In this video, Sharon provides a high-level overview of Microsoft 365. She discusses the three plans, and outlines the best use case for each plan.
- Microsoft 365 was announced in July of 2017 and it bundles three of Microsoft's most popular online services together. Microsoft 365 provides the following solutions. A productivity solution, an email and calendaring solution, includes file storage, and when you use Microsoft 365, you can protect your data on company and personal devices, anti-virus, anti-malware and spyware protection are included, you'll receive the safest and be able to apply a consistent operating system across all of your PC systems, you can automate new PC deployment, you can manage all of your devices and it includes a 99.9% SLA, or service level agreement.
And all of this is accomplished by using a combination of Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility plus Security, the three pillars of Microsoft 365. We'll be diving into each of these pillars as we move through this course. But before we start exploring the very service that are available with Microsoft 365, we should discuss the three plans that are available to you.
We'll start off with Microsoft 365 Business. This plan includes Office 365 Business, Windows 10 Pro upgrade rights, and Enterprise Mobility plus Security. This plan is designed for SMBs or small medium businesses up to 300 users to have little to no IT support and do not use Window server active directory. The next plan is Microsoft 365 and it includes Office 365 Enterprise, Windows 10 Enterprise, and again, Enterprise Mobility plus Security.
And there are two plans that you can choose from within the Enterprise plan itself. There is the E3 or the E5 version. The E5 version is if you want to use a Cloud PBX. It also includes advanced security features. As always, you'll want to refer to the Microsoft documentation to closely evaluate the differences between these two plans. The Enterprise plan is geared toward companies with more than 300 users and that have dedicated IT support at their fingertips. And our last plan is Microsoft 365 Education, which was announced at Microsoft Ignite in 2017.
This version includes Office 365 Education, Windows 10 Education, Enterprise Mobility plus Security and as a bonus, the Education plan also comes with Minecraft. The Education plan also comes in two flavors. There is the free version or the E5 version, which is paid for. Again, differences being the paid plan includes more security features. The Education plan allows for unlimited users, as long as they are full or part-time faculty, staff or a student and a valid school email address is required.
Microsoft 365 is a great option to manage your users, data, devices and applications as well as provide communication and collaboration among your users no matter where they are.