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 administrations, which is right now being utilized by more than 155 million individuals all around the world. It is a cloud-based model and gives the clients a variety of features which will help support your business profitability.

Introduction to Microsoft 365 Business

Microsoft Office 365 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 Office 365 / Microsoft 365 Enterprise have much more to offer than Microsoft Business. The Microsoft 365 / Office 365 Enterprise give their clients access to a bigger Exchange Online post box size of 100 GB and boundless stockpiling as an archive mailbox, when contrasted with the Business which offers a capacity of 50 GB.

b. On-Premise CAL Rights Equivalency to Office 365

OneDrive storage limit is another difference which differentiates the two families of Microsoft Plans. The Enterprise family offers unlimited while the Microsoft Business Premium maxs out at 1TB of cloud storage.

c. Sharepoint Plans

Microsoft Business Family provision Sharepoint Plan 1 at max while the Enterprise Family do come with the option of SP Plan 2

d. On-Premise CAL Rights Equivalency to Office 365

Another significant contrast between the Microsoft Office 365 / Microsoft 365 Enterprise and Microsoft 365 Business 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.

e. Business Intelligence and Analytics

Microsoft Office 365 / Microsoft 365 Enterprise accompanies a wide scope of Intelligence and Analytics apparatuses which are not offered in Microsoft Business. The Enterprise provide services 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.

f. Security and Compliance

Microsoft/Office 365 Plans for Enterprise offers very vast features in Security and Compliance and Advance Threat Protection sections as compared to Business plans which would prove saving organization from huge losses and great productivity without compromising over security . Things like Advanced Threat Protection, Desktop Analytics, Device Guard & Creds Guard and Cloud App Security  for the devices securing from unauthorized office apps & device access, generated reports of security for desktop devices and cloud apps, blocking anonymous codes from running on desktop devices for automated real time security from malwares, viruses etc. would prove very efficient solutions for your company security.

When we talk for the secuirty and features of Azure Active Directory, Business Family only supports upto Azure AD Premium Plan 1 while the Enterprise do come with the option of Azure AD Plan 2.

Azure Information Protection max out Plan 1 for Business Family while the Enterprise do offer Plan 2.

Data Loss Prevention and Device Management are part of both the Families. Device Management is a solution termed as Endpoint Manager aka Intune by MS.

Advanced Threat Analytics is only part of Enterprise Family.

Any organization with very sensitive data who'd not like to miss out any Security and Compliance and Advanced Threat Protection features for tightening the security of environment and not ready to comprise the loss of critical data should must opt for the Enterprise.

g. PSTN Calling Capabilities

Microsoft & Office 365 Subscription for Enterprise may come with Phone System license by default and one wouldn't need to buy an add on for it which is required to make PSTN phone calls. Business plans may be brought together with Phone System using add on, but the Phone System isn't already built into the plans.

Any organization looking for some productive apps, very tight security and PSTN calling capabilities in one bundle should always opt for the Enterprise one.

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

The essential contrast between the Microsoft Office 365 / Microsoft 365 Enterprise and Microsoft Business is the quantity of users advertised. Microsoft Business can be utilized and imparted to up to 300 users, though Microsoft Office 365 / Microsoft 365 Enterprise plans can be imparted to a boundless number of users.

Henceforth, the Business Subscription 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 Subscription ranges from $5 to $20, while the Enterprise 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: Microsoft 365 Business Basic, Microsoft 365 Business Standard and Microsoft 365 Business 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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