Microsoft Office E1 vs E3 vs E5

Microsoft Office 365 comes in three different flavours for the Enterprise: E1, E3, and E5.  With each successive level, you get more – but what is included, exactly?

In writing this comparison, I did a lot of research. The result was more than just this article: I also created a tool that can generate a recommendation for you based on your response to a short questionnaire.  It will generate a score for each of the seven different versions of Office 365, plus provide a few other things to think about. You can try it out here.

Microsoft Office E1

O365 E1 is the “lightest” version of O365 for the Enterprise.  It includes Email and Calendars via Microsoft Exchange; Workplace Social with Yammer, Video Sharing, and Sharepoint sites.  You also can IM and hold online meetings with Skype for Business.  You get access to OneDrive for Business too, with very healthy storage limits.  Finally, all your users can edit their documents with Office Online, the browser version of Microsoft Office.

Microsoft Office E3

O365 E3 includes everything you get in E1 with two attractive additions: 1) access to the Office Client Apps (the “offline” Microsoft Office programs you’re probably used to using like Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint…) and 2) document management functions like archiving, rights management, data loss prevention, and document-level encryption.

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Microsoft Office E5

O365 E5 is the super-powered version of Office, and is available for a small increase in cost.  You get everything in E3, plus a few more goodies.  This includes additional security features and access to Microsoft’s Business Intelligence tools, which allow you to analyze all of the data floating around in your Microsoft Office environment. In addition, Skype for Business gets a boost with integrations/replacements for your more traditional phone system.

Comparison of Microsoft Office E1, E3, and E5

Here’s a breakdown of key Office features, and which plans include each feature:

Feature Office E1 Office E3 Office E5
Email and Calendar Included Included Included
Skype for Business – IM, Voice, Video Chat Included Included Included
Yammer, Video, Sharepoint Included Included Included
OneDrive for Business, Delve Included Included Included
Microsoft Office Apps Online Included Included Included
Office Client/Desktop Apps Included Included
Power BI Pro License Included
Skype Integrations with Telephone System Included
Security & Backup Features Exchange Online Protection, Archive, eDiscovery + Data Loss Prevention, Rights Management + Advanced Threat Protection, Customer Lockbox

 

Which one is right for you?

Before I get into this section, please allow me to plug my recommendation tool for Office 365. Based on your budget and desired features, it outputs a personalized recommendation. It might also suggest one of the less expensive “Business” versions of Office 365 – so try it out. Choosing the version of Office 365 Enterprise that’s right for you is pretty simple for most companies: If you want access to the Office applications on your computer, and to not have to edit documents in your internet browser, then you need E3 or E5.  And you only really need E5 if you want a Power BI Pro license or you want Skype to make phone calls. If you still can’t decide, look at the “Security and Backup Features” row in the table above and check out the various increases in functionality. There’s a little more to it than that (see the Office 365 page for more) but those are the basics.

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