Office 365 Enterprise or Microsoft 365 Enterprise: Which Plan is Right for You?

Microsoft is a leading name when deciding on cloud productivity suites. However, if you’ve tried to take a look at their plans and licenses, there’s a good chance you might get confused. Microsoft 365 Enterprise, E3, E5, Standard, Business, Premium … It can all sound very similar.  

Microsoft Enterprise plans offer the best value to larger organizations (over 500 users or devices), who require licenses under one agreement. They currently offer two main products to answer this need: Office 365 (O365) and Microsoft 365 (M365).   

We know how tedious it can be to choose between two similar plans, so we’ll break the differences down to help you select the best plan for your business.   

Office 365 Enterprise Whats Included? 

Office 365 Enterprises popularity is undeniable, and its recognized as one of the most used suites of productivity apps. Between M365 and 0365, Office 365 Enterprise provides the most essential applications for your enterprise. This subscription (E1, E3 or E5) includes applications you most likely already know, including OneNote, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Forms, Planner, and To-do. The subscription to Office 365 Enterprise also provides email services, such as Exchange and Outlook. You can stay organized with business-class email, calendaring, and contacts all in one place. 

Office 365 Enterprise can also include Microsoft Teams and everything you love about it: meetings, chat, file storage and one-on-one calling. Beyond that, Office 365 provides social and intranet through SharePoint and Yammer. With these 2 apps, you can access your organization’s files from any device, anytime, anywhere.  

Additionally, Office 365 Enterprise includes apps from the Microsoft Power Platform, such as: 

Lastly, Office 365 Enterprise higher plans enable some security features, such as compliance management. This tool lets you assess compliance risks, protect sensitive data, and respond to regulatory requirements.   

Although Office 365 Enterprise provides access to several essential applications, the suite doesn’t offer advanced features. For instance, there are limited device/app management options, and a lack of identity and access management in the suite would limit users’ flexibility and control. Other security limitations can frustrate some CSOs, as Office 365 Enterprise lacks Windows Information Protection, Bit locker and security manager 

Overall, Office 365 Enterprise excels at providing the most essential applications for your organizations to create efficient workflows and power productive, engaged teams. Office 365 Enterprise has tremendous value for smaller enterprises ready for a jump to cloud productivity. It’s also great for organizations who want less control over their cyber security and have a smaller budget. 

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Microsoft 365 Enterprise Whats included? 

Compared to Office 365 Enterprise, Microsoft 365 Enterprise is geared towards larger organizations that want a single, secure platform to share and collaborate. Its different plans are more complex but more flexible.  

Although Office 365 Enterprise provides features that every enterprise-level organization needs, Microsoft 365 Enterprise can provide those same features with added benefits, such as strong data security features and better services to take your business further.  

Microsoft 365 Enterprise offers everything that Office 365 includes, such as Office apps (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Publisher, and Access) and essential email and calendaring services such as Exchange and Outlook. Microsoft Teams is of course included for efficient meetings and voice calling. An added feature of Microsoft 365 Enterprise is Windows 11 Pro for Enterprise, which allows users to be more productive wherever they are while ensuring the security of corporate data. This account type also includes the Windows Autopilot, which works to fine-tune user experiences, and Universal Print. 

A significant upgrade included in Microsoft 365 Enterprise includes advanced security for corporate data. Microsoft 365 Enterprise comes with more features for identity and access as compared to Office 365. It includes security features like Windows Hello and Credential guard. Just to give you an idea about Windows Hello, if you are using Windows 10 or Windows 11, you might have seen the option to log in using a pin or your face instead of using a password. Microsoft 365 enterprise also comes with features to provide threat protection; this includes Detection and investigation of advanced threats, compromised identities, and malicious actions across your on-premises and cloud environments. It uses Microsoft Defender Antivirus and Microsoft Application Guard to make sure your devices and environment are protected from unwanted threats. 

Another aspect that makes Microsoft 365 Enterprise stand out is its security management features: Microsoft Secure Score and Microsoft Security and Compliance Center. It allows one to gain visibility into the cloud apps and services, build insights with sophisticated analytics, and control how your organization’s data travels so you can respond to and combat cyber threats. 

Microsoft 365 Enterprise also helps protect your sensitive data with Windows Information Protection and Bit locker, which is not included in Office 365 Enterprise. They also provide the upgraded Azure Information Protection Premium Plan 1.

So, whats the best plan for your enterprise? 

