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Microsoft 365 Business Premium vs Office 365 Enterprise E3 Comparison

Microsoft 365 Business Premium Vs Office 365 Enterprise E3? Which one best serves your business needs? In this article you’ll learn the similarities and differences between Office 365 Enterprise E3 and Microsoft 365 Business Premium, so you can make an informed choice.

A Microsoft 365 Business Premium subscription offers an integrated solution that brings together the productivity apps of Microsoft 365 (Office 365) with threat protection, Identity management, device & app management and Information protection, ideal for small and medium-sized business (SMB) with up to 300 users per tenant.

While an Office 365 Enterprise E3 subscription comes the same productivity apps of Microsoft 365 and has no ceiling as to how many user licenses you can purchase for a tenant. However, many of the advanced security features that are included with a Microsoft 365 Business Premium subscription are available as Add-ons, meaning you have to pay extra.

You’ll also learn which of the two subscriptions provides a pathway to a Windows 10 license for each licensed user.

Microsoft 365 Business Premium Cost and Office 365 E3 Cost are also covered.

Microsoft 365 Business Premium Vs E3 – Licensing

Microsoft 365 Business Premium licenses are limited from 1 to 300 users per Tenant. So, if you’re a business with up to 300 users you can purchases Microsoft 365 Business Premium subscription licenses for them.

Office 365 E3 Enterprise licenses are unlimited. So, if have 300+ users, you can purchase as many subscriptions as your business needs.

Microsoft 365 Business Premium Vs E3

If you work with a Microsoft partner who understands Microsoft 365 licensing, you can find out if you can have mix of Microsoft 365 Business Premium licenses and Office 365 E3 licenses in situations where you have users numbering just over the threshold of 300 users.

Microsoft 365 Business Premium Windows 10 License

Each user subscribed to Microsoft 365 Business Premium has upgrade rights to Windows 10 Pro for licensed versions of Windows 7 Pro or Windows 8.1 Pro. Some people look at this as a Microsoft 365 Business Premium Windows 10 free license. So yes if you have a genuine copy of either Windows 7 Pro or Windows 8.1 Pro you are entitled to upgrade your PC to Windows 10 free.

As shown in the comparison table below, E3 Office 365 Subscription doesn’t have this upgrade right to Windows 10.

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Microsoft 365 Business Premium Vs E3 Office 365 Subscription – Comparison Table

Service areaFeatureOffice 365 E3Microsoft 365 Business Premium
Licenses availableMaximum number of usersUnlimited300
Office appsInstall Office on up to 5 PCs/Macs + 5 tablets + 5 smartphones per user (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access), Office OnlineProPlusBusiness
Email & calendarOutlook, Exchange Online100 GB50 GB
Hub for teamworkChat-based workspace, online meetings, and more in Microsoft TeamsYesYes
File storageOneDrive for BusinessUnlimited1 TB per user
Social, video, sitesStream, Yammer, Planner, SharePoint Online1, PowerApps1, Power Automate1YesYes
Business appsScheduling apps – Bookings2YesYes
Business apps – MileIQ2NoYes
Threat protectionMicrosoft Defender for Office 365NoYes
Windows Exploit Guard enforcementNoYes
Identity managementSelf-service password reset for hybrid Azure Active Directory accountsNoYes
Azure Multi-Factor Authentication, conditional access policiesNoYes
Device & app managementMicrosoft Intune, Windows AutoPilot, Windows Pro managementNoYes
Shared computer activationYesYes
Upgrade rights to Windows 10 Pro for Win 7/8.1 ProNoYes
Windows Virtual DesktopNoYes
Information protectionMicrosoft data loss preventionYesYes
Azure Information Protection Plan 1, BitLocker enforcementNoYes
On-premises CAL rightsECAL Suite (Exchange, SharePoint, Skype)YesNo
ComplianceUnlimited email archiving3YesYes
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Feature comparison: Microsoft 365 Business Premium and Office 365 E3

Notes

1 Indicates Microsoft 365 Business Standard has Plan 1 of the functionality and Office 365 E3 has Plan 2.

2 Available in US, UK, Canada.

3 Unlimited archiving when auto-expansion is turned on.

Microsoft 365 Business Premium Features not in Office 365 E3

Microsoft 365 Business Premium features that are not included in Office 365 E3 subscription include:

Microsoft 365 Business Premium Features not in Office 365 E3
Microsoft 365 Business Premium Features that protect your business from risks
  1. Threat protection provided by Microsoft Defender for Office 365 and Windows Exploit Guard enforcement.
  2. Identity management
    • Self-service password reset for hybrid Azure Active Directory accounts.
    • Azure Multi-Factor Authentication, conditional access policies.
  3. Device & app management
    • Microsoft Intune, Windows AutoPilot, Windows Pro management.
    • Windows Virtual Desktop.
  4. Information protection
    • Azure Information Protection Plan 1, BitLocker enforcement

To have these same features listed above, (that come as standard with Microsoft 365 Business Premium) with E3 Office 365 Enterprise, you would need to buy these features as extra, available as add-ons.

