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Microsoft 365 Business Basic vs Standard vs Premium

Formerly known as Office, Microsoft 365 is a family of software that helps businesses to improve productivity and collaboration featuring solid applications, cloud services and security.

There are three main options available to your business – Basic, Standard and Premium.

But with such a choice, which is best for your business?

To help you decide, we have information about the three packages and compare what the differences are. But first, let’s look at the pricing models.

All three packages are available either by monthly subscription, which you can cancel at any time, or via an annual plan that auto renews and offers a discount compared to the former. You can even sign-up for a one-year subscription and choose to pay monthly, so there is plenty of flexibility.

You can choose to have a one month free trial after which you can convert to a paid subscription if you wish, and all settings and files are retained. This is a good option should you wish to see what is on offer without having to commit financially.

Microsoft 365 Business Basic

The entry level business package is priced at £5.88 (excluding VAT) per user/month.

Here is a list of the key features:

Microsoft 365 Business Standard

This mid-tier package is priced at £12.36 (excluding VAT) per user/month.

The increase in price does get you access to a host of additional features over and above the Business Basic package.

Microsoft 365 Business Premium

This top-level package is priced at £21.72 (excluding VAT) per user/month.

For the extra money, you get access to everything in Standard, but the main advantages are the host of enhanced security management features.

In summary:

Business Basic

For commercial use with benefits including 1 TB of cloud storage per user, business-class email ([email protected]), customer management tools, and call, chat, and meeting functionality for up to 300 people with Microsoft Teams.

Business Standard

Business Standard builds on the Basic package by offering desktop versions of its apps (the Basic plan does not provide desktop client apps, meaning Word, Excel, and Outlook cannot be installed on your computer) and support for webinars.

Business Premium

The core advantage of this package is that it adds a cloud-based security solution that enables you to defend your business against advanced cyberthreats with sophisticated phishing and ransomware protection. It helps you safeguard your data, devices and information and you could look at replacing your existing security measures in favour of an all-in-one solution.

There is further information in our blog about Business Premium and the benefits it can bring to your business.

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