Enterprise E3 – Includes the core functions of Office 365 including the full desktop install of Microsoft Office 2016 desktop (Outlook 2016, Word 2016, Excel 2016, PowerPoint 2016, Microsoft Access DB 2016, and Publisher) and Exchange Online (2016) for e-mail. Office 365 E3 also includes Skype for Business, Yammer and 1TB of OneDrive for Business storage.
Enterprise E1 – Same as E3, but does NOT include a full-install of Microsoft Office 2016 Desktop, users with an E1 license can either leverage existing Microsoft office licenses (ie 2007, 2010, 2013) as well as access Microsoft Office Online to open and work with Microsoft Office applications via their browser of choice. E1 users still get full access to Skype for Business, Yammer and 1TB of OneDrive storage.
- E1 is a common entry point for clients who already own older Microsoft Office licenses (thus don’t yet need the full-install of Office 2016) and want to step into Office 365 for Exchange Online and Outlook 2016 for e-mail and other popular Office 365 collaboration and security benefits (Security, Always-on Access, OneDrive for Business, Skype for Business, Yammer and other applications). Such clients can upgrade on a user by user basis to E3 at any time.
Enterprise E5 – Is for power users and includes the core functions of E3, with the addition of advanced phone tools for voice via PBX Cloud and PSTN as well as bundled productivity tools such as Microsoft Power BI Pro, E-discovery and additional advanced security.
Endeavour anticipates that the typical Office 365 installs for mid-sized Canadian clients will entail an initial hybrid mixed deployment of: 65% E1 + 30% E3 + 5% E5 = 100% of employees
Endeavour365 highly recommends the Enterprise version of Office 365 as it provides added flexibility in supporting a mixed hybrid deployment of E1 + E3 + E5 and the flexibility to upgrade or downgrade users as needed. Although SMB plans do not have the same level of flexibility they are a viable option for small business that require 5 to 15 users and no Active Directory integration. Note that the SMB Office 365 Pro Plus bundle does not include e-mail or calendar. The Enterprise Office 365 also provides additional flexibility and cost savings via its centralized Enterprise-class deployment and management tools used by Endeavour365 to accelerate your migration and install.
See the following chart for a side by side Office 365 comparison of Enterprise 1, Enterprise 3, Enterprise 5 and SMB