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Since April 21, 2020, Microsoft has officially renamed all ‘Office 365 Business’ plans to ‘Microsoft 365 Business’. Here’s the table of feature comparison of Microsoft 365 Business plans:

Microsoft 365
Business Plans

Microsoft 365
Business Basic

(formerly Office 365 Business Essentials)

Microsoft 365
Business Standard

(formerly Office 365 Business Premium)

Microsoft 365
Business Premium

(formerly Microsoft 365 Business)

Microsoft 365
Apps for business

(formerly Office 365 Business)

$5.00 user/month
Based on Annual Commitment
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$12.50 user/month
Based on Annual Commitment
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$20.00 user/month
Based on Annual Commitment
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$8.25 user/month
Based on Annual Commitment
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Office applications included OutlookWordExcelPowerPointAccess (PC only) OutlookWordExcelPowerPoint Access (PC only) OutlookWordExcelPowerPointAccess (PC only)
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Support & Deployment
Money-back guarantee 15 days 15 days 15 days 15 days
Maximum number of users 300 300 300 300
24/7 Support for end users via phone, chat, and email
99.9% uptime guarantee
Licensed for commercial use
Desktop versions of Office apps for PC & Mac
Lastest desktop versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint for Windows or Mac

(plus Access and Publisher for PC only)

Access to the document simultaneously by all users in real-time
Available on 5 phones, 5 tablets, 5 PC/Macs per user
Web & mobile versions of Office apps
Word Online, Excel Online and PowerPoint Online
Lastest desktop versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint for iOS, Android devices (upto 5 phones and 5 tablets)
Access to the document simultaneously by all users in real-time
Teamwork & communication
Online meetings and video conferencing up to 250 people with Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams – Desktop and mobile versions
Hub for connecting people to Microsoft Teams
SharePoint for team sites and intranet
Email & calendaring
50 GB mailbox for email hosting with custom email domain address
Microsoft Exchange – Business-class emails – Desktop and mobile versions
Schedule meetings and respond to invitations with ease using shared calendars
Set up new user emails, restore deleted accounts, and more from anywhere
File storage & sharing
1 TB OneDrive for Business file storage and sharing
Get OneDrive for Business and SharePoint synchronized across all devices for every work file saved
OneDrive only
File sharing with people outside your organization
Control of permission and access rights for file sharing
Access and sync files on PC or Mac and mobile devices
Security & compliance
Exchange Online Protection – from spam, malware, and other threats
Over 1,000 security and privacy controls meeting all globally accepted standards
Custom permission for accessing crucial business information
Password policy creation
Popular productivity tools included
Microsoft Teams for scheduling and planning
Microsoft Bookings for managing appointments
Features related to Advanced Threat Protection
Advanced Threat Protection from ransomware, malware, and zero-day threats
Erase the company data remotely from lost devices with Intune
Inhibit copy/saving of company data ton unauthorized apps with app protection
Information Rights Management to control use access (Do not copy/forward)
Windows Defender Exploit Guard for prebreach threat resistance
Windows Defender for malware protection for Windows 10
Exchange Online Archiving to enable unlimited cloud archive
Features related to managing devices
Easy-to-use setup wizard for configuration of security features
Manage Windows 10 PC policies with simplified controls
Automatic deployment of Office 365 apps to Windows 10 PC
Automatic configuration of Office and Windows 10 upgrades
Intune for mobile device management (Includes iOS, Android, and Windows PC devices)
$5.00 user/month
Based on Annual Commitment
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$12.50 user/month
Based on Annual Commitment
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$20.00 user/month
Based on Annual Commitment
Start Trial
$8.25 user/month
Based on Annual Commitment
Start Trial
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All Our Microsoft 365 Business Plans Include

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phone, chat, & email
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business
email service
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FAQs on M365 Business Plans

WHY MICROSOFT CHANGED NAME FROM OFFICE 365 to M365?

Name changes are not unconventional at Microsoft. The tech giant changes the names of its popular products and services from time to time. The reason behind this name change is cited as a more holistic approach which appeals to a wider base, rather than just the ‘office’ sphere.

What plan should I choose if I do not need Microsoft Office apps?

If you do not need Microsoft Office applications, go with the most basic plan – Microsoft 365 Business Basic (earlier called as Office 365 Business Essentials). This plan is priced at only $5 user/month. At $8.25 user/month, Microsoft 365 Apps for Business is a standard plan includes Microsoft Office applications along with OneDrive for Business. In addition to all the features of the above plans, Microsoft Business Standard has more advanced features priced at $12.50 user/month.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OFFICE 365 AND MICROSOFT 365?

Microsoft 365 is a bundle of services including Office 365, comprising of Microsoft services including Windows 10 Enterprise. Office 365 is a cloud-based productivity suite which is a bundle of popular Microsoft apps.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO USE MY OWN DOMAIN NAME FOR THE EMAILS IN MICROSOFT 365?

Yes, you can add the domain name you own to your Microsoft 365 account and set up your domain-based email addresses. You can even add multiple domains and sub-domains to Office 365 and host any of the services, including email, on any of the domains that you add. You must own a domain name and as an admin, you will have to make some changes on the DNS records of your domain – we will guide you for this.

WHAT OFFICE VERSIONS ARE COMPATIBLE WITH MICROSOFT 365 BUSINESS BASIC?

Microsoft 365 Business Basic, earlier known as Office 365 Business Essentials, is most compatible with the latest version of Office, Office 2016, and Office 2011 for Mac. The ancient versions of MS Office before 2013 may work with the plan, but with reduced functionality.

HOW EXACTLY WILL APPS4RENT HELP ME WITH THE PLANS?

As your Cloud Solution Provider for Office 365, we will provide free migration and 24/7/365 support to end-users for issues that take up your time, such as email configuration accounts, password resets, setting up aliases and contacts, creating groups, configuring MS Teams, synchronizing OneDrive, exploring search features, and optimizing browser settings. We will also help you with installing and configuring the latest Office version on your devices and handling DNS records.

IS A DESKTOP VERSION OF OFFICE REQUIRED TO USE MICROSOFT 365 BUSINESS BASIC?

No. You do not need to have a desktop version of Office to use Microsoft 365 Business Basic plan. However, you will have a richer experience and also be able to work offline when you connect a desktop version of Office to the Microsoft 365 services and get it in sync.

WILL BY MS OFFICE BE AUTOMATICALLY UPDATES TO THE LATEST VERSION IF I HAVE MICROSOFT 365 PLANS?

Yes. MS Office apps are always up to date on Microsoft 365. If you already had subscription of erstwhile Office 365 plans which is now Microsoft 365, you already have a version of Office that has all the functions of the latest MS Office version.

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