What Office 365 business package is right for my business?

By |2019-04-08T15:37:54+13:0022 March, 2019|Blog, Office Technology|

Most medium-to-large businesses will want to use some version of 365’s Business package.  Each comes with 24/7 phone and web support, and is licenced for commercial use up to 300 users; the best version for you will depend on your budget and the way your company works.  Here’s a brief summary of what you can expect from the various Business Packages:

Office 365 Business Essentials

The cheapest option, Business Essentials  offers web-only versions of

Word,  Excel,  Outlook, and  Powerpoint, alongside

  • OneDrive Storage
  • Sharepoint
  • Video conferencing for up to 250 people
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Microsoft Planner

NZ businesses that tend to go with this option are often sole traders or small business owners whose core business involves fieldwork, such as tradespeople. Their use of Office 365 is usually purely to manage their administration rather than deliver a service through the software. Many electricians, builders, hairdressers, designers, retailers, plumbers etc choose to go with this product, especially when they are starting up their business.

Office 365 Business

For businesses needing Office apps plus cloud storage and sharing but not business email, 365 Business provides you with desktop and web versions of Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, and Access, as well as

  • OneDrive Storage
  • Additional OneNote features
  • Single-licence coverage for fully-installed office apps on 5 phones, 5 tablets, and 5 Desktop Computers per user

If you want the option to install full versions of your applications on desktops and laptops in your office then this could be the right solution for you. Our customers who choose this product tend to use these applications as a core part of their day-to-day business activities. So it’s more likely that smaller firms with accountants, lawyers, marketers, engineers, and consultants would opt for this product.

Office 365 Business Premium

If you need the full suite of Office Apps, business email, and other business services, Business Premium is likely your best option. This package offers a range of services – you get desktop and web versions of Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, and Access, as well as

  • Email hosting with 50 Gb mailbox
  • Custom email domain address
  • Access to additional OneNote features
  • Single-licence coverage for fully-installed office apps on 5 phones, 5 tablets, and 5 Desktop Computers per user
  • OneDrive Storage
  • Sharepoint for intranet and team sites
  • Video conferencing for up to 250 people
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Outlook Customer Manager
  • Microsoft Bookings
  • Microsoft Planner

This is definitely the preferred option with our customers. It provides all the features and applications required to make it easier to do your job. Schools, colleges, legal firms, construction companies, and many more medium-to-large businesses tend to choose this solution.

Office 365 Enterprise

For larger businesses where you need more than 300 licenses, the Office 365 Enterprise package with more elaborate features and the potential for greater backend control will likely be the better choice.  Alongside all the features of Business Premium, Enterprise packages include specialised tools for work management, workflow automation, and compliance, as well as additional infrastructure such as phone systems and voicemail integration.

In this blog we’ve aimed to give you a good indication of which package will suit your business best.  But it’s worth bearing in mind that you are not stuck with whatever package you choose.   One great advantage of the subscription model is that at any time if you outgrow your current solution you can scale up or down depending on your needs, rather than having to fork out for an entire new package.

As a Microsoft Silver certified partner, we would be happy to talk through your needs and determine a package that is right for your business.

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