Office 365 For The Small Business: Which Plan Is For You?

Microsoft has been paying attention to its partners and customers in order to simplify the process of selecting the best solution for small businesses. They have removed all of the intricate options, which, to be honest, occasionally confused us all, and replaced them with a more straightforward Office 365 plan structure.


These days, there are three primary options for small businesses: “Business Essentials,” “Business,” and “Business Premium.” All of these have enterprise equivalents that provide additional services that small businesses could find useful, but I’ll focus on the small company offerings in this blog.

You're considering Office 365 for your business, but are unsure about your options?

Establishing your business needs is crucial to selecting an Office 365 package that meets all of your needs. But hold on! Here’s where Microsoft pulled a blinder: you may now “mix and match” with the new Office 365 services. This implies that ninety per cent of your user base is well suited for one of the new Office 365 options. You can purchase individual program subscriptions for the remaining 10% if they require a specific service that an alternative Office 365 plan provides. Total flexibility.


Now let’s examine their plans. One TB of OneDrive for Business storage is included with each of the new business options. Additionally, there is a 300-user maximum; if you require additional seats, the corporate subscriptions offer infinite capacity. Recall that all of your data stored in Office 365 is constantly accessible, safe, and secure. By switching to Office 365 for only a small portion of your infrastructure, your company can save money and get a reliable solution without having to rely on numerous outside providers or on-premise hardware.


Business Essentials


This is the least expensive of the business plans, and it is intended for companies that already use Microsoft Office products but would like to benefit from online Office applications such as SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, Skype for Business, and Exchange Online (which offers enterprise-class email and calendars with a 50 gigabyte mailbox size). If you want to give Office 365 a try, this is a terrific option. Once you feel comfortable using it, you can upgrade to one of the other plans to give your company a full solution.




The Office 365 personal plans and the “business” plan are nearly identical. None of the internet services, including Skype for Business, SharePoint, and enterprise email, are included in the plan. The complete Microsoft Office program suite, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and Publisher for PCs, Macs, tablets, and smartphones, is what you do receive, along with one terabyte of OneDrive for Business storage. For companies that need the newest Microsoft Office products but don’t want the full online experience of Office 365, this package is perfect. Keep in mind that as this is a subscription service, you will always receive the most recent iterations of the Microsoft Office apps as soon as they are released, saving you money on new license purchases for upgraded versions. This guarantees that your employees are using the newest software for security and productivity, and it also helps with software costs.


Business Premium


Only by 80p does this plan rank as the most costly among the small company plans! We believe that this additional eighty pence is a very fair value for a complete company solution! Everything from “Business Essentials” to “Business” is included in this plan. Thus, you get access to online office apps, Skype for Business, OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online, and enterprise email. You also receive a license to use the whole Microsoft Office Suite on PCs, Macs, tablets and phones. This bundle is designed for small businesses that wish to go cloud-based and manage their software expenses with a single, convenient payment.


You can now customize these plans to fit your specific business needs with Microsoft’s new flexible options. For example, if you already have Microsoft Office 2010 licenses and don’t have the funds to upgrade this fiscal year, you may want to switch your email to an enterprise-grade mail system. You can easily upgrade to a “Business Premium” subscription for next year, adding the cost of the Microsoft Office license to the Office365 subscription budget and guaranteeing that you’ll always be up to date without having to pay extra for the software.


Tripearltech is available to assist small businesses with their planning and Office 365 implementation. Visit our services page here to view the Office 365 features in further detail.

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