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Office 365 Plans | Business Essentials vs. Business Premium vs. Business

It is important to understand the needs of your business when choosing an Office 365 plan. The three Office 365 Business options, if you decide to not purchase an Office 365 Enterprise Plan, include Business Essentials, Business Premium, and Business. With the range of price points and features, the different Business Plans let you personalize your Office 365 subscription to your company’s budget and needs. Compare the different Office 365 plans below to decide what the best option for your Office 365 migration.

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Office 365 Business Plans



Office 365 Business Essentials

At just $5 per user per month, the Essentials plan offers just that. From email to online meetings to file storage, this option covers the essential online services of Office 365. In addition, you have access to Team Sites via SharePoint to enable easy access and sharing of critical business documents. The key feature excluded from this option is fully installed Office applications. For customers that already have an updated version of the Office applications installed or are satisfied with the online versions of them, this may be the option for you. Also, if you have distribution email boxes you need to consider adding, instead of purchasing one of the more expensive Office 365 plans, Business Essentials has got you covered!

Office 365 Business Premium

The next level of Office 365 Business Premium offers a few more features than the Essentials plan. It has all the features of Business Essentials, but includes the full Office suite across all devices. For $12.50 per user per month, users have access to the services of Business Essentials but also the ability to install Office applications on 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets, and 5 phones. This is the most popular Business Plan choice for small and medium sized businesses, and, like the other Business plans, can be combined with other packages for additional features.

Office 365 Business

While this plan is priced as the middle-tier option at $8.25 per user per month, the Business option offers the most basic package of services of the three Business plans. The pricing difference is based on the inclusion of installation of the Office desktop applications, but excludes additional services like unlimited online meetings, email, and Sway from this subscription. It might just exactly fit the needs of your business, but you should consider a more advanced plan if you are interested in streamlining the communication and processes within your company.

Office 365 Plans | Business Essentials vs. Business Premium vs. Business


When assessing the different needs of your company, it is important to make note that you have the ability to mix and match plans. As long as you abide by the licensing limit of 300 for a single plan, you can personalize your subscription down to the needs of your individual departments or employees. Pick what plan is best for your business and start your free trial of Office 365.

In addition to the above mentioned features, all Business Plans included 99.9% guaranteed uptime, IT-level web support and 24/7 phone support for critical issues, world-class Office 365 security, and Active Directory integration so that you can easily manage user permissions and credentials!

Other Options for Your Business

Another option to consider for your business are the Enterprise Office 365 plans. The maximum number of licenses for Office 365 Business plans is 300, so consider Microsoft’s Enterprise plans for a larger company. While the Enterprise plans are pricier, they are also more comprehensive. The Enterprise plans have more features like advanced security features, business intelligence, and archiving. Read more about you Enterprise plan options, the additional Office 365 plans that may be fit for your business!

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