What are the differences between Office 365 Business Premium and Office 365 Business Essentials packages

With so many different options for Businesses which is right for you. In this weeks article I shall outline  the difference and pro and cons to each of their options.

Microsoft has a series of Office 365 plans known as the “Business” editions. There are three options within Office 365 Business: Office 365 Business Premium, Office 365 Business, and Office 365 Business Essentials. They contain the most basic Office 365 features. This article will compare the differences between the Office 365 Business versions.

Office 365 Business

Office 365 Business allows you to use programs like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on your desktop computer, but it does not provide you with an email address. It is also the only plan that doesn’t include SharePoint, Skype for Business, Yammer, or Teams, so keep that in mind as well.

Other key features are

  • Monthly updates

    Get the latest features and capabilities with fully installed and always up-to-date versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint for Windows or Mac, OneNote (features vary), and Access and Publisher (PC only).

  • Works across multiple devices

    Get the fully installed Office apps on multiple PCs, Macs, tablets, and mobile devices (including Windows, iOS, and Android).

  • 1 TB secure cloud storage 

    Edit and share documents, photos, and more from anywhere, on all your devices with 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage.

  • Professional digital storytelling

Easily create engaging, interactive, web-based reports, presentations, newsletters, training, and more with Sway.

Office 365 Business Essentials

Host email with a 50 GB mailbox and custom email domain address.

• Create a hub for teamwork to connect your teams with Microsoft


• Access web versions of Office apps: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote (plus Access and Publisher for PC only).

• Store and share files with 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage.

• Host online meetings and video conferencing for up to 250 users.

• Get help anytime with around-the-clock phone and web support from Microsoft.

Office 365 Business Premium

The next level of Office 365 Business Premium offers a few more features than the Essentials plan. It has all the features of Business Essentials, but includes the full Office suite across all devices. Users have access to the services of Business Essentials but also the ability to install Office applications on 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets, and 5 phones. This is the most popular Business Plan choice for small and medium sized businesses, and, like the other Business plans, can be combined with other packages for additional features.

  • Web and mobile versions of Office applications.
  • Email and calendaring.
  • File storage and sharing.
  • Teamwork and communication.
  • Security and compliance.
  • Support and deployment.
  • Desktop versions of Office apps for PC and Mac.
  • Tools to build and manage your business.
  • For mobile users, you can scroll the table to view
Office 365Office 365 EssentialsOffice 365 Premium
Email YesYes
Skype for BusinessYesYes
Office Pro PlusYesYes
Office OnlineYesYes
One Drive for BussinessYesYes

Here are CoRE Educational’s guide to the differences between Office 365 packages. We can add these packages to any new or refurbished hardware you require. Feel free to contact our dedicated Account Manager, Abbygail, on 0330 223 5229 for a personalised quote or email abbygail@coreeducational.org.uk