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Office 365: Business Plans Vs. E5, E3 and E1

Office 365: Business Plans Vs. E5, E3 and E1

If you’re looking to migrate to the Cloud, the first thing you need to do is choose a proper Office 365 license. There are multiple options available for SME businesses, and finding the right plan that suits your requirements can be quite a task. We have sorted the difference between Business and Enterprise Office 365 plans that will help you in making the right choice.

Here’s the price comparison between Office 365 Business plans and Enterprise licenses:

Office 365 Business plans:

 Features Office 365
Business Essentials
Office 365
Business
Office 365
Business Premium
Price $5/month
(Based on annual commitment)
$8.25/month
(Based on annual commitment)
$12.5/month
(Based on annual commitment)
Office applications included in the plan               – Outlook, Access, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher Outlook, Access, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher
Services include Exchange, OneDrive for Business, Sites, Teams OneDrive for Business Exchange, OneDrive for Business, Sites, Teams
Custom domain name with 50 GB mailbox Yes Yes
Video conferencing (Max 250 users) Yes Yes Yes
eDiscovery cases Yes Yes Yes
Archiving Up to 50 GB No Up to 50 GB

Office 365 Enterprise plans:

 Features Office 365 ProPlus Office 365 Enterprise E1 Office 365 Enterprise E3 Office 365 Enterprise E5
Price $12.00/month
(Based on annual commitment)
$8.00/month
(Based on annual commitment)
$20.00/month
(Based on annual commitment)
$35.00/month
(Based on annual commitment)
Office applications included in the plan Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, OneDrive for Business, Access Exchange, OneNote, OneDrive for Business, Skype for Business, Sway, Sites, Yammer, Delve, Stream Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Exchange, OneNote, OneDrive for Business, Access, Skype for Business, Sway, Sites, Yammer, Delve, Stream, Publisher Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Exchange, OneNote, OneDrive for Business, Access, Skype for Business, Sway, Sites, Yammer, Delve, Stream, Publisher, Power BI
MS Access included in Office Yes No Yes Yes
Office on tablets and phones 5 tablets/5 phones per user No 5 tablets/5 phones per user 5 tablets/5 phones per user
Unlimited online meetings No Yes Yes Yes
eDiscovery cases Yes Yes Yes Yes
Archiving No Up to 50 GB Unlimited Unlimited

The unit price for each Office 365 Business and Enterprise plan goes from $5 to $35. The costs can shoot up quickly for organizations with a large number of users. However, you can save money if you organize your plan properly taking into consideration the right functionalities you need. Bundling your required services into your license can help you save a lot of money.

Difference between Enterprise and Business Plans

If an organization has less than 300 users, both Office 365 plans – Business and Enterprise – can be available. As large organizations use Office 365 plans, you might be still wondering which the right Office 365 plan for you is.

Features of Office 365 Enterprise plans:

  • Microsoft Teams – PSTN and PBX conferencing is available as E3 & E5 addons
  • Advanced Security Protection
  • Advanced Directory Integration
  • Power BI
  • Delve Analytics
  • Litigation Hold
  • Application management for enterprise
  • Advanced Threat Protection

If you are willing to opt for an annual commitment, you can go for Enterprise plan. But Business plans are also available on a monthly subscription, as well as yearly subscription.

Comparison of Office 365 Business plans:

Fundamentally, Office 365 Business plans were made for small and medium businesses (SMEs) who have fewer than 300 users. Office 365 can be overwhelming with a lot of features, and small businesses might not need them all. Thus, they can opt for Office 365 Business plans.

Let’s see how small businesses can use the Office 365 Business plans. Comparison between Office 365 Business plans:

Office 365 Business Essentials
$5/user/month – Annual commitment | $6/user/month – Monthly commitment

Preferred by: Small businesses that don’t depend on Office 365 apps too much.

If you want the basic functions of Office 365 without all the bells and whistles, Office 365 Business Essentials is the best plan for you.

What you get in Office 365 Business Essentials plan:

  • 50 GB mailbox email
  • Custom email domain address
  • Web-based MS Office 2016 – Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • 1 TB of OneDrive storage
  • SharePoint
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Microsoft Planner
  • Yammer to collaborate across departments and locations
  • 24/7 technical support via phone, char, and email (Including weekends and U.S. public holidays)

Office 365 Business
$8.25/user/month – Annual commitment | $10/user/month – Monthly commitment

Preferred by: Small businesses which require only Office 365 apps, online storage, and file sharing

What you get in Office 365 Business plan:

  • Desktop-based MS Office 2016 – Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote
  • Web-based MS Office 2016 – Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • OneDrive and 1 TB of OneDrive storage
  • 24/7 technical support via phone, char, and email (Including weekends and U.S. public holidays)

Office 365 Business Premium
$12.5/user/month – Annual commitment | $15/user/month – Monthly commitment

Preferred by: Small businesses that require recent versions Office 365 applications, preferably desktop versions.

