Office 365: Business or Enterprise?

Microsoft 365, formerly known as Office 365, is an all-in-one package of work-related applications and services. As a cloud-based model, it lets participants use a variety of tools and features to improve their organization’s productivity. 

Microsoft 365 has three plans: Microsoft 365, Microsoft 365 Business, and Office 365 Enterprise. Choosing between each plan can be difficult, but we’ll help you break it down. The basic features are the same, but each package’s distinct features will affect how your employees work. Keep in mind that this is a general overview of Microsoft 365 Business and Office 365 Enterprise. Each plan offers different licenses that include additional features to cater to your needs. To see a complete list of Microsoft’s plans in one overview, click here. 

The following section compares Business and Enterprise by feature capability: 

Mail Storage  

Office 365 Enterprise provides a larger mailbox size of 100GB, while Microsoft 365 Business only offers 50GB. Enterprise users also get a business-class email in the format yourname@companyname.com. 

Client Access License Rights 

Office 365 Enterprise allows its users to run their servers locally for Exchange, Skype, Windows, SharePoint, etc.  

Analytical Features 

Microsoft 365 Business analytical tools provide essential insights, ensuring that performance and productivity are at their highest attainable level. Office 365 Enterprise comes with different sets of analytical and business intelligence tools that are not available in the Business plan. These tools include exclusive access to Power BI Pro and Delve Analytics. Each feature helps the user organize and visualize whatever data they need on one cohesive platform. This allows users to efficiently analyze vital insights, which are then used to improve personal or company goals 

Cost 

The base price for Microsoft 365 Business ranges from CAD $5.00 to CAD$20.00/user/month. The Office 365 Enterprise plan ranges from CAD $8.00 to CAD $35.00/user/month.  

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Number of Users 

The Business plan can only be used and shared with up to 300 users, while the Enterprise plan can support unlimited users. The Business plan may be more appropriate for small to medium-sized businesses, while the Enterprise plan can accommodate larger organizations.  

Security Features 

Microsoft 365 Business does have adequate security protection since it includes ATP (Advanced Threat Protection). However, the Enterprise plan is equipped with many more security features, such as Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics, Credential Guard, Device Guard, App Locker, Enterprise Data Protection, etc.  

Which one is right for you? 

Unfortunately, choosing between a Business and Enterprise package isn’t as easy as looking at the names. But with a bit of extra attention, it can be done. Simply decide which features are more appealing and, more importantly, which platform best suits your organization’s needs.

From analytics to security, Enterprise offers a few more features. This means that Enterprise can provide added security against cyber threats and accommodate an infinite number of users. If you’re a small to medium-sized business that doesn’t need the extra mail storage or additional features, the Business plan is the way to go. 

If you’re still thinking about which plan is best for you, reach out to us! We’ll understand your requirements and propose the best solution for your organization. 

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