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Microsoft 365 plans comparison for Office 365, Business and Enterprise

Category: Microsoft Office 365 > M365 plans comparison
Updated: 2021-07-03





Short description of this page. Short description of this page. The drawings and information below show how you can compare Microsoft 365 plans and see their differences. There is a logical explanation of the scope and functionality of the Microsoft 365 plans (included Office 365).



What is included in all Microsoft 365 plans?


Office 365 Web Apps are included with all Microsoft 365 plans, which means Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint as web versions are included in all plans, see Drawing 1.
Plans comparison: Office 365 Web Apps, Desktop Apps, Teams, Exchange, Sharepoint, Onedrive

Drawing 1, What is included in all Microsoft 365 plans?


Teams, Exchange, Sharepoint and Onedrive are components of M365 Business Basic or Office 365 E1, as well as any other Microsoft 365 plans that include them, such as M365 Business Standard see Drawing 2.

If you want to install the Office 365 apps (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Access) on the desktop then you need M365 Apps for Business or M365 Apps for Enterprise or other plans that include them.



   Microsoft 365 includes Office 365. On the drawing and accordingly on this page, abbreviations M365 have been used for Microsoft 365 and E as in E1, E3, E5 for Enterprise.




Microsoft 365 Business plans comparison


M365 Business Basic includes Office 365 Web Apps (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint) plus Teams, Exchange, Sharepoint and Onedrive. M365 Apps for Business allows Office 365 apps to be installed on the desktop (see Drawing 1).
M365 Business Standard includes all the features from these two plans, as shown in Drawing 2.

M365 Business Premium includes everything from M365 Business Standard plus Defender for Office 365, Microsoft Intune and Windows Virtual Desktop.
Microsoft 365 Business plans comparison: Basic, Standard, Premium, Office 365 Apps

Drawing 2, Microsoft 365 Business plans comparison





Office 365 Enterprise plans comparison


Office 365 E1 includes Office 365 Web Apps (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint) plus Teams, Exchange, Sharepoint and Onedrive. M365 Apps for Enterprise allows Office 365 apps (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Access) to be installed on the desktop.


   Business plans are for companies up to 300 employees, while Enterprise plans are for larger companies / enterprises. Simplistically, one can say Office 365 E1 is like M365 Business Basic and M365 Apps for Enterprise is like M365 Apps for Business.



Office 365 Enterprise plans comparison: E1, E3, E5,  Web/Desktop Apps

Drawing 3, Office 365 Enterprise plans comparison


Office 365 E3 includes features of Office 365 E1 and M365 Apps for Enterprise plus Windows Virtual Desktop, Flow for Office 365 P2, OneDrive with 5TB, see Drawing 3.
Office 365 E5 includes all features of Office 365 E3 plus Cloud App Security, M365 Phone System and Defender for Office 365.




Microsoft 365 Enterprise plans comparison


To see the scope of Microsoft 365 Enterprise plans, we need to look at the Office 365 plans on drawing 3 beforehand. Microsoft 365 E3 includes all the features of Office 365 E3, Mobility + Security E3 (EMS3), Windows 10 E3, etc. Mobility + Security E3 consists of other components e.g. Microsoft Intune.

Microsoft 365 E5 includes all the features of Microsoft 365 E3 plus Office 365 E5, Mobility + Security E5 (EMS5), Windows 10 E5 (includes Defender for Endpoint) etc. Microsoft 365 E5 includes practically all plans from drawings 1-4.
Microsoft 365 Enterprise plans comparison, M365 E3 vs M365 E5

Drawing 4, Microsoft 365 Enterprise plans comparison



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For more information regarding Microsoft 365 Enterprise plan comparison, download the PDF spreadsheet Microsoft Plan Comparison - Enterprise.