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Office 365 Business Premium Vs Microsoft 365 Business Premium

On April 21, 2020 Microsoft changed the following product names.

Formerly Known as:Now Known as: (As of 21st April 2020)
Office 365 Business Essentials –>Microsoft 365 Business Basic
Office 365 Business Premium –>Microsoft 365 Business Standard
Microsoft 365 Business –>Microsoft 365 Business Premium
Office 365 Business –>Microsoft 365 Apps for business
Microsoft 365 Business Plans previous names.

So, Office 365 Business Premium Vs Microsoft 365 Business Premium is essentially: Microsoft 365 Business Standard Vs Microsoft 365 Business Premium

For more details on the comparison between Microsoft 365 Business Standard Vs Microsoft 365 Business Premium please see this comparison table here.

Microsoft 365 Business Premium Cost vs Office 365 E3 cost



Microsoft 365 Business Premium Trial


Office 365 E3 Cost

Microsoft 365 Business Premium Cost

£17.60 user/month
(Annual commitment)
Price does not include VAT.

£15.10 user/month
(Annual commitment)
Price does not include VAT.

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Microsoft 365 Business Standard Plans Microsoft 365 Business Premium

Microsoft 365 Business Standard, Microsoft 365 Business Premium, and Office 365 E3 – Features Comparison Table.

Service areaFeatureMicrosoft 365 Business StandardMicrosoft 365 Business PremiumOffice 365 E3
Licenses availableMaximum number of users300300Unlimited
Office appsInstall Office on up to 5 PCs/Macs + 5 tablets + 5 smartphones per user (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access), Office OnlineBusinessBusinessProPlus
Email & calendarOutlook, Exchange Online50 GB50 GB100 GB
Hub for teamworkChat-based workspace, online meetings, and more in Microsoft TeamsYesYesYes
File storageOneDrive for Business1 TB per user1 TB per userUnlimited
Social, video, sitesStream, Yammer, Planner, SharePoint Online1, PowerApps1, Power Automate1YesYesYes
Business appsScheduling apps – Bookings2YesYesYes
Business apps – MileIQ2YesYesNo
Threat protectionMicrosoft Defender for Office 365NoYesNo
Windows Exploit Guard enforcementNoYesNo
Identity managementSelf-service password reset for hybrid Azure Active Directory accountsNoYesNo
Azure Multi-Factor Authentication, conditional access policiesNoYesNo
Device & app managementMicrosoft Intune, Windows AutoPilot, Windows Pro ManagementNoYesNo
Shared computer activationNoYesYes
Upgrade rights to Windows 10 Pro for Win 7/8.1 Pro licensesNoYesNo
Windows Virtual DesktopNoYesNo
Information protectionMicrosoft data loss preventionNoYesYes
Azure Information Protection Plan 1, BitLocker enforcementNoYesNo
On-premises CAL rightsECAL Suite (Exchange, SharePoint, Skype)NoNoYes
ComplianceUnlimited email archiving3NoYesYes
FOR LATEST FEATURES AND PRICING AT MICROSOFT: click links -> Microsoft 365 Business Standard PlansMicrosoft 365 Business PremiumMicrosoft 365 Enterprise E3 – Buy Now
Microsoft 365 Business Standard, Microsoft 365 Business Premium, and Office 365 E3 – Features Comparison Table.

Notes

1 Indicates Microsoft 365 Business Standard has Plan 1 of the functionality and Office 365 E3 has Plan 2.

2 Available in US, UK, Canada.

3 Unlimited archiving when auto-expansion is turned on.

Microsoft 365 Business Standard, Microsoft 365 for Business Premium, Microsoft 365 E3 and Microsoft 365 E5 – Compare Features:

