By Stephanie Baskerville on October 05, 2020

Which Microsoft 365 License is Right for My Organization?

 

“There are so many versions of Microsoft 365 licenses! Which one do I choose?”

When searching for the Microsoft 365 license (formerly Office 365 license) that's most appropriate for their end-users, some organizations find where to start the most overwhelming part of the entire process. How do you know which one is right for your organization? Should you choose Enterprise E3, or will Business Standard be sufficient? What's the difference between Business Premium and Enterprise E5? What apps and services come with each of the licenses?

At ProServeIT, we understand your frustration, and, to help you make the right decision, we've created a Microsoft 365 Decision Tree, and provided you with a quick overview of each of the licenses. Read along to learn about the various versions of Microsoft 365 and use our Microsoft 365 Decision Tree to choose the right Office 365 license for your organization!

What are the Different Licenses of Microsoft 365?

For the sake of this post, we'll focus on the most common licenses included with Microsoft 365. For add-ons and packages that you can include with your subscription, contact us

Business Licenses (for organizations with under 300 Users)

Microsoft 365 Business Basics
$6.40 CAD/user/month (annual commitment)
  • Best for: businesses that need easy remote solutions, with Microsoft Teams, secure Cloud storage, and Office Online (desktop versions not included).
  • Applications included: Web and mobile versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
  • Services included: Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, and Outlook.
Microsoft 365 Business Standard
$16.00 CAD/user/month (annual commitment)
  • Best for: businesses that need full remote work and collaboration tools including Microsoft Teams, secure cloud storage, business email, and premium Office applications across devices.
  • Applications included: Online, mobile, and desktop versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher (PC only), Access (PC only), Bookings, and MileIQ.
  • Services included: Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, and Outlook.
Microsoft 365 Business Premium
$25.60 CAD/user/month (annual commitment)
  • Best for: businesses that require secure, remote work solutions with everything included in Business Standard, plus advanced cyberthreat protection and device management.
  • Applications included:Online, mobile, and desktop versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher (PC only), Access (PC only), Bookings, and MileIQ.
  • Services included: Exchange, OneDrExchange, OneDrive, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams,  Outlook, Intune, and Azure Information Protection.

Enterprise Licenses (for organizations with 300+ Users)

Microsoft 365 Enterprise E3
$42.60 CAD/user/month (annual commitment)
  • Best for: businesses that are looking for best-in-class productivity apps combined with core security and compliance capabilities. 
  • Applications included: Web and mobile versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Access (PC only). 
  • Services included: Outlook, Exchange, Bookings, Teams, SharePoint, Yammer, OneDrive, Stream, Sway, Lists, Power Apps, Power Automate, Planner, and To Do. 
Microsoft 365 Enterprise E5
$73.00 CAD/user/month (annual commitment)
  • Best for: businesses that are looking for best-in-class productivity apps and advanced security, compliance, voice and analytical capabilities.  
  • Applications included: Web and mobile versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Access (PC only). 
  • Services included: Outlook, Exchange, Bookings, Teams, SharePoint, Yammer, OneDrive, Stream, Sway, Lists, Power Apps, Power Automate, Planner, To Do, My Analytics, Power BI Pro, Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection, Microsoft 365 Advanced Threat Protection, Azure Advanced Threat Protection, Advanced eDiscovery, Customer Lockbox, Advanced Data Governance, Service Encryption with Customer Key, and Privileged Access Management.

So, what’s the right version for your organization? Follow the Office 365 Decision Tree below to decide which version is the right fit.

 

Which Office 365 License Is Right for My Organization? [Decision Tree]

It’s important to note that this Office 365 Decision Tree isn’t an exact science – every customer is different, and some customers require more customization than others. However, the below graphic will walk you through some basic questions to help you understand which version could suit your unique business needs.

Microsoft 365 license plans for your organization

Still confused? Talk to our Microsoft 365 experts today!

 

Start Your Office 365 Journey with A Free Trial

If you still aren’t sure which version is the right one for your organization, talk to our Microsoft 365 experts today. With our commitment to eliminating our customers’ “IT debt”, we’ll make sure you choose the right version of Microsoft 365 for your specific business needs so that you’re getting the maximum ROI for your money.

If you want to try Microsoft 365 out and see if it’s the right fit for your organization, take advantage of  ProServeIT's Microsoft 365 free trial! This offer allows you to try out up to 25 Enterprise E5 user licenses for free for 30 days. There’s no credit card required and no obligation after the trial ends, so you really can’t lose!

Want to see how other companies took advantage of Microsoft 365? Watch this video case study of one of our customers! To see more of our case studies, click here.

 

 

 


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Published by Stephanie Baskerville October 5, 2020