So which Office 365 for Business version is best for my small business ?


Confused as to which version of Microsoft Office is best suited for you and your small business ?

Use our  quick look guide to the different versions of Office 365 for business available, to help you decide which is the best for your small business.

So what is Office 365 ?

Microsoft Office365 LogoOffice 365 is is a subscription version of Microsoft Office, which offers cloud storage and Skype bundled into the various versions and works on a subscription model, i.e monthly payment terms, either pay as you go, or under a 12 month commitment (a 12 month commitment normally attracts a pricing discount).

Office 2013/2016 in its traditional form (i.e a one off purchase) is still available, however  applications are not automatically updated and to get the latest greatest version, you need to purchase the product again when it is available. None of the cloud based services are available.

Online Only Versions of Office 365

The Office 365 plans that are online only are a great choice for certain business needs, and they are designed to work with the latest version of Office, Office 2013, and Office 2011 for Mac. However you will need an internet connection to access the Office applications online and some functionality may not be available.

It is important to note that previous versions of Office, such as Office 2010 and Office 2007, may work with Office 365 with reduced functionality.

Offline/Desktop Versions of Office 365

Office 365 packages which include the desktop version of the latest Office applications, allow users to install across multiple computers and devices (including PCs, Macs, Android tablets, Android phones, iPad, and iPhone).
The fully installed applications include: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access. (Publisher and Access are available on PC only.) and can be used without an internet connection after they have been installed.
When you have an active Office 365 subscription that includes the desktop version of Office, you always have the most up-to-date version of the applications.

Summary of Office 365 for Business versions

Office 365 – Business Essentials

Online only Business Essentials versions of Office 365 with email and video conferencing

Exchange OnlineOneDrive for BusinessSkype for Business
  • Email with 50 GB mailbox
  • 1 TB file storage and sharing
  • HD video conferencing
  • Office Online – you will need an internet connection to use Office Applications

Office 365 -Business

Full Microsoft Office 365 on PC/Mac with applications for tablets and phones

OutlookWordExcelPowerPointOneNotePublisherOneDrive for Business
  • Fully installed Office applications Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, and OneNote on up to 5 PCs or Macs per user, meaning you can work offline.
    Now includes the new Office 2016 apps for your PC and Mac
  • 1 TB file storage and sharing
  • Office on tablets and phones for the fully installed Office experience on up to 5 tablets and 5 phones per user
  • Online versions of Office available – including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • (Email not included)

Office 365 -Business Premium

All the features of Microsoft Office 365 Business Essentials & Business

Exchange OnlineOutlookWordExcelPowerPointOneNotePublisherOneDrive for BusinessSkype for Business
  • Business class email, calendar, and contacts with a 50 GB inbox per user included
  • Fully installed Office applications Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, and OneNote on up to 5 PCs or Macs per user
    Now includes the new Office 2016 apps for your PC and Mac
  • 1 TB file storage and sharing
  • HD video conferencing
  • Office on tablets and phones for the fully installed Office experience on up to 5 tablets and 5 phones per user
  • Online versions of Office available – including Word, Excel and PowerPoint