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Which version of Office 365 do I need?

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There are an incredible number of different versions of Microsoft 365 and Office 365. In case you are confused between Microsoft 365 and Office 365, this is the same product line. Microsoft has only changed the name and this creates confusion. There are differences between Office 365 and Microsoft 365 in the versions for large enterprises. In this blog you can read about the different versions of Office 365 and Microsoft 365.

Microsoft 365 Family

With Microsoft 365 Family you get the ‘basic’ applications of Microsoft Office, and with that you get OneDrive storage and Skype. The Office applications that you can access are Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft OneNote and Microsoft Outlook. Microsoft 365 Family is intended for 2-6 people. You also get 6TB of cloud storage for OneDrive, which is 1TB per person. This version of Microsoft 365 is therefore ideal for families.

Microsoft 365 Personal

With Microsoft 365 Personal you get access to the same Microsoft Office applications as with Microsoft 365 Family, you also get 1TB OneDrive cloud storage and access to Skype. The big difference between Microsoft 365 Family and Microsoft 365 Personal is that the Family version is suitable for 2-6 people, and the Personal version is only intended for 1 person.

Microsoft 365 for business use

For entrepreneurs and businesses, there are more options when it comes to Office 365. You can choose from Microsoft 365 Business Basic, Microsoft 365 Business Standard, Microsoft 365 Business Premium and Microsoft 365 apps. Below you can read what you get with the different versions of Office 365. You can read how much these versions cost in this blog.

 

Read more about what Office 365 can or can’t do for your business.

Microsoft 365 Business Basic

Microsoft 365 Business Basic is suitable for companies that mainly want an easy solution for working from home. You don’t get many applications with this version. You only get the web and mobile versions of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft OneNote and Microsoft PowerPoint. In addition, you get access to Microsoft Teams, and your data is stored securely through OneDrive, Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SharePoint.

Microsoft 365 Business Standard

With Microsoft 365 Business Standard you get various Microsoft Office applications, which you can actually install on your device. These are Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher (only on PC) and Microsoft Access (only on PC). In addition, you get access to Microsoft Teams, and your data is stored securely through OneDrive, Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SharePoint.

Microsoft 365 Business Premium

Microsoft 365 Business Premium includes everything that is also included with Microsoft 365 Business Standard. In addition, Business Premium also includes Intune and Azure Information Protection. Microsoft Intune is a Mobile Device Management and Mobile Application Management service. This allows you to manage how the devices and applications within the organization can be used. Azure Information Protection does what the name says, it protects your files. Azure Information Protection makes it possible to label certain files, hide them and protect them from other user groups.

Microsoft 365 apps

With this version of Microsoft 365 you get the desktop applications and the web and mobile versions of the Office applications. You get access to Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher and Microsoft Access. You also get 1 TB of OneDrive storage per user.

Microsoft 365 and Office 365 for (large) enterprises

Large companies often need control, security and productivity. Microsoft 365 ‘Enterprise’ options offer various forms of control, security and productivity. There are also special options for ‘Front-line’ subscriptions.

Microsoft 365 E3

Microsoft 365 E5 is intended for larger companies and offers the standard Office applications that have already been mentioned. You also get Windows 11 for enterprises with this version. Microsoft Teams is also included with Microsoft 365 E3. This version is ideally suited for work management, data protection, and security management.

Microsoft 365 E5

Microsoft 365 E3 is intended for larger companies and offers the standard Office applications that have already been mentioned. You also get Windows 11 for enterprises with this version. Microsoft Teams is also included with Microsoft 365 E5. This version is ideal for work management, security management, data protection, compliance management, access management and advanced analytics.

Microsoft 365 Apps for Large Business

With this version of Microsoft 365 you only get the Office applications such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft OneNote and Microsoft Publisher. You can also use Outlook, but you will not get a business mail account. Other communication apps such as Microsoft Teams are also not included.

Office 365 E1

Office 365 E1 is an online office package and therefore only contains the web versions of some Office applications. With this package you can share files, email and use teams.

Office 365 E3

Office 365 E3 is a version that bundles Office 365 E1 and Microsoft 365 apps for large businesses. Here, Microsoft adds extra security and control through its Compliance and security tools.

Office 365 E5

Office 365 E5 includes everything Microsoft 365 enterprise apps, Office E1, and Office E3, and throws in advanced security on top of that. This package also includes analytics and voice control tools.

Microsoft 365 and Office 365 Frontline versions

Special Microsoft 365 and Office 365 frontline packages have been put together especially for frontline employees. Namely:

  • Microsoft 365 F1
  • Microsoft 365 F3
  • Office 365 F3

Frontline employees are the customer’s first point of contact, which is why these packages have been put together. This is about good and fast service. Softtrader recommends that if you are interested in these packages, you do thorough research yourself into the needs of your frontline employees. Of the versions above, Microsoft 365 F3 is the most extensive version with a range of applications and cloud services.

Microsoft 365 for education

Microsoft 365 for Education is available through Microsoft’s sales department. Because purchase of Microsoft 365 for education is often sold in large numbers, these packages are often personalized. If you are looking for more information, please contact Microsoft sales.

Conclusion

In any case, there is no shortage of choice. Our conclusion is that an on-premise license is always cheaper in the long run. Especially if you buy a pre-owned Office license from Softtrader, this will save you up to 70% on costs. If you really want a Microsoft 365 or Office 365 license, the right choice depends entirely on your situation. One thing is clear: there are plenty of different versions of Microsoft 365 and Office 365.

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