What is it? | Who should use it? | Plans and Pricing | How to Buy it
Microsoft 365 is a suite of tools made to manage your productivity and security needs – under one license. It combines best in class tools like Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security to empower your team with the tools they need to work together, get more done and keep your business safe.
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Because of the similar names, it’s easy to confuse Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Office 365. This comes from years of people mistakenly calling Office 365 the wrong name. Just to make it a little more confusing, Microsoft 365 includes Office 365. So, if you have Microsoft 365, you get Office 365, but if you have Office 365, you may not have Microsoft 365.
Microsoft 365 will work for most businesses. It's ideal for businesses with security concerns or complaince needs and companies who just want to simplify their technology budgeting.
Microsoft 365 can work for every business, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for everyone. Not surprisingly, the pros and cons of Microsoft 365 closely mirror the pros and cons of Office 365.
Some businesses who may not see the benefits of Microsoft 365 include:
Businesses without a reliable internet connection: Most of the features in Microsoft 365 are cloud-based, meaning you need an internet connection to access them. If your company doesn’t have a reliable internet connection, Microsoft 365 and Office 365 aren’t going to be a great fit.
Businesses with very specific line-of-business application needs: If you have a line-of-business application that’s slow to update or requires an older operating system, Microsoft 365 isn’t going to be for you. It includes Windows 10 and will get the latest updates as they come out. This is great for some businesses but may not work for everyone. Always check your line-of-business application requirements before you update your operating system.
Microsoft 365 plans include options for both small businesses and enterprises, as well as Education. Pricing varies based on the plan. You can mix and match plans to fit your specific needs.
Please note, the prices seen here only include the cost of the licenses. While there is no set-up fee, if you need an outside company, like a Microsoft Partner, to help you migrate to Microsoft 365, there may be additional costs associated with that. Those costs will vary from company to company.
Microsoft 365 Business is designed for small businesses (less than 300 users) and will cost $20/user/month when it reaches General Availability. It includes:
Please note: Microsoft 365 Business is still in Public Preview. The licenses are free for now (though if you have Office 365, you’ll still need to pay for those licenses during Public Preview), but there may be some kinks and small hiccups. Once it reaches General Availability (expected to happen towards the end of 2017), you will be charged the full $20/user/month for the licenses.
There are two plans available for Microsoft 365 Education: Microsoft 365 A3 and Microsoft 365 A5. Both include Windows 10, Office 365 for Education, elements of EMS, and Minecraft: Education Edition. A5 also includes additional security features (similar to Microsoft 365 Enterprise E5).
Microsoft has announced Microsoft 365 for non-profits, however, no details have been released yet. Non-profit pricing is available for Office 365 licenses, though.
Your best bet for buying Microsoft 365 is to go through a Microsoft Partner (like PTG!). A Partner can help you purchase and manage your licenses (or can do it all for you, if you'd prefer that). They can also help you determine which plan (or plans!) will best fit your needs.