omparing the Office 365 Enterprise Plans: E3 vs E4

Microsoft Office 365 provides a powerful option for any business that wants to move forward with an all-inclusive office software platform. The enterprise plans are a step above those offered at the small business level, providing business analytics, data and information security, more internal networking options, and greater possibilities for a diverse workforce.

The Office 365 enterprise plans as a whole boasts that they have, “Integrated collaboration services with advanced compliance features and full IT power.” With the full Office suite across devices and accessible online, advanced data protection and legal services, and flexible IT with greater control over automation, the claim that Microsoft makes is quite justified.

Take a look at what the two top plans have to offer.

Office 365 Enterprise E3 vs E4

The top plans that Microsoft has offered look very similar on the surface, and that is honestly because they are. Here is a quick rundown of the features that you will find in both:

  • Full Office suite for PC and Mac, installed on up to 5 computers per user, 5 tablets per user, and 5 phones per user. All users also have access to the full suite online.
  • Skype for Business with video conferencing and instant messaging (for Mac users, Lync is provided since Skype for Business is not yet available).
  • Business-level email accounts with 50 GB of storage, an unlimited inbox, and an upper limit on attachments of 150 MB.
  • OneDrive storage for business with 1 TB of storage per user.
  • Intranet site services and corporate social-networking support.
  • Digital storytelling and presentation with Sway.
  • A corporate video portal for uploading and sharing videos, as well as web meeting broadcasting options.
  • Application management via Sharepoint.
  • Powerful new tools for searching content in 365 using Graph or Delve, and new Excel tools Power Pivot and Power Query.
  • Compliance and information protection for rights management, data loss prevention, and encryption.

What is the Difference?

The price, for one. E3 is $20 per user per month, and E4 is $22. When it comes down to it, though, the E3and E4 plans are very similar. Both include all of the features listed above, and even more if you look at the detailed specifications. The E3 plan specifically touts information and data protection over E4, but it is actually included in both. The difference comes down to one inclusion in the E4 plan.

E4 includes the option for Enterprise Private Branch Exchange via Skype for Business. What this essentially means is that with E4 your business can have a unified communication system with on site enterprise voice and PSTN access.

The E4 plan will no longer be available as of June 30, 2016. If E4 is the plan for you, be sure to take advantage of it while you can! Not sure?

Please contact us and we will help you narrow down your needs so you can be positive you are making the right choice.

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