One of the most common questions we are asked is ‘Which version of Office 365 should we opt for?’ and we invariably answer with ‘It depends!’  This is due to the numerous applications available within the various editions and of course, the individual needs of the end-user.

So, to begin with, let’s take a look at Office 365 Business Premium, which is specifically targeted at businesses with up to 300 users.  This version combines Microsoft Office 365 apps including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive with mobile application management and Windows 10 Pro.  For collaboration, it also includes the ever-popular Skype, SharePoint and Teams.

There are also apps which are designed to deliver a complete set of operational products including Microsoft Connections, a simple email marketing service, Microsoft Listings, to promote the business on sites such as Facebook, Google, Bing, and Yelp, and Microsoft Invoicing, an invoice-creation service.

For added piece of mind, the next edition, Microsoft Business 365, adds the Security Suite which includes device management alongside tools to protect against data leaks, malware and spyware.

It’s a great set of products for many small and medium sized organisations but if more advanced functionality is required, or if you have more than 300 users, the Microsoft 365 Enterprise plans (E3 and E5) are going to be more appropriate.

These build on the Office 365 apps outlined above and add tools such as Yammer, Azure Active Directory and Windows Hello and also provide Identity & Access Management along with robust Data Protection.

Suffice to say, there are many options available and that’s why we always recommend engaging with a Microsoft partner to help scope your project and to ensure that the migration is a success.  So if you would like to discuss further, please get in touch.

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