Everything You Need To Know About Microsoft 365 Business

Updated: Jan 6


What is Microsoft 365 Business?

Microsoft 365 Business is an integrated solution, bringing together the best-in-class productivity of Office 365 with advanced security and device management capabilities to help safeguard your business.

It is a consolidated offering of Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility & Security (EMS).

Microsoft 365 Business is a comprehensive, cloud-based security solution that lets you:

  • Defend your business against advanced cyber threats with sophisticated phishing and ransomware protection.

  • Control access to sensitive information by using encryption to keep data from being accidentally shared with someone not authorized to see it.

  • Secure the devices that connect to your business and help keep your data on iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac devices secure, and your Windows devices up to date.

  • Microsoft 365 Business is fully integrated with Office 365 to provide you with familiar location for administration, billing, and 24 x 7 support. It consists of enterprise-grade technology built for businesses with less than 300 employees.

Who is Microsoft 365 Business for?

Microsoft 365 Business is for organizations who have these characteristics:

  • Super pro cloud

  • Have 300 users or less

  • ​IT Managers want to do less firefighting and be enabled with tools to manage their IT environment.

  • Users use these devices for work:​

  • Windows 7/8/10 Pro Laptops & Desktops

  • Mac Laptops & Desktops​

  • Android Mobile Phones​

  • iPhones​

  • iPads

  • Organization has a need to archive mailboxes of an unlimited size for an unlimited duration of time.

  • Organization wants to protect their business and users from emails containing malicious attachments, links and impersonations.

  • Organization wants a modern and effective collaboration platform.

  • Organization wants to enable single-sign-on for devices and applications.

  • Organization wants to enforce multi-factor authentication for accessing emails and documents.

  • Organization wants to enable users to carry out self-service password reset.

  • Organization has no on-prem Active Directory OR Organization has an on-prem Active Directory with AD Connect installed.

What's included in Microsoft 365 Business?

A common question I get is: With Microsoft 365 Business, do I still need to purchase the Windows 10 license when I purchase a new computer?

Well, the answer is: Yes!

Microsoft 365 gives you the rights to upgrade from Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 Pro to Windows 10 Business. So, your existing computers must already be installed with Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 Pro before you can upgrade to Windows 10 Business with Microsoft 365.

The diagram below shows the capabilities that come with Microsoft 365 Business. I have categorized them into five pillars – Productivity, Security, Device Management, Data Insights and Modern Business Apps. The importance of each pillar varies from organization to organization. Depending on your organization’s needs, you may enable the capabilities accordingly.

As you enable each capability, it is crucial to consider your end users’ experience and plan for a smooth adoption journey. Gill Technologies provides Office 365 Workshops and End User Adoption Services to help organizations develop their Office 365 road map and guide them through the implementations.

Let’s take a look at the full list of features that come with Microsoft 365 Business...

  1. Get Office apps on 5 tablets and 5 phones

  • Office apps include: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook

  1. Get Office apps that you can install on your desktop and access from the web

  • Office apps include: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher (PC only) and Access (PC only

  1. Get 1TB of personal files storage per licensed user

  • Microsoft Product: OneDrive for Business

  1. Get enterprise-grade email (50GB), calendar and contact

  • Microsoft Product: Exchange Online

  1. Get the ability to make online meetings (instant messaging, audio & video chat & conferencing)

  • Microsoft Product: Skype for Business Online

  1. Get a chat-based workspace and collaboration hub that contains all your conversations, files, documents, meetings and ideas, basically everything that's related to a project can be found together in one place.

  1. Get an online appointment scheduling tool which you can embed anywhere - on your website, social media, email, etc.

  • Microsoft Product: Microsoft Bookings

  1. Protect your business from phishing attacks, unsafe attachments & suspicious links.

  1. Protect your business from sophisticated malware.

  • Microsoft Product: Windows Defender Exploit Guard

  1. Prevent sensitive information from being printed, forwarded, or copied by unauthorized people.

  • Microsoft Product: Azure Information Protection

  1. Protect your company data on BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Devices) mobile devices

  • Microsoft Product: M365 Admin Center, Intune

  1. Get Preservation, Compliance & Archiving capabilities with continuous data backup that is accessible anytime and anywhere.

  • Microsoft Product: Data Loss Prevention, Exchange Online Archiving

  1. Securely manage iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS devices

  • Microsoft Product: M365 Admin Center, Intune

  1. Enjoy the ease of self-service PC deployment

  • Microsoft Product: Windows AutoPilot

  1. Get simplified controls to manage Windows 10 PCs

  • Microsoft Product: M365 Admin Center, Windows 10 Business

  1. Enjoy auto-installation of Office Apps on Windows 10 PCs

  • Microsoft Product: M365 Admin Center, Intune

  1. Enjoy always up-to-date Office + Windows 10

  • Microsoft Product: M365 Admin Center, Intune

  1. Get upgraded to Windows 10 Business from Windows 7, 8 or and 8.1 Pro.

  • Microsoft Product: Windows 10 Business

  1. Manage and protect identities with multi-factor authentication, self-service password reset and conditional access

  • Microsoft Product: Azure Active Directory

  1. Get Windows Virtual Desktop & Office Shared Computer Activation capabilities

  • Microsoft Product: Windows 10 Business​

How much is Microsoft 365 Business?

Microsoft 365 Business is retailing at S$28 per user per month (billed annually and paid directly to Microsoft).

Microsoft 365 Business is also available from Gill Technologies at the following rates:

S$20.72 per user per month (promo rate billed annually)

S$25.96 per user per month (billed annually)

S$26.46 per user per month (billed monthly)

Can I do a trial of Microsoft 365 Business?

Yes! We provide a 14-day trial of Microsoft 365 Business. Contact us to start your trial.

Gill Technologies is a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP), helping clients navigate the digital transformation landscape and gain competitive advantage through Innovative Software Solutions and Managed Services using Microsoft Office 365, Azure, Intune, System Center Suite, Power BI, Application Modernization, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Chatbots.

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