Read through our in-depth Office 365 guide to determine the proper license for your organization.

At MessageOps, one of the questions that we’re asked when companies are thinking about migrating to Office 365, is what Office 365 license do I need?

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This question really boils down to what cloud-based services you’re interested in as well as the number of users that you anticipate needing to migrate to Office 365. We’ve put together this guide to give you a general overview of the most popular Office 365 licenses so that you can be better educated when it comes time to choose the right license for you and your company.

Which Office 365 license is right for my organization?

The most common Office 365 plans are broken up into two categories: Business and Enterprise levels. Below we’ll explain the differences between the two, as well as the various levels that exist within these two categories.

Business plans

Business plans are typically earmarked for organizations with up to 300 users. If you are going to need more than 300 user accounts, you’ll want to investigate the Office 365 Enterprise level plans.

Below are the three most popular Office 365 Business plans:

Office 365 Business

This plan includes access to the latest versions of all the Office 365 apps including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, and Publisher. You also have access to OneDrive for Business, but not to cloud-based email or Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, Yammer, or SharePoint.

Office 365 Business Premium

You have access to everything in the Office 365 Business plan as well as access to cloud-based email, Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, Yammer, and SharePoint.

Office 365 Business Essentials

This plan does not give you access to desktop versions of Office 365 apps, but you do get cloud-based email and access to Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, Yammer, and SharePoint.

Enterprise plans

As mentioned above, if your organization has more than 300 users, you’ll need to look into Office 365 enterprise plans, the most popular of which are listed below:

Office 365 ProPlus

You’ll have access to all of your favorite desktop versions of Office 365 apps, as well as access to Skype for Business and OneDrive for Business. Keep in mind that you won’t have access to business class email with this plan.

Office 365 Enterprise E1

This plan doesn’t come with access to desktop versions of the Office 365 apps but does give you business email, as well as support for OneDrive for Business, SharePoint, Teams, and Yammer.

Office 365 Enterprise E3

This plan gives you access to all your favorite Office 365 desktop apps as well as access to cloud-based email, OneDrive for Business, SharePoint, Skype for Business, Yammer, and Microsoft Teams.

Office 365 Enterprise E5

This plan gives you everything that you would have with the E3 plan but adds in features such as PSTN Conferencing, Cloud PBX Services, and Advanced Threat Protection.

Office 365 Enterprise K1

This plan is very similar to the E1 plan, except it has lower storage limits because it’s primarily geared towards kiosks where infrastructure is to be shared among multiple users.

Still, have questions about which Office 365 plan to choose?

If you’re still unsure of the best Office 365 plan for you and your organization, be sure to contact us today. We would be happy to learn more about your organization so that we can help you find the best Office 365 plan for your unique needs.

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