Microsoft 365 Solutions Overview

Microsoft 365

Following the demise of Microsoft Small Business Server some years ago, businesses started to migrate to Office 365, a cloud-based service delivering hosted emails and applications, such as Word, Excel and so on.

Whilst Office 365 remains a current solution, Microsoft have unveiled the next generation suite of cloud-based products, known as Microsoft 365. Here’s the low-down:

Microsoft 365 was originally unveiled last year at Inspire 2017. An all-encompassing package that includes Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security, the new offering debuted with two configurations positioned at different segments of the market: Microsoft 365 Business and Microsoft 365 Enterprise.

Microsoft 365 Business is designed specifically for small-to-medium sized businesses with up to 300 users. This offering only offers basic security features, but still acts as a great solution for smaller businesses who want a more integrated and secure way of using Windows 10 and Office 365.

Microsoft 365

Office 365: A cloud services platform that offers familiar Microsoft products like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneDrive (along with other productivity services), either online or on-premises via a subscription plan.

Microsoft 365: An all-in-one bundle that includes the Office 365 suite, Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise Mobility+Security for a complete, interconnected experience.

Microsoft 365 Enterprise is, as the title implies, more geared towards larger organisations that want a single, secure platform with which to share and collaborate. It includes strong data security features on top of Windows 10 Pro and Office 365.

Microsoft 365 Education was announced a bit later and is geared towards schools and other institutions of learning. The goal is to empower educators with access to productivity and collaborative software that students can benefit from.

Why Not Just Subscribe to Office 365?

Similarly to how last year’s Xbox One X was Microsoft’s response to customers who wanted to upgrade to a more powerful gaming experience, Microsoft 365 is their response to customers who want and need a complete package when it comes to workplace productivity. Small-to-medium-sized businesses looking to adopt Office 365 would typically need to buy Windows 10 Pro and subscribe to a security service piecemeal. The organisation would then also need to make sure all of their users were properly connected and covered under the security subscription. With Microsoft 365, everything is integrated from the start. Not only does this make it less of a hassle from a buying perspective, but it also makes it easier to navigate for end users. By buying into the entire Microsoft ecosystem from the get-go, businesses have a chance to save valuable resources and use them for running their operation.

What’s Included?

Microsoft 365

The Microsoft 365 Business offering is fairly straightforward, but Enterprise and Education are comprised of multiple tiers tailored to different use cases. Here’s everything you need to know:

Microsoft 365 Business

Microsoft 365 Business is designed for SMBs with 300 users or less. It’s comprised of:

  • The Office 365 suite
  • 1TB of storage
  • Device management capabilities via Microsoft Intune
  • Basic data and app security

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Microsoft 365 Enterprise

Microsoft 365 Enterprise was made for larger organisations that need stronger security and device management functionality. It’s broken up into three tiers:

  • F1 (for Firstline Workers)
    • Office 365 (minus Access)
    • Basic threat protection



  • E3 (Basic Tier)
    • Office 365
    • Basic threat protection
    • Office 365 Data Loss Prevention




Microsoft 365 Education
  • A1 (Basic) Microsoft 365 Education
    • A free, limited version of Office (for students and teachers) complete with all the essentials needed to enhance learning in the classroom
    • Basic information protection


  • A3 (Standard)
    • Everything in A1
    • Full access to Office desktop apps
    • Stronger information protection and security management tools


  • A5 (Premium)
    • Everything in A3
    • Advanced security tools
    • Advanced compliance tools
    • Analytics systems


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Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365 In a Nutshell…

Microsoft 365 has a lot to offer businesses that haven’t made the move to Office 365 and want to set up their environment as fast as possible, or for those that already use Office 365 and want to benefit from enhanced features and functionality. Microsoft 365 Business should be especially popular among new SMBs that want to get a collaborative environment off the ground quickly.

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