Overall, Microsoft 365 Enterprise has added layers of data protection, security and device management features like Intune, giving administrators a lot more control over devices and how data is accessed. This makes Microsoft 365 Enterprise more robust for enterprises with services that can uphold over 500 users and devices. Although Microsoft 365 is at almost double the price of Office 365 Enterprise, the added security and ability to securely access corporate information from wherever they are is a great benefit.  

For smaller businesses, the lower price point of Office 365 still harbours excellent value for the average user. Their services still allow the potential for the great success of your enterprise at a more budget-friendly cost per user per year. For more details about Office 365 and Microsoft 365 models, check out this article from Microsoft. 

In simple words, Microsoft 365 Enterprise is a combination of all features of Office 365 Enterprise, plus a variety of apps and add-ons for security, compliance and device management features. 

For example, if your organization has frontline workers, then Microsoft 365 F series plans will best suit your requirements. These plans include features for kiosks and shared devices and an online version of the Office apps. 

If you are a small business and your primary requirement is regulating app usage, your best bet would be to get an Office 365 Enterprise subscription. This requirement does not need high security and information protection. 

If you have a medium or large business and want more security features, your best bet would be to go for Microsoft 365 Enterprise E series subscriptions. These additional features can include compliance, Windows information protection, Bit Locker, Defender, and conditional access. For example, suppose you want to protect your data from being accessed from specific locations. In that case, you can have security features to block access. You could also choose to secure your devices with device encryption (Bit Locker) to protect your corporate devices’ data in all circumstances. 

The following additional capabilities of Microsoft 365 Enterprise make it a better choice than Office 365 Enterprise for protecting your employees, organization data, and customer information. 

  • Advanced Threat Protection with Advanced Threat Analytics, Microsoft 365 Defender.
  • Information Protection with Azure Information Protection Premium P1 and P2.
  • Advanced Device Management with Microsoft Intune, Microsoft 365 Endpoint Configuration Manager, and Windows 11 for Enterprise.

Despite choosing Microsoft 365 Enterprise or Office 365 Enterprise, both services are excellent enterprise options to support your business growth and workflow. 

 If you would like more details on which license will include what features, check out this comparison chart below: 

 Microsoft 365 vs. Office 365 Comparison Chart

  Microsoft 365  Office 365 
E3  E5  E5 Security 

(Requires M365 E3 (or O365 E3 and Enterprise Mobility + Security E3)) 

E1  E3  E5 
US$36 per user monthly  US$57 per user monthly  US$12 per user monthly  US$10 per user monthly  US$23 per user monthly  US$38 per user monthly 
Microsoft 365 Apps   
Desktop client apps             
Office Mobile apps             
Install apps on up to 5 PCs/Mac + 5 tablets + 5 smartphones             
Office for the web             
Visio for the web             
Microsoft Editor premium features             
Multilingual user interface for Office apps             
Email, calendar, and scheduling   
Exchange Kiosk (2GB mailbox)             
Exchange Plan 1 (50GB mailbox)             
Exchange Plan 2 (100GB mailbox)           

 

 

 

Calendar         

 

 

 

 

 

Outlook desktop client           

 

 

 

Auto-expanding email archive           

 

 

 

Exchange Online Protection         

 

 

 

 

 

Public folder mailboxes         

 

 

 

 

 

Resource mailboxes         

 

 

 

 

 

Inactive mailboxes           

 

 

 

Microsoft Shifts         

 

 

 

 

 

Microsoft Bookings         

 

 

 

 

 

Meetings, calling, and chat   
Microsoft Teams   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Unlimited chat   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Online meetings   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Live Events   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Webinars   

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

Screen sharing and custom backgrounds   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Record meetings   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Priority notifications   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Teams Phone     

 

       

 

Audio Conferencing   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Social, intranet, and storage   
SharePoint Kiosk (2GB OneDrive storage) 

 

           
SharePoint Plan 1 (1 TB OneDrive storage) 

 

           
SharePoint Plan 2 (unlimited OneDrive storage) 

 

           
Yammer Enterprise

 

           
Microsoft Viva Connections 

 

           
Content services   
Microsoft Graph API     

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Microsoft Search   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Microsoft Stream   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Microsoft Forms   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Microsoft Lists   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Delve   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Expertise identification   

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

Create document understanding or form processing models     

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Access content centers   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

View metadata extracted by document understanding or form processing models   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Insights and analytics   
Productivity Score   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Secure Score   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Compliance Management   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Viva Insights – Personal insights   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Power BI Pro 

