Office 365 through Pro-Networks
Published 17 May 2019

Office 365 comes with a dizzying array of subscription packages for Home, Business, Enterprise, Non-Profit, Government and Education.

Office 2019 is sold as a one-time purchase, which means you pay a single, up-front cost to obtain and use the Microsoft Office suite on one computer. One-time purchases are available for both PCs and Macs. However, there are no upgrade options. This means if you plan to upgrade to the next major release, you'll have to buy it at full price.

With Office 365 you always have the latest features, fixes, and security updates and you have the choice to pay the subscription either monthly or annually.

Office 365 Home Subscriptions

Office 365 for Home represents excellent value for money and comes in two flavours:

Office 365 Personal at £59.99 (Inc VAT) annually provides you with premium office applications for one user (installed versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access and Publisher).

Office 365 Home at £79.99 (Inc VAT) annually is the same as Personal but is shareable with 6 family members.

Both of these come with 1TB OneDrive cloud storage, a 50GB mailbox with ransomware detection and file recovery options.

The Business and Enterprise subscription options are by far the most common solution Pro-Networks provides for its customers.

Office 365 Business Subscriptions

Office 365 Business comes in three flavours as below:

Office 365 Business Essentials at £3.80 + VAT monthly (annual commitment) is simply hosted email (Exchange in the cloud). It comes with web versions of the popular Microsoft Office Application (Word, Excel etc).  Collaboration is achieved through OneDrive, SharePoint and Microsoft Teams (more discussion on these in later posts).

Office 365 Business at £7.90 + VAT monthly (annual commitment) is best thought of as a rented version of Office.  Email services (and collaboration services) are not included in the subscription but Outlook, Word, Excel, PowePoint and Access are, and can be installed on your desktop PC.

Office 365 Premium at £9.40 + VAT monthly (annual commitment) is an installed version of Office on your desktop PC (as per Office 365 Business), along with hosted email and collaboration (as per Office 365 Business Essentials).
Like the Home products above (where applicable) mailboxes have a maximum capacity of 50GB. These accounts are provided with 1TB of cloud storage via OneDrive.

The Office 365 Business Subscriptions are licensed for commercial use.

Office 365 Enterprise Subscriptions

Office 365 Enterprise Subscriptions come with a host of additional benefits. The advantages that a businesses can enjoy are dictated by the type of subscription:

Office 365 E1 at £6.00 + VAT monthly (annual commitment) does not include any installed version of Microsoft Office and is simply cloud-based Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, Yammer and Stream.

Office 365 ProPlus at £11.50 + VAT monthly (annual commitment) provides you with an installed version of Microsoft Office and 1TB of OneDrive storage, but does not include the collaboration tools in the E1 plan above.

Office 365 E3 at £17.60 + VAT monthly (annual commitment) merges the two plans above. Users get an installed version of Microsoft Office (as per the ProPlus plan) and all of the collaboration tools that come with the E1 plan.  

Office 365 E5 at £30.80 + VAT monthly (annual commitment) is the E3 plan above and includes PowerBI Pro.

In future blogs we will  discuss the products and features in more detail including Forms, Flow, Teams, PowerBI and PowerApps.

Pro-Networks can help you migrate to Office 365. If you are already making use of these exciting technologies we can help you get more from your subscription.  Speak with us today to get answers to all of your questions.

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