Microsoft has recently changed the names of it’s Office 365 plans to consolidate the name Microsoft 365.   Some of the name changes seem a little confusing, but the table explains the changes.  In the most part this is just a change of name – the product set included in a licence (and the cost) stays the same.  In the past the title ‘Microsoft 365’ v’s ‘Office 356’ tended to include the inclusion of a Windows 10 licence for the desktop computer.

Microsoft 365 Business Basic formally Office 365 Business Essentials

This includes email, 1Tb of OneDrive space, Microsoft Teams and web based versions of Office apps

Microsoft 365 Business Standard formally Office 365 Business Premium

This includes all the above, but adds in five licences for the desktop version of Microsoft Office per licenced user.

Microsoft 365 Business Premium formally Microsoft 365 Business

This includes the same features as Business Standard but adds Azure Information Protection, advanced threat protections and PC / mobile device management via InTune.

Microsoft 365 Apps formally Office 365 Business

This is just the desktop copy of Office and 1Tb of OneDrive space,  no email or access to Teams.


The basic email only product (Exchange On-Line) and the Enterprise plans remain unchanged.

As before, plans can be mixed and matched within a business to meet the needs of users.  The only real limit being a maximum of 300 licences per product per company.  Westcom has many years of experience providing support for companies looking to make the move over to Office / Microsoft 365 and ensure that cost are kept under control by purchasing the correct types of licences.  Contact us today for more information.

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