Microsoft 365 Business Premium vs Enterprise

Is Microsoft 365 Enterprise worth the extra money or can you settle with Microsoft 365 Business Premium? With a price difference of $12 per user per month is it worth taking a closer look at the differences between the two.

The Microsoft 365 bundles are known for combining the best of Microsoft for an attractive price. But the different plans make it a puzzle to find the best plan for your organization. In this article, I will explain the major differences between Microsoft 365 Business vs Enterprise to help you pick the best plan for your organization.

Office 365 is becoming Microsoft 365. The names of some Office 365 plans will change to Microsoft 365 after April 21, 2020. This article is updated accordingly. Read more about it here

Microsoft 365 Business Premium was formally know as Microsoft 365 Business

The basics

First, if you want to know more about Microsoft 365 and how it compares to Office 365 you should read this article.

So let’s talk about Microsoft 365 Business Premium vs Enterprise. The basic difference between the two is on the Office and Windows front and the user count. With both, you get all the Office apps for both desktops and online. Nothing special here.

Then Windows 10, with Microsoft 365 Business Premium you get an upgrade license for Windows 10 Pro. So that means you will need to have a valid Windows 7 or 8 license to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. Now keep in mind that every new computer you buy these days as already a Windows 10 pro license.

With the Enterprise plans you get a license for Windows 10 Enterprise E3 or E5.

The Microsoft 365 Business Premium plan is limited to 300 users. If Business Premium is sufficient for your organisation you can actually buy 300 Business licenses and extend it with Enterprise E3 licenses if you need more.

Microsoft 365 Business vs Enterprise

Standard Services (Onedrive, SharePoint and Exchange)

Just like with Office 365 Business and Enterprise that are some differences in the standard services. The Business plan comes with some extra apps specially for small Businesses (Invoicing, Bookings, Outlook Customer Manager etc).

But there are also some difference between the Onedrive, Sharepoint and Exchange plans.


With Microsoft 365 Enterprise you get Onedrive Plan 2. This includes all benefits from Onedrive Plan 1, but add with the difference of Unlimited storage instead of 1Tb. It also offers Advanced data-loss prevention and In-place hold to preserve documents.


The same goes for SharePoint, plan 2, that is included in the Enterprise plan, comes with In-place hold, advanced DLP features and enhanced search features. Not real big deal makers, but I have to say, In-place hold is really useful if your organisation is involved in a lot of legal cases or has to provide warranty or support on projects over many years.


The difference with Exchange is in line with the other two. With Plan 2 you get more store (100Gb mailbox + unlimited In-place archive), advanced DLP features and in-place hold.

Threat Protection

We will find the most difference when it comes to threat protection. Microsoft 365 is focused on manageability of your devices and keeping control of your data. Microsoft 365 Business comes only with the Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), where the Enterprise E3 plans have a lot more to offer:

  • Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA)
  • Device Guard
  • Credential Guard
  • App Locker
  • Enterprise Data Protection
  • Azure Active Directory – Conditional Access


Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection is a cloud-based email filtering service. It basically scans your email and detects unknown malware, viruses or harmful links. It comes with advanced reports and URL tracing to give us insight into the attacks that are coming in through email.

ATP, Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics, is the more advanced protection platform. It is capable of detecting targeted cyber-attacks. It basically scans all your network traffic for information gathering to find abnormal behaviour, malicious attacks and security risks. If you want to know more about ATA, you should take a look at these services description.

On-Premise CAL Rights

On other big difference and for some really important, is the on-premise CAL rights. With the Microsoft 365 Enterprise plans you get the ECAL suite. This give your the access rights to run the following servers locally:

  • Exchange
  • SharePoint
  • Skype
  • Windows
  • SCCM
  • Windows Rights Management


Microsoft 365 Enterprise (E3) cost $12.- per user per month more than the Business Premium plan. In my opinion, the real value is in the additional security features that you get. Keeping your data safe is a never-ending task. We always need to upgrade our security measures to keep viruses (ransomware) out and protect our network against targeted attacks.

Microsoft 365 Enterprise gives you the tools to do this. And an important part of securing your network is keeping it up to date. So I think it’s worth the extra $ 12,- if you have the budget for it.

Comparison chart Microsoft 365 Business Premium vs Enterprise

 Microsoft 365 Business PremiumMicrosoft 365 Enterprise E3
 Starting at
$20.00 user/month
Starting at
$32.00 user/month
Included itemsMore infoMore info
Core Details
Price user/month (annual commitment)$20.00$32.00
Seat Cap300Unlimited
Office