Join David Elfassy for an in-depth discussion in this video Flavors of Office 365, part of Office 365: Deployment.
- [Narrator] There are several versions of Office 365, and it can get somewhat confusing to understand which options are going to be best for you. When looking at the various versions of Office 365, you kind of have to look at it as a menu of very configurable suites of products that can be bundled together in different packages. So what Microsoft does is they take a look at all the 20, 30, 40 products that they currently have that can be bundled into Office 365, and they create these customized packages that they think organizations, companies of varying sizes, will be interested to purchase.
So, if I'm looking at my Office 365 portal and I click on Purchasing Services, I'm brought into this page here where I see my current subscriptions and other subscriptions that I can purchase. So if I click on this arrow here, I see that my current subscription is Office 365 Enterprise E3. Now, you'll note that they named their enterprise products E1 through E5, and I'm running on E3. And basically it means that there are various bundled or packaged solutions together into this E3 product.
And I'll show you that a little bit later. But you can get a little glimpse of it by looking below at the logos here. I've got Skype. I've got Sharepoint. I've got Exchange Online, Yammer. So these are the products that I bundled into my E3 subscription. For example, if I go to E5, you'll note that there's another icon here, that little black monitor with the little WiFi or link icons. And those basically mean that there's also a voice integration or a PSTN, Publicly Switched Telephony Network conferencing solution that is bundled into the E5.
That means that you can have audio conferencing that actually connects to a physical phone line. So, you can have physical phone numbers that can connect into your audio conferencing. If I have an E3, which I do, I can do audio conferencing as well, but I don't have physical phone numbers. So that's a slight difference between the two. Now, I can go down this list and look at all the various subscriptions. And you see that all of these subscriptions are on a per-user, per-month basis.
And as you go up into the functionalities, there's more options and more tools that are built-in. And then of course, the cost goes up. Now, I'm based in Canada, so all of these numbers are in Canadian dollars which is why that if you look at the official Microsoft website which is the existing United States pricing, it's slightly different than the pricing I was showing you earlier. Now, this page here on microsoft.com which actually compares all the Office 365 for Business plans is the one that gives you the best view as to what is and is not included.
So again, you have differences in price here. Some of them include Office. Some of them don't. So, for example, the Enterprise E1 does not include the full Office installation. But Office 365 Plus does. Now, there's a slight difference of four dollars per month. The two besides that are pretty similar. If I go on the Office 365 E3 as opposed to the Office 365 ProPlus and E1, there are some differences. But the primary difference has to do with the size of the mailbox, I would say.
The fact that you have an unlimited mailbox size on E3 and above is a really big difference. Now, if I go down below, you will note that the primary difference between Office 365 E5 and E3 is the PSTN conferencing. So, the ability to have that with Skype on specific landlines. Now, there's also Power BI which is included in Office 365 E5.
Now, it doesn't mean that if you have E3 you cannot have Power BI. It just means that typically you have to purchase it separately. But from my point of view, the primary difference with E5 which is a plan that was introduced recently, so it was introduced in 2015, this is a plan that has the audio conferencing features which are much more enhanced and more adapted to the enterprise organization. So, evaluating the appropriate Office 365 edition is going to be a little bit of a challenge initially, but the great thing is that you can always upgrade, modify, go to a different plan.
Now, if I go back to my portal, beyond my enterprise suites of products, there's some products that are more appropriate for smaller businesses: the Business Premium Plus, the Business Essentials, and the Office 365 Business. These are all different, again, suites of products that are going to be adequate for different organizations of varying sizes. I usually work with the Enterprise Suite level of products. And the E3 seems to match the needs of most of my customers.
And some customers are now evaluating E5. Now, if you have some dynamics needs specifically, you'll notice right away that when it comes to dynamics, the costs are much greater. But you can bundle these additionally to your existing suite. You also have other plans. Now, the other plans are for organizations that have some very specific needs. For example, if all you need is just email, that's all you need, just basic web email and POP access, two dollars a month is pretty much all you're going to have to pay per user.
So this is a great functionality for organizations that don't have the advanced or enhanced need of Office 365. I've seen some organizations opt for Exchange Online only which gives you the full functionality of Exchange but does not give you all the other products in Office 365. If you already have Exchange on premises, and you want to enhance that Exchange on premises with an online subscription, you can use, for example, the online protection. Now, EOP, or Exchange Online Protection, is basically an anti-spam solution for a dollar a month per user which actually reduces the likelihood of receiving spam inside your organization.
So it's relatively low cost. Same thing for SharePoint Online. I can add that to an online premise deployment or I can go down the list and add a multitude of Microsoft products to my existing Office 365 subscription in a shop or pay-as-you-go process. Or if I have on premises, I can extend my on premises with a specific Office 365 product.
This course details the process of moving your network to Office 365 by deploying a new Office 365 subscription. David Elfassy covers creating user accounts, adding domains, and configuring email, directories, conferencing, file sharing, and valuable business services such as PowerShell and SharePoint. Watch these tutorials to deploy your own implementation of Office 365 or to see if this technology fits your enterprise needs.
- Using FastTrack to prepare for Office 365
- Creating Office 365 user accounts
- Adding domains
- Configuring Outlook and Skype
- Configuring sharing and shared mailboxes
- Troubleshooting an Office 365 deployment
- Configuring PowerShell
- Creating SharePoint services