Microsoft 365 Enterprise

Microsoft 365 Enterprise

by Sherry Kercher

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Publication Date: 2302

Report Type: PRODUCT


Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) is a popular office productivity
suite, featuring access to such office staples as Microsoft Word (for
documents), Excel (for spreadsheets), PowerPoint (for presentations),
Outlook (for e-mail), Teams (for meetings), and SharePoint (for
collaboration). Many special features like advanced analytics and
compliance management are also included. The Microsoft 365 Enterprise
version is intended for large organizations, although
small-to-medium-sized enterprises that need advanced security and
productivity capabilities can also benefit.

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Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) is a popular office productivity
suite, featuring access to such office staples as Microsoft:

  • Word (for documents)
  • Excel (for spreadsheets)
  • PowerPoint (for presentations)
  • Outlook (for e-mail)
  • Teams (for meetings)
  • SharePoint (for collaboration)

See “Features” below for a more complete inventory of offerings.


Name: Microsoft
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052-6399
Phone: (425) 882-8080
Type of Vendor: Operating System and
Application Software Provider
Founded: 1975
Service Areas: Global
Stock Symbol: MSFT (NASDAQ)


Microsoft 365 is available in four primary versions, each serving a
specific user community:

  • Personal and family
  • Business
  • Enterprise
  • Education

Microsoft 365 Enterprise – the subject of this report – is intended for
large organizations, although small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
that need advanced security and productivity capabilities can also


According to the vendor, Microsoft 365 Enterprise consists of:

Local apps and cloud-based apps and
productivity services
– Including both Microsoft 365 apps for
enterprise, the latest Office apps for PC and Mac (such as Word, Excel,
PowerPoint, Outlook, and others), and a full suite of online services for
e-mail, file storage and collaboration, meetings, and more.

Windows 10 Enterprise
Meeting the needs of both large and midsize organizations, it’s the most
secure version of Windows for users. For IT professionals, it also
provides comprehensive deployment, device, and app management.

Device management and advanced
security services
– Including Microsoft Intune, which is a
cloud-based enterprise mobility management service that helps enable a
workforce to be productive while protecting an organization’s data.


Microsoft 365 Enterprise is available in three plans:

E3 – Enables access to
Microsoft 365 core products and features.

E5 – Enables access to the
latest Microsoft 365 products and features, including security and
collaboration tools.

F3 – Helps connect
front-line workers with the purpose-built tools and resources they


Like its Office predecessors, Microsoft 365 is generally held in high
regard. As SoftwareKeep observes, “Microsoft 365 is still the best when it
comes to remote work, workplace productivity, task efficiency,
collaboration, and communication. We believe, and you’ll agree with us,
that in this digital ecosystem, Microsoft 365 is the best office
software suite money can buy.


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Microsoft 365 Enterprise provides a host of applications, ranging from
traditional office favorites, like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, to
advanced analytics, threat protection, and compliance management.

Table 1 offers an overview of the features available in each of the three
enterprise versions, E3, E5, and F3. “I” indicates Included, while “P”
means Partially Included.

Table 1. Microsoft 365 Enterprise Features
Feature E3 E5 F3
Microsoft 365 Apps – Word, Excel, PowerPoint,
OneNote, Publisher (PC only), and Access (PC only)
Email and Calendar – Outlook, Exchange, and Bookings I I I
Meetings and Voice – Teams I I I
Device and App Management – Windows I I P
Social and Intranet – SharePoint, Yammer, Viva
Connections, and Viva Engage
Files and Content – OneDrive, Stream, Sway, List,
Forms, and Visio
Work Management – Planner, Power Apps, Power
Automate, Power Virtual Agents, and To Do
Advanced Analytics – Power BI Pro and Viva Insights P I
Identity and Access Management P I P
Threat Protection P P P
Information Protection P I P
Security Management I I I
Compliance Management P I P

The Poster

Available as a handy reference, Microsoft has prepared a one-page
Microsoft 365 for enterprise poster, which may be downloaded from the
company’s website.

Figure 1. Microsoft 365 for enterprise Poster

Figure 1. Microsoft 365 for enterprise Poster

Source: Microsoft

The poster includes information on the Microsoft 365 productivity
library and Training for Microsoft 365.


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Microsoft offers four different support plans for Microsoft 365
Business and Enterprise users:

Standard Support – Included

Business Assist for Microsoft 365 – $5 user/month

Professional Direct Support for Microsoft 365 – $9

Microsoft Unified – Variable based on product spend

Prospective customers should visit the Microsoft website to identify
the plan most appropriate to their expected usage level, and the
significance of Microsoft 365 Enterprise to their business operations.


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Microsoft offers three different Microsoft 365 Enterprise plans:

Microsoft 365 E3 – $36.00 user/month (annual

Microsoft 365 E5 – $57.00 user/month (annual

Microsoft 365 F3 (formerly F1) – $8.00 user/month
(annual commitment)


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Microsoft has several competitors in the office suite space. As
reviewed by, these alternative packages include:

Google Workspace – “Google
Workspace brings email, chat, files, meetings and your favorite apps
into a people-first experience powered by Google AI.”

WPS Office – “Palo
Alto-based WPS Office Software is a leading office productivity suite
for PC and mobile devices.”

Apache OpenOffice – “Apache
OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word
processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.”

Apple iWork – “Templates
and design tools make it easy to get started. And with real‑time
collaboration, your team can work together, whether they’re on Mac,
iPad, or iPhone, or using a PC.”

LibreOffice – “LibreOffice
is the power-packed … open source personal productivity suite for
Windows, Macintosh and GNU/Linux.”2


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About the Author

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Sherry Kercher is an editor for Faulkner Information
Services. She holds a master’s degree in library and information
science, and tracks and writes about storage, communication networks and
equipment, and Internet technologies.

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