It is the costliest business plan in Office 365. Enterprise E1 is cheaper than Business Premium, so the right choice should be made after looking at all the features.

What you get in Office 365 Business Premium plan:

  • 50 GB mailbox email
  • Custom email domain address
  • Desktop-based MS Office 2016 – Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote
  • Web-based MS Office 2016 – Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • 1 TB of OneDrive storage
  • SharePoint
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Microsoft Planner
  • Yammer to collaborate across departments and locations
  • 24/7 technical support via phone, char, and email (Including weekends and U.S. public holidays)

Comparison of Office 365 Enterprise plans:

As the name suggests, Office 365 Enterprise plans are for large enterprises who have more than 300 users. Big companies need more vigorous solutions because their needs are complicated than an SME. The plans focus more on the needs of enterprise, which heavily focus on compliance and security issues.

Office 365 Enterprise plans offer three plans: E1, E3, E5. These plans are available on the annual contract only.

Let’s see the comparison between Office 365 Enterprise plans:

Office 365 Enterprise E1
$8/user/month – Annual commitment

Preferred by: Enterprises that need features like data governance, but very limited use of MS Office applications

If you want to opt for an Enterprise plan within your budget, opt for Enterprise E1 plan. This costs less than the Business Premium plan while allowing the benefits of an enterprise plan.

What you’ll get in Office 365 Enterprise E1 plan:

  • Email 50 GB mailbox (only accessible from Outlook online)
  • Microsoft Teams for web conferencing, Instant Messaging, online meetings and presence
  • OneDrive for Business
  • Yammer
  • SharePoint
  • Video Sharing
  • 1 TB OneDrive storage, File sharing
  • HD video conferencing
  • Team sites
  • eDiscovery search
  • Data Governance

Difference between Business Premium and Enterprise E1:

  • Email can be accessed only via online app in Enterprise E1 plan
  • There are no desktop versions of MS Office in E1 plan, only web-based versions

Office 365 Enterprise E3
$20/user/month – Annual commitment

Preferred by: Enterprises that need features like security, compliance, business intelligence, and voice capabilities.

At best, the E3 plan can be compared to the Business Premium plan because of similar features.

All the features of the Enterprise E1 plan are included in the E3 plan as well. In addition to that, here’s what you’ll get in Office 365 Enterprise E3 plan:

  • Office Client Apps
  • Legal compliance
  • Information protection: Email Encryption, Rights Admin, DLP
  • Azure Rights Management and functions of doc management – Email Encryption, Rights Admin, DLP, Document Encryption
  • Email storage for in-place archive
  • Unlimited OneDrive storage
  • eDiscovery legal hold
  • eDiscovery export and case management
  • Support for hosted voicemail

There are more features like Exchange Online Archiving, unified eDiscovery, PSTN adding, rights management, DLP and encryption in the Enterprise E3 plan in comparison with Business Premium plan.

Office 365 Enterprise E5
$35/user/month – Annual commitment

Preferred by: The costliest Office 365 plan. Enterprises that need all the features of E1 and E3 plan. With the E5 plan, you get all the consolidated features available in Office 365.
All the features of Enterprise E1 & E3 plan are included in Enterprise E5 plan as well. In addition to that, here’s what you’ll get in Office 365 Enterprise E5 plan:

  • Enhanced security features
  • Microsoft’s Business Intelligence tools for end user organizational analytics
  • Office 365 Cloud App Security
  • Skype for Business Cloud PBX
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Unlimited OneDrive storage
  • PSTN conferencing to dial in to Teams meetings from anywhere
  • Call management in cloud
  • Advanced analytics with Power BI Pro and Microsoft MyAnalytics
  • Advanced eDiscovery
  • Advanced Data Governance and Audit
  • Advanced security with Advanced Threat Protection and Customer Lockbox
  • Data loss prevention for Microsoft Teams chat and channel messages
  • Advanced control and presence of Office 365 environment

Office 365 Enterprise ProPlus
$12/user/month – Annual commitment

Preferred by: Enterprises that don’t really have an email in focus but want compliance and BI features, and who use MS Office on mobile.

  • File sharing and 1 TB OneDrive online document storage
  • Fully installed Office on PC/Mac
  • Office apps on tablets and phones
  • 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
  • On-premises AD sync for single sign-on
  • Mobile device management

If you are still wondering what’s the right Office 365 plan for you, talk to our Sales team. We’ll understand your requirements, and propose the best possible solution for you.


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