Microsoft 365: the different offers and their features

With a single login, users can access all the services, applications and features of Windows 10 devices from anywhere. Users can also work offline and synchronize their applications once they reconnect.

Microsoft 365 also includes a search function (and discovery) based on artificial intelligence to find relevant information that users can import directly into Office.

A Microsoft 365 Subscription Plan also provides security tools to control access, prevent data leaks, and protect against threats. Users also automatically receive the latest security updates for Windows 10 and Office 365.

What is included in Microsoft 365

A Microsoft 365 subscription is made of three main components:

Windows 10.  The edition of Windows 10 depends on the subscription level of Microsoft 365. The available editions are Professional, Enterprise and Education.

Office 365 . The office and collaboration suite includes versions to install on devices (laptop and smartphones) and Web version (SaaS) of all Microsoft productivity applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams and SharePoint. In addition, Office 365 comes with OneDrive storage, as well as management and security features.

Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS). EMS is a set of services to protect, manage and control access to user resources. It includes features such as multi-factor authentication, security reporting, mobile device management (MDM), and advanced data protection.

The availability of each of these services varies considerably between different Microsoft 365 subscription plans.

The different levels of subscription to Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365 offers three subscription packages: Business, Business and Education.

Business . This plan is aimed at SMEs up to 300 users. It includes Windows 10 Professional, Office 365 Business Premium and several EMS functions. The plan also upgrades Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 Professional to Windows 10 Professional.

This subscription level includes basic Office applications, with 1TB of file storage, collaboration services, such as online meetings and chat-based workspaces – as well as business applications like Outlook Customer Manager or MileIQ (for mileage calculation).

EMS features in the Business Plan include Azure Active Directory (AD), device management with Intune, threat protection, always-on security, and some other management and security features. However, this subscription does not include all Azure AD capabilities (such as reporting, conditional access, or self-service capabilities).

Enterprise . This plan includes Windows 10 Enterprise, Office 365 Enterprise, and more advanced EMS features that target large businesses. The Enterprise Package is available in three subscription levels.

– Microsoft 365 F1  targets field employees. It includes features such as Azure P1 Protection Information, Windows Autopilot, Azure AD P1, Advanced Threat Analytics. It is based on Windows 10 Enterprise E3, Office 365 F1 and some EMS features.

– Microsoft 365 E3  adds features such as data loss prevention in Office 365, as well as a full set of components such as Flow, Stream, and PowerApps. This edition is based on Windows 10 Enterprise E3, Office 365 E3 and EMS E3.

– Microsoft 365 E5  offers all possible features including Audio Conferencing, Phone System, Azure AD P2, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, Azure Information Protection P2 and Power BI Pro. This edition is based on Windows 10 Enterprise E5, Office 365 E5 and EMS E5.

Education . This Microsoft 365 subscription is for educators, schools, and universities. It includes Windows 10 Education, Office 365 Education, and various EMS features. Three different functional level plans include tools presented as “user-friendly” for classroom work such as Microsoft Teams, Office Lens (document scan) or OneNote Class Notebook.

Companies that do not want to implement the three Microsoft 365 products – Windows 10, Office 365 and EMS – can still buy them separately. But they can also have a strategy with Microsoft 365 subscriptions for some users and the purchase of separate products for others. With a Microsoft 365 subscription, IT teams have a wide range of options.

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