Microsoft 365 Licensing

Microsoft 365 Licensing has recently been updated which has caused confusion. However, longer term the new Microsoft 365 licensing model should be simpler and easier for people to understand.

Microsoft 365 Licensing

About the Microsoft 365 Licensing & Recent Updates

This is the journey of how we got to the Microsoft 365 Licenses and the different plans and rebrands that have occurred.

  • Office 365 – The Office 365 Business Essentials and Business Premium were the first set of licenses that enable Office 365 services including Exchange, SharePoint, OneDrive, and Office installations.
  • Enterprise Mobility & Security –Microsoft then released a set of enhanced security packages including Azure AD Premium, Conditional Access, InTune & Azure Information Protection. These are available as addons to Office 365 licenses.
  • Microsoft 365 – This new license released in 2018 provided Office 365, Windows 10 Upgrades and Enterprise Mobility & Security features into a new bundle that was more cost effective than purchasing separately. This product also launched Microsoft 365 Business providing more security features at the business market (less than 300 users).
  • Licensing Rebrand – Finally on April 21st 2020 the licenses were renamed to simplify the separate licenses within Office 365 and Microsoft 365. Microsoft said, 'This new approach to naming our products is designed to help you quickly find the plan you need and get back to your business'. The licenses have been renamed as follows:
    • Office 365 Business Essentials became Microsoft 365 Business Basic.
    • Office 365 Business Premium became Microsoft 365 Business Standard.
    • Microsoft 365 Business became Microsoft 365 Business Premium.
    • Office 365 Business and Office 365 ProPlus will both become Microsoft 365 Apps. Where necessary we will use the “for business” and “for enterprise” labels to distinguish between the two.

A lot of our clients get in touch struggling to understand exactly what each plan includes and how what the features do.

We are releasing a live link to a spreadsheet that will be updated when new features/changes come up which you can sign up for below:

Microsoft 365 Licensing Sheet Download

    The licenses have been outlined below in a friendly table format:

    Microsoft 365 Licensing Business Plans

    What's Included? Description Microsoft 365 Business Basic Microsoft 365 Business Standard Microsoft 365 Business Premium Microsoft 365 Apps for Business
    Cost Per User / Per Month £3.80  £9.40  £15.10  £7.90
    Users Maximum Number Licenses 300 300 300 300
    Office Online  
    Office Client  
    Exchange  
    SharePoint Storage 1TB + 10GB Per User
    OneDrive for Business  
    Microsoft Teams  
    Planner  
    To Do  
    Yammer  
    Stream  
    Bookings  
    MileIQ  
    InTune  
    Azure AD – Conditional Access   P1
    Azure AD – SSO   P1
    Azure Information Protection   P1
    Autopilot  
    Windows 10 Upgrade  
    Office 365 ATP   P1

    Microsoft 365 Licensing Enterprise Plans

    Whats Included? Description Microsoft 365 E3 Microsoft 365 E5 Microsoft 365 F3 Microsoft 365 F1
    Cost Per User / Per Month  £28.10  £48.10 £7.50 £3.02
    Users Maximum Number Licenses Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
    Office Online  
    Office Client  
    Exchange  
    SharePoint  
    OneDrive for Business  
    Microsoft Teams  
    Planner  
    To Do  
    Yammer  
    Stream  
    Bookings  
    MileIQ  
    InTune  
    Azure AD – Conditional Access   P1
    Azure AD – SSO   P1
    Azure Information Protection   P1
    Autopilot  
    Windows Virtual Desktop Rights  
    Windows 10 E3 & Upgrade  
    Office 365 ATP  
    Windows Defender  

    Relevant Materials & Videos

    Our upcoming webinar explains the key security products available in Microsoft 365. Join here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/securing-microsoft-365-tickets-104987351996

    Microsoft 365 Products Overview for Non Profits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNi09HqIE7w

    Contacts Us

    Valto offer a free 45-minute overview of the licenses, what features are available and how to get the most out of the platform. Book a demonstration today with a Microsoft 365 Specialist you can call, email, contact us.

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