Service areaFeatureMicrosoft 365 Business StandardMicrosoft 365 Business PremiumMicrosoft 365 E3Microsoft 365 E5
Licenses availableMaximum number of users300300UnlimitedUnlimited
Office appsInstall Office on up to 5 PCs/Macs + 5 tablets + 5 smartphones per user (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access), Office OnlineBusinessBusinessProPlusProPlus
Email & calendarOutlook, Exchange Online50 GB50 GBunlimitedunlimited
Hub for teamworkChat-based workspace, online meetings, and more in Microsoft TeamsYesYesYesYes
File storageOneDrive for Business1 TB per user1 TB per userunlimitedunlimited
Social, video, sitesYammer, SharePoint Online, PlannerYesYesYesYes
StreamYesYesYes
Business appsScheduling apps – Bookings1YesYesYesYes
Business apps – MileIQ1YesYesNoNo
Threat protectionMicrosoft Advanced Threat Analytics, Device Guard, Credential Guard, AppLocker, Enterprise Data ProtectionNoNoYesYes
Microsoft Defender for Office 365NoYesNoYes
Microsoft Defender for EndpointNoNoNoYes
Office 365 Threat IntelligenceNoNoNoYes
Identity managementSelf-service password reset for hybrid Azure Active Directory accounts, Azure MFA, Conditional AccessNoYesYesYes
Azure AD: Cloud App Discovery, Azure AD Connect Health, SSO for more than 10 appsYesYesYesYes
Azure Active Directory Plan 2NoNoNoYes
Device & app managementMicrosoft Intune, Windows AutoPilotNoYesYesYes
Shared computer activation, Windows Virtual DesktopNoYesYesYes
Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, VDANoNoYesYes
Information protectionMicrosoft data loss prevention, Azure Information Protection Plan 1NoYesYesYes
Azure Information Protection Plan 2, Microsoft Cloud App Security, Office 365 Cloud App SecurityNoNoNoYes
On-premises CAL rightsECAL Suite (Exchange, SharePoint, Skype, Windows, Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, Windows Rights Management)NoNoYesYes
ComplianceUnlimited email archiving2NoYesYesYes
Advanced eDiscovery, Customer Lockbox, Advanced Data GovernanceNoNoNoYes
AnalyticsPower BI Pro, MyAnalyticsNoNoNoYes
Insights by MyAnalyticsYesYesYesYes
AssistanceBriefing emailYesYesYesYes
VoicePSTN conferencing, Cloud PBXNoNoNoYes
FOR LATEST FEATURES AND PRICING AT MICROSOFT: click links ->Microsoft 365 Business Standard PlansMicrosoft 365 Business PremiumMicrosoft 365 Enterprise E3 – Buy NowMicrosoft 365 Enterprise E5 – Buy Now
Compare Features: Microsoft 365 Business Standard, Microsoft 365 for Business Premium, Microsoft 365 E3 and Microsoft 365 E5
– Data Source: Microsoft

Notes

1 Available in US, UK, Canada.

2 Unlimited archiving when auto-expansion is turned on.

Microsoft 365 Business Premium Trial

Microsoft 365 Business Standard Plans

Microsoft 365 Business Premium

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Microsoft 365 E3 and Microsoft 365 E5 Trial

Microsoft 365 Enterprise E3 – Buy Now

Microsoft 365 Enterprise E5 – Buy Now

Office client commercial plans

ApplicationsMicrosoft 365 Apps for businessMicrosoft 365 Apps for enterprise
WordYesYes
ExcelYesYes
PowerPointYesYes
OneNoteYesYes
OutlookYesYes
PublisherYesYes
AccessYesYes
Microsoft TeamsYesYes
Premium valueMicrosoft 365 Apps for businessMicrosoft 365 Apps for enterprise
Volume activationNoNo
Group policy1NoYes
Shared computer activationYes7Yes
App telemetryNoYes
Update controls2NoYes
Apply personal retention policies3YesYes5
Access site mailboxes3YesYes5
Access in-place archive folder3,4YesYes5
Spreadsheet compare & inquireNoYes5
Business intelligenceNoYes5
Create IRM3Yes7Yes
Data loss prevention3Yes7Yes5
Cloud valueMicrosoft 365 Apps for businessMicrosoft 365 Apps for enterprise
GroupsYesYes
Office Deployment ToolYesYes
Roaming documents & settingsYesYes
1 TB OneDrive for BusinessYesYes
LicensingMicrosoft 365 Apps for businessMicrosoft 365 Apps for enterprise
Licensing modelPer userPer user
License typeSubscriptionSubscription
PC/Mac installs655
iOS/Android smartphone installs655
Tablet installs655
Office RT commercial rightsYesYes
Office Online/web appsYesYes
Commercial use rightsYesYes
Data Source: Microsoft – Office client commercial plans

Notes

Microsoft 365 Business Premium includes the Microsoft 365 Apps for business client, which has some differences from Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise.

1 Allows the organization to push certain configuration settings (security settings, app settings, Active Directory roaming, and so on) for Office to machines logging on to the corporate network.

2 With Office Standard 2016 and Office Professional Plus 2016, IT has full control of updates using the MSI model. With Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise and Microsoft 365 Apps for business, installation and updates are managed via Click-to-Run.

3 The suites provide different levels of integration with business productivity servers.

4 Archive email from Outlook—no .pst files needed—and set retention policies that automatically archive or delete email. IT admins can centrally manage the In-Place Archive.

5 Requires additional online service(s).

6 Permits local installation via click-to-run of the licensed Microsoft 365 apps included with the service. Does not include rights to install Office 2016 on-premises versions. Office supports PCs and Windows tablets running Windows 7 or higher, and Macs running MAC OS X 10.6 or higher. Office for iPad can be installed on iPads running version 7 or higher.

7 This premium feature is included in Microsoft 365 Business Premium, but not in other Microsoft 365 Apps for business offerings.

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