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Microsoft 365 Business vs. Office 365
May 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft 365 Business vs. Office 365 and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
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"The solution is stable.""Microsoft 365 Business is stable and scalable, and the installation is straightforward as well.""It's simple and easy to use.""The product has good pricing. It's quite inexpensive.""It works as expected.""The feature that I have found most valuable is the ability to work everywhere on every kind of device, because I'm a Mac addict and actually it's quite good on the Mac.""The collaboration is very good.""Sharing screens, even on mobile devices, is great."

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"The most valuable features of Office 365 are Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Teams. Teams helped us to collaborate more through its call and document sharing features.""The way the ERP presents information for the user is very good.""There's a lot there in terms of apps and features.""The most valuable feature of Office 365 is that it has many solutions bundled together.""The most valuable feature is Microsoft Exchange.""It's inexpensive to license.""Adaptable solution with a good interface. It's easy to set up and easy to use.""I like Office 365's usability."

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"The only problem with 365 nowadays is that it expires.""The integration with other platforms could be improved.""In the next release of this solution, there is a need to improve the integration with other platforms.""The online and desktop versions should have the same user experience.""It could be more secure, but we have not really had issues with it in terms of its security.""I am pretty happy with its features. However, it could be cheaper for long-term business use.""The pricing may be a bit high.""The OneDrive part could be more user-friendly, because many people want to use it."

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"It seems like every other week when we log into the administrative portals, it doesn't matter which one, it could be the active directory portal, it could be the exchange admin center or SharePoint admin center, it seems like Microsoft is consistently updating with new versions of the admin centers, which can be frustrating.""I'd like to see them add more features in the future in order to continue to advance the product.""Could include integration with other single sign-on solutions.""It would be a fantastic opportunity if their solution could be used in combination with VoIP software, allowing you to combine VoIP software and Office 365 on a single platform.""The integration with mobile services is not so good. It's coming, but they could improve a lot.""A need that a company like ours has is that we want to be able to have data flow into one tool, for example, for all the management of tasks through the company and workflow of who is doing what and so on. There are no real solutions for this at the moment in Office 365. It would be nice if they could implement this in the next release, so we can have one solution from one company giving us the whole data and flow of data into the company.""Microsoft Defender for Office 365 could use some customization, but this area for improvement is trivial.""In the next release, I would like to have a more intuitive tutorial."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "We do monthly billing, however, I'm not sure what the exact costs are. We may pay around $1,000/month. We started using the Microsoft Teams and we've started doing the conference call feature, so that's another $4 an account and we have a few accounts using that right now."
  • "USD $1,250 annually for the standard package."
  • "Pricing can vary a lot due to fluctuations in exchange rates and that is not favorable for planning."
  • "Now you can select different licenses, for example, if somebody doesn't need all of the features, it would cost $8 USD per month and if they didn't need the email application then it would cost $6 USD per month."
  • "It works out to be $12.50 per user per month."
  • "Microsoft 365 Business will be good to have if you have a large organization where you have more than 3000 employees. Other cheaper solutions, like Gmail, are easily available in the market."
  • "They are always a bit pricey. They should reduce their prices or make it free because we already have other solutions, like Google Suite, which are cheaper or free."
  • "It is expensive, and its price can be better."
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  • "The pricing is high and has actually caused us to limit the number of licenses we purchase due to budgeting."
  • "I think that we pay $9.99 USD per user, monthly."
  • "Most of the time, we purchase Microsoft Exchange licenses, which are less expensive and provide only an email platform and 50 gigabytes of email storage for free."
  • "We have a license to use this solution. We have an E3 license which covers many different solutions."
  • "I would rate the solution 3 out of 5 for the price. I think Microsoft presents a good solution concerning the price."
  • "For the moment, we are paying on a monthly basis because we are still adapting the support and how we want to proceed. I think we will move to paying for the annual license."
  • "Licensing fees are paid on a monthly basis, or we prepay them."
  • "The price of Office 365 is very expensive."
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    Top Answer:An area for improvement would be for Outlook to sync with Google Calendar.
    Top Answer:There's a lot there in terms of apps and features.
    Top Answer:We are using the Enterprise Edition. We pay a yearly subscription fee on a per-user basis. It's reasonably priced.
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    Also Known As
    Microsoft 365 E3, Microsoft 365 E5, Microsoft 365 F1, MS 365 Business
    Microsoft Office 365, Office 365 Enterprise, Office 365 Enterprise E1, Office 365 Enterprise E3, Office 365 Enterprise E5, Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Business, Office 365 Business Essentials, Office 365 Business Premium, Office 365 F1
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    Microsoft 365 Business is an integrated solution, bringing together the best-in-class productivity of Office 365 with advanced security and device management capabilities to help safeguard your business.

    Office 365 is more than just Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. It provides powerful services like business-class email, online storage, and teamwork solutions that you can access from anywhere. Bring teams and resources together with solutions like Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business that make working together more productive and enjoyable regardless of where participants are located. Easily implement security and privacy controls to help protect business data and devices against malicious threats and help you meet your compliance obligations. Automatic updates ensure your employees will always have the latest features and security updates.

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    Sample Customers
    Urban Agriculture Co., The Detroit Wallpaper Co., TransBlue Facility Management, Garner Food Company
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    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Educational Organization6%
    Computer Software Company27%
    Manufacturing Company23%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Venture Capital & Private Equity Firm3%
    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Company Size
    Small Business42%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise40%
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise48%
    Small Business52%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise28%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft 365 Business vs. Office 365
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft 365 Business vs. Office 365 and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    610,045 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Microsoft 365 Business is ranked 5th in Content Collaboration Platforms with 202 reviews while Office 365 is ranked 3rd in Content Collaboration Platforms with 29 reviews. Microsoft 365 Business is rated 8.4, while Office 365 is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Microsoft 365 Business writes "Very stable, great for collaboration, and can scale easily". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Office 365 writes "Great vulnerability insights, offers very impressive cash savings, and offers great information security tools". Microsoft 365 Business is most compared with Microsoft Intune, ManageEngine Desktop Central, Datto Workplace, Jamf Pro and Liferay Digital Experience Platform, whereas Office 365 is most compared with Atlassian Confluence, Amazon WorkDocs, Citrix ShareFile, Box and Workplace by Facebook. See our Microsoft 365 Business vs. Office 365 report.

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