September 18, 2020


Microsoft 365 Business vs Enterprise: Licensing Options

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Microsoft Office 365, propelled in 2011, is a finished bundle of uses and administration, and is right now being utilised by more than 155 million individuals around the world. It is a cloud-based model that gives the clients an assortment of highlights to help support your business profitability.

Microsoft offers various types of pricing plan. Even though the basic features remain the same, there are some differences which can make a difference in the way you work.

Recently, Microsoft has changed the naming conventions for its Office 365 Business plans and now they are called Microsoft 365 Business.

How to choose between Microsoft 365 Business and Office/Microsoft 365 Enterprise?

1. Features Comparison of Microsoft 365 Business and Office/Microsoft 365 Enterprise

Microsoft 365 Business and Office/Microsoft 365 Enterprise, both have their own arrangement of features that are reasonable for various business types.

Following are a couple of highlights which separate the two:

a. Mail Storage Limit for different Microsoft Office Online Plans

With regards to email storage, Microsoft Enterprise plan has much more to offer than Microsoft Business. The Enterprise plan gives its clients access to a bigger post box size of 100 GB and boundless stockpiling as an archive mailbox, when contrasted with the Business plan which offers a capacity of 50 GB.

b. On-Premise CAL Rights Equivalency to Office 365

Another significant contrast between the two plans is the on-premise CAL (Client Access License) rights. Microsoft Enterprise gives its clients the ECAL Suite which gives them the right to use On-Premises Exchange, SharePoint, Skype, Windows, and so on.

c. Business Intelligence and Analytics

Microsoft Enterprise accompanies a wide scope of Business Intelligence and Analytics apparatuses which are not offered in Microsoft Business. The Enterprise plan provides service like Advanced Excel, Delve Analytics, and Power BI Pro, which help the clients perform systematic errands and picture information on one stage.

Thus, Microsoft Enterprise can be useful for any organization engaged with performing significant level explanatory tasks.

2. Cap on Number of Organization’s Users for Microsoft 365 Business vs Enterprise  

The essential contrast between the two plans is the quantity of users advertised. Microsoft Business can be utilized and imparted to up to 300 users, though Microsoft Enterprise can be imparted to a boundless number of users.

Henceforth, the Business plan is an answer intended for little and developing business, though the Enterprise plan is fitting for bigger firms.


3. Cost Comparison between Business vs Enterprise

A significant contrast which each business will consider before buying Microsoft is the expense of the two. While the fundamental highlights in both Microsoft 365 Business and Microsoft Enterprise continue as before, the previous one comes at a lower cost.

The base cost for the Business plan ranges from $5 to $20, while the Enterprise plan comes at a more significant expense going from $8 to $57.

Along these lines, for any individual who wishes to utilize only the fundamental feautres of Microsoft, the Business plan would be the correct alternative.

Microsoft 365 Business

Microsoft 365 Enterprise

  • Max Mail Storage: 50 GB
  • On-Premise CAL Rights: None
  • Business Intelligence and Analytics: None
  • Max Users Count: 300
  • Cost Range: $5-$20
  • Flavors: Basic, Standard and Premium
  • Max Mail Storage: 100 GB
  • On-Premise CAL Rights: Permitted
  • Business Intelligence and Analytics: Permitted
  • Max Users Count: Unlimited
  • Cost Range: $8-$57
  • Flavors: Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise, F3, E3 and E5 & Office E1, E3 and E5

You can find the comparison between the different Microsoft 365 Business flavors,  the comparison between various Microsoft 365 Enterprise Plans, and that for different Office 365 Enterprise Plans in these articles. Of course, if you feel indecisive, our consultants would love to help you choose the right plan – often offering additional discounts and promotions based on number of users. Who doesn't like discounts, right? Just book a meeting with us and let us help you get started!

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About the Author

Ateeb is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate. He aids clients in deployment, and management of Microsoft technologies - for both, on-premises and on the cloud environment. With significant experience in deploying stand-alone and enterprise solutions, Ateeb enjoys helping organizations with their digital transformation journey.

Ateeb Fayyaz

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