft the monthly license fee, and we take care of the rest.

Still confused about which Office 365 licensing is right for your organization? 

Contact Wroffy Technologies – Microsoft Licensing Partner & Cloud Solution Provider

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