 

   

 

       

 

Project and task management   
Microsoft Planner   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Microsoft To-Do   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Briefing Email   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Automation, app building, and chatbots   
Power Apps   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Power Automate 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Power Virtual Agent 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Dataverse for Teams 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Viva Learning   
Viva Learning in Teams   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Create learning tabs in Teams channels 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Search, share and chat about learning content 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Microsoft Learn and Microsoft 365 Training libraries + 125 top LinkedIn Learning courses   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Organization-generated content with SharePoint and Viva Learning 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Information governance   
Manual retention labels 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Basic org-wide or location-wide retention policies 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

Rules-based automatic retention policies 

 

   

 

       

 

Machine Learning-based retention 

 

   

 

       
Teams message retention policies 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Records Management     

 

       

 

Information protection 

 

 
Azure Information Protection Plan 1 

 

 

 

         
Azure Information Protection Plan 2 

 

   

 

       
Manual, default, and mandatory sensitivity labelling in Office 365 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

Automatic sensitivity labelling in Office 365 apps 

 

   

 

       

 

Manual labelling with the AIP app and plugin 

 

 

 

 

 

       
Automatic labelling in the AIP plugin 

 

   

 

       
Automatic sensitivity labels in Exchange, SharePoint, and OneDrive     

 

       

 

Sensitivity labels based on Machine Learning/Trainable classifiers     

 

       
Sensitivity labelling for containers in Office 365   

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

O365 Data Loss Prevention (DLP) for emails & files   

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

DLP for Teams chat     

 

       

 

Endpoint DLP     

 

       

 

Basic Office Message Encryption   

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

Advanced Office Message Encryption     

 

       

 

Customer Key     

 

       

 

Threat Protection   
Microsoft Defender Antimalware   

 

 

 

       
Microsoft Defender Firewall   

 

 

 

       
Microsoft Defender Exploit Guard   

 

 

 

       
Microsoft Defender Credential Guard   

 

 

 

       
BitLocker and BitLocker To Go   

 

 

 

       
Windows Information Protection   

 

 

 

       
Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Plan 1   

 

 

 

       
Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Plan 2     

 

 

 

     
Microsoft Defender for Identity     

 

 

 

     
Microsoft Defender for Office 365 Plan 2     

 

 

 

     

 

Application Guard for Office 365     

 

 

 

     
Safe Documents     

 

 

 

     
Cloud access security broker   
Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps     

 

 

 

     
Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps Discovery   

 

 

 

       
Office 365 Cloud App Security             

 

Identity and access management   
Azure Active Directory Premium Plan 1   

 

         
Azure Active Directory Premium Plan 2     

 

 

 

     
User Provisioning   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Self Service Password Reset   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced Security Reports   

 

 

 

 

 

     
Multi-Factor Authentication   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conditional Access   

 

 

 

 

 

     
Risk-Based Conditional Access/ Identity Protection     

 

 

 

     
Privileged Identity Management     

 

 

 

     
Access Reviews     

 

 

 

     
Entitlement Management     

 

 

 

     
Microsoft 365 Groups   

 

 

 

   

 

   

 

On-premises Active Directory sync for SSO   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

DirectAccess supported   

 

 

 

       
Windows Hello for Business     

 

       
Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics   

 

 

 

       
Windows Store Access Management 

 

 

 

 

 

       
Endpoint and app management   
Microsoft Intune   

 

 

 

       
Mobile Device Management   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Microsoft Endpoint Manager   

 

 

 

       
Mobile application management   

 

 

 

       
Windows AutoPilot   

 

 

 

       
Group Policy Support   

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

Office cloud policy support   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Shared computer activation for M365 Apps   

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

Endpoint Analytics   

 

 

 

       
Cortana management   

 

 

 

       
eDiscovery and auditing             
Content Search   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Core eDiscovery (including Hold and Export)   

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

Litigation Hold   

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

Advanced eDiscovery     

 

       

 

Basic Audit   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced Audit     

 

       

 

Insider risk management   
Insider Risk Management     

 

       
Communication Compliance     

 

       

 

Information Barriers 

 

   

 

       

 

Customer Lockbox 

 

   

 

       

 

Privileged Access Management 

 

   

 

       

 

Windows             
Windows 11 Edition  Enterprise  Enterprise         
Azure Virtual Desktop 

 

 

 

 

 

       
Universal Print 

 

 

 

 

 

       

If you are 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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