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Microsoft Office 365 Enterprise Plan Comparison: E1 vs. E3 vs. E5

If you’ve been looking into  a Microsoft Office 365 Enterprise Plan, E1, E3 and E5 for your business, you’re well aware there are a few options to choose from.  This may make the Office 365 plan comparison process more difficult, especially if you have not made the decision previously or are not familiar with the plans. With each successive level of E1, E3, and E5, you get more, which may be obvious on the Microsoft website, but what exactly is included in each plan when you migrate to Office 365? Read on for our Office 365 Plan Comparison.   And, keep in mind you can mix and match licenses.

All Office 365 Enterprise plans come with OneDrive for Business, Yammer, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business, Exchange, Office Graph, Office Online, and Teams. That’s a lot of software, especially when Enterprise plans start at $8.00 user/month. In order to choose which plan is right for your business, you need to think about what it is you actually need. Look at the true value proposition that Microsoft is putting on the table. Over the last several years, tons of software and functionality have been added to E3, yet the price has remained the same.


Here is a summary table to help you see how the Microsoft Office 365 Enterprise Plans differ:


Microsoft Office E1

O365 E1 is the least advance version of Office 365 Enterprise, and it only the software I’ve mentioned above: email, social, video, file sharing and storage, etc. A quick tip we give to our customers about the E1 plan: if you’re on Office 2010 and it’s still suitable and meeting your business needs and you’re not in need of advanced security, compliance, or archiving, you can go with the E1 plan for now, then when you feel like it’s time to upgrade to a more contemporary version of Office, you can move forward with another plan.

Microsoft Office E3

Office 365 E3 includes everything you get in E1 with two great additions: 1) access to the Office Client Apps (the familiar apps you’re already using, such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc), which is available online and offline meaning that no matter what device you’re on or where you are, you can use Office and 2) document management functions like archiving, rights management, data loss prevention, and document-level encryption. So, if you’re in need of additional compliance that advanced archiving would bring, the Office 365 E3 plan may be cheaper and less time consuming than paying for and implementing a third party archive. In addition, E3 also offers additional data visualization that allows your administrators to look further into usage.

Microsoft Office E5

Now to the good part: as you may know the Office 365 E5 Plan recently replaced the E4 plan. E5 is now the super-powered version of Office, and is available for a cost increase. You get everything in E3, plus a few additional features that your business may need. You’ll have access to additional security features and Microsoft’s Business Intelligence tools, which will allow you to analyze all data in your Microsoft Office environment, which may warrant further investigation of the E5 plan if those are priorities for your company. In addition, if you’re no longer satisfied with your telecommunications and are planning to end-of-life your current system, it may make sense to look into E5 as the plan offers a Skype for Business boost with integrations and replacements for the more traditional phone system.

All of these features and functionality have already been released in the recent year, but consolidating them into a single suite is what really makes the E5 plan unique from the E4 offering. As John Case, Corporate VP of Office and Office 365, says, “E5 will encompass the core value of the modern productivity and collaboration capabilities Office 365 provides today, as well as significant new capabilities.”

Let’s Make it Easy

Choosing the right version of Office 365 Enterprise for you can be pretty simple: if you’d benefit from access to the Office applications on your computer instead of just in your internet browser, you’ll need E3 or E5.  But, you’ll only benefit from E5 if you need the additional analytics or are looking to replace your current phone systems.

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