Office 365 E3 vs Microsoft 365 Business Premium: What’s the difference?IT Resource
Are you getting the best bang for your buck?
It doesn’t come as a big surprise that defending against cyber threats and safeguarding business data will remain a top priority for businesses in 2021. If we’ve learned anything about cyberattacks in 2020, it’s that nothing is off-limits. With that in mind, most businesses are using some form of Office 365 or Microsoft 365 and it’s important to know and understand what plans have the best security features to protect against threats.
You may have wondered what the difference is between an Office 365 E3 plan and a Microsoft 365 Business Premium plan. Initially, they may look similar but there are some very significant differences.
Office 365 E3 is a cloud-based suite of apps that includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, SharePoint, OneDrive, and Microsoft Teams.
Microsoft 365 Business Premium brings together everything you know in Office 365 plus advanced remote access, security, and device management capabilities. It’s one solution that has all that you need to run and grow your business while having peace of mind that your information is protected.
The added security features in the Microsoft 365 Business Premium plan include Advanced Threat Protection and Identity management, device and application management including Intune and Windows 10 Pro upgrade rights, and Information protection features like Data Loss Protection and Azure Information Protection P1.
These added Business Premium features allow you to:
Collaborate in real-time – Bring everyone in your team on the same page, wherever they work – with group chat, online meetings, calling, and web conferencing. Easily and securely access your files, chats, and apps in one single workspace- across desktop, web, and mobile. Conduct meetings inside or outside your organization using a computer or mobile phone.
Enable remote access and protect identity – Protect against lost or stolen passwords by using an additional layer of security with Multi-Factor authentication. Provide the right people with the right access to work apps using Azure AD. Enable secure remote desktop access with Windows Virtual Desktop.
Protect against cyber threats and data loss – Protect against malicious links in email or Teams with real-time scanning using ATP Safe Links. Defend against impersonation and spoofing with ATP anti-phishing. Prevent sharing of sensitive information like credit card numbers using preconfigured DLP policy templates for HIPAA, PCI DSS, SSN, etc. Control whether an email can be forwarded, printed, or viewed by non-employees. Control whether a document can be edited, printed or viewed by non-employees.
Easily secure and manage devices – As employees work from multiple locations, and use both personal and company-owned devices, you need a way to manage and secure these devices and data. With Microsoft Intune, you can manage PCs and mobile devices to ensure that your data is safeguarded. With Defender and Intune, you can require automatic updates on all your Windows 10 devices, enforce Microsoft Defender protection against malware, and require the use of BitLocker encryption to prevent unauthorized access.
Here’s the best part: If you currently have an Office 365 E3 subscription and do not have more than 300 employees, you can move to a Microsoft 365 Business Premium plan with the added security features for the same price – $20/month.
Microsoft 365 Business Premium really packs a punch in one solution with the best of productivity tools and advanced security and management, so you have everything you need to run your business with peace of mind.
If you would like to get started and switch to Microsoft 365 Business Premium, please contact your Account Executive via email, or 616.837.6930
Microsoft 365 Business Premium Conditions:
- The version of Office apps does not include volume activation through Group Policy, app telemetry, update controls, spreadsheet compare and inquire, or business Intelligence
- Office Application Activation is limited in a thin client or VDI environment
- OneDrive for Business includes 1 TB storage limit per user
- Exchange Online and Outlook includes 50 GB storage limit per mailbox and unlimited Exchange Online Archiving