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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your data is valuable. Power BI is a business analytics tool that lets you visualize your data to help drive business decisions.
Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)
Protect your business from malicious cyber activity targeting your email and other collaboration tools.
Provides your organization mobile device and application management. If any of your employees use their phone for work, you need mobile device management.
Cloud-based access and identity management for internal Microsoft software and thousands of external SaaS applications. Control access to your business-critical information.
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).
Microsoft Defender Antivirus
Cloud-delivered antivirus software that provides real-time threat protection.
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.
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.