Microsoft Office 365 licensing is a bit different than your normal on-premise software. With Office 365, rather than purchase a SKU as you may have previously with Microsoft, you commit to a plan subscription, for example, Microsoft Office 365 E1. When Office 365 services were first released, it was fairly difficult to move between plans; however, recently Microsoft has made this process much easier and has also simplified plan structure and began allowing organizations to mix and match plans as needed for their businesses.
When looking into an Office 365 migration, the first step is to complete an Office 365 plans comparison to decide which plan is best for your business. If you’re leaning more towards the Microsoft Office 365 E1 or Office 365 Business Essentials plans, the differences between these two plans may be confusing, especially since they fall under two different categories of plans. Below you will find an Office 365 E1 vs. Business Essentials plan comparison that should answer all of your questions!
Office 365 E1 vs. Business Essentials
During your Microsoft Office 365 E1 vs. Office 365 Business Essentials plan comparison, you’ll see that both subscriptions include online Office applications, an Exchange mailbox, OneDrive for Business, Teams, Office 365 SharePoint and Skype for Business, while the price difference is an additional $3.00 user/month for the Enterprise E1 plan. So, the question is: what exactly is included that justifies the price difference and does your organization need these additional capabilities?
With the Business Essentials plan, you may run into a couple of major scalability issues as an enterprise organization. First, you will only be allowed to license up to 300 users, so if you have more than that currently or plan to soon, you’ll need to ditch the Essentials options. In addition, if you plan on scaling SharePoint extensively, with the Office 365 Essentials plans you will only be allotted up to 20 website collections, while with an Office 365 E1 subscription you can have up to 500K website collections. Essentially, you will need to plan for scalability very carefully if you choose Office 365 Business Essentials.
Examples for Comparison
In a business of less than 300 users for the foreseeable future, the Business Essentials plan is priced competitively and has a strong feature set for web content management. Unless your organization, in this scenario plans on scaling SharePoint online beyond its basic capabilities or taking full advantage of the enterprise management capabilities included in E1, although limited compared to the other Enterprise plan options, you will be better off choosing Business Essentials for your organization.
In a business of more than 300 users, the Office 365 Business Essentials plan is no longer an option for your organization; however the Office 365 E1 plan still has a strong feature set in comparison to outside competitors at the same price point. However, if you desire additional capabilities beyond enhancing SharePoint, you may want to look into the Office 365 E3 and E5 plans as well. This blog includes a full, detailed comparison with a chart of your Office 365 enterprise plan options!
Ready to speak with an expert about your options to rid the confusion? You’ve come to the right place. Request your free Office 365 consultation and you’ll be on the right track for choosing the right Office 365 plan for your unique business.