What is Microsoft 365 For Business?

Microsoft 365, formerly Office 365, is Microsoft’s solution for business productivity, communication, collaboration, and security. With a Microsoft 365 subscription, your business will receive access to Microsoft’s Office applications, powerful cloud services, device management, and an array of essential security features.

The needs of business are evolving. Today’s businesses must now be able to effectively work remotely, while maintaining an appropriate level of security. Microsoft 365 was created to help small to medium-sized businesses address these needs.

Related: 3 Benefits of Using Microsoft 365 For Business

Microsoft 365 For Business Plans & Pricing

There are multiple tiers of Microsoft 365 subscriptions to suit the diverse needs of different businesses. Below are the various Microsoft 365 subscriptions available with their pricing:

Microsoft 365 plans and pricingSource: Microsoft

We often recommend Microsoft 365 Business Premium.  Previously, you had to pay $40 per user/ per month, between multiple Microsoft products to get the same level of functionality as Business Premium. Now, you are getting Office apps, e-mail, instant messaging & video conferencing, file storage & collaboration, device management, and an excellent level of baseline security features in one $20 per user/per month subscription.

Tools & Features Included with Microsoft 365 Business Premium

These are the main tools we think are the most relevant to most small to medium-sized organizations.

Productivity & Collaboration Tools 

Office Applications – Word, Excel, PowerPoint

The productivity tools you know.

Word Learning Resources

Excel Learning Resources

PowerPoint Learning Resources

Accessing Online Version of Office Applications

Outlook & Exchange

Outlook & Exchange provides business-class email and calendar in one place. Microsoft can host your email in their cloud, or you can run it on your own servers.

Outlook Quick Start Guide

Outlook Tips & Tricks

What Are Exchange Email Services?

OneDrive & SharePoint

Store and access your business’s documents from anywhere, on any device. Changes to documents are saved in real-time, allowing you to effectively collaborate on files with your team.

Learn SharePoint in 30 Minutes

SharePoint Quick Start Guide

OneDrive Quick Start Guide

How SharePoint Can Benefit Your Business

Teams

Keep in-touch with your team using instant messaging and video conferencing. Purchase the Business Voice add-on to turn Teams into a robust VoIP phone system.

How to Join a Teams Meeting

Teams Quick Start Guide

Pros & Cons of Microsoft 365 Business Voice (Teams VoIP)

Power BI

Your data is valuable. Power BI is a business analytics tool that lets you visualize your data to help drive business decisions.

What is Power BI?

Getting Started with Power BI

Learn Power BI

Security Tools 

Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)

Protect your business from malicious cyber activity targeting your email and other collaboration tools.

What is ATP and Why You Need It

Intune

Provides your organization mobile device and application management. If any of your employees use their phone for work, you need mobile device management.

Dangers of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD)

What is Microsoft Intune?

Azure AD

Cloud-based access and identity management for internal Microsoft software and thousands of external SaaS applications. Control access to your business-critical information.

Azure AD Learning Resources

Azure Information Protection

Classify and control sensitive information. Allows you to prevent specified information from being improperly saved and shared (e.g. prevent certain documents from being forwarded or printed).

What is Azure Information Protection?

Microsoft Defender Antivirus

Cloud-delivered antivirus software that provides real-time threat protection.

Learn more about Microsoft Defender Antivirus

Autopilot

Simple to use device set-up and pre-configuration. Easily enroll new devices in your security software and automatically adjust device settings to comply with business security policies.

Overview of Windows Autopilot

With Microsoft 365 Business Premium you also get access to:

Considering Getting Microsoft 365 For Your Business? 

At Aldridge, we deliver Microsoft 365 implementation projects on time and on budget. We can help you determine your IT needs and implement Microsoft 365 to suit those unique needs.

Click here to view our IT projects page and request a Microsoft 365 project consultation.