Microsoft 365 and Office 365 Enterprise | Which Plan Is Best for You?
Choosing a Microsoft plan can be overwhelming. With so many features available it can be daunting to decide which plan has the right mix for our team’s needs. With this post, you’ll be able to clearly identify which plan is the right fit for you! For your enterprise needs, Microsoft offers the following levels of Microsoft 365 solutions.
Office 365 E1
Office 365 E3
Office 365 E5
Microsoft 365 E3
Microsoft 365 E5
How do you decide which is the most suitable for your enterprise? Here’s a basic overview of each plan and the benefits it can provide for your organization.
Office 365 – E1
Price: $12.80 CAD/user/month
Office 365 E1 includes the essential office applications like Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Exchange, Outlook, and OneNote. However, it does not include the desktop versions of these apps, meaning you cannot use the applications offline. Instead, the online web-based and mobile versions of these applications are provided, meaning you will need an internet connection.
On-premises Active Directory sync for single sign-on (SSO)
Visio for the web
* Power Virtual Agents is now offered by Copilot Studio *
Office 365 – E3
Price: $30.60 CAD/user/month
Office 365 E3 includes all of the features from E1 with information protection and compliance capabilities included as well as desktop apps. With E3 you can protect information with message encryption, rights management, and data loss prevention for email and files.
All features from E1
Microsoft One Drive for work
Azure Information Protection
Additional compliance capabilities
Office 365 – E5
Price: $50.60 CAD/user/month
Office 365 E5 includes all the features from E3 combined with advanced voice, analytics, security, and compliance services.
Microsoft Teams Phone systems
Power BI Pro
Office 365 Cloud App Security
Microsoft Defender for Office 365 – Plan 2
Microsoft 365 – E3
Price: $47.90 CAD/user/month (annual commitment)
Microsoft 365 E3 combines productivity apps with core security and compliance capabilities. E3 includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, SharePoint, OneDrive, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Stream, and Windows. It increases productivity, and collaboration, while proactively protecting your employees with Microsoft 365 services. E3 also uses integrated workflows to manage your organization and improve customer relationships.
Microsoft 365 E5 includes all features from E3 with extended identity and threat protection to help stop attacks as well as audio conferencing and calling capabilities in the cloud to enable your teams.
Azure Active Directory Premium 1 & 2
Microsoft Defender for Office 365
Azure Information Protection Plan 2
Information protection and governance
Insider risk management
Power BI Pro
Microsoft Defender for Endpoint
Microsoft Defender for Identity
Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps
Advanced eDiscovery and advanced audit
Built-in third-party connectors
Intranet and Content/File management
SharePoint, OneDrive for business, Yammer, Stream, and Sway are all included within the Enterprise plans. The difference between the three enterprise plans when it comes to storage is in terms of their cloud storage limit. E1 has a 1 TB limit on OneDrive cloud storage per user, while E3 and E4 both have 5TB of storage, but can be upgraded to 25TB.
E1 and E3 plans both include MyAnalytics, a personal productivity insight tool that allows a user to view their work patterns, network, collaboration, and more.
E5 also offers Power BI Pro, a powerful analytical data visualization tool to view specific insights about your business.
All things Security
E1 is limited in terms of security and offers anti-malware, Active Directory Sync, mail filtering, and more privacy and security features offered in most Microsoft 365 packages.
E3 includes Azure Information Protection, which includes important tools that allow one to classify important data and only give access to people who need to view it. It also comes with eDiscovery and Defender. Where E3 shines is with its Azure AD Multi-Factor Authentication, where it’s used across all users to ensure that all cybersecurity threats are prevented.
E5 offers the most advanced security protection from cyber attacks. It includes Advanced Threat Protection, which scans any link on any team’s chat or office applications. It also includes Customer Lockbox to ensure Microsoft can’t access your content without approval and Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps for cyberthreat security.
Which is best for you?
Each organization is unique. By defining your team’s needs and using this breakdown to help you decide which plan fulfills you can choose one that’s just right for you and your organization. Whether you want a plan that contains just the essentials or one that allows you to use Microsoft on the go with a variety of additional security features and integrated workflows, Microsoft provides it all! As remote work has taken over the workforce, ensuring that you have the right Microsoft plan for both your and your organization’s needs will set you on the right path to success.
If you’re still debating which plan is the right choice for both you and your organization, feel free to reach out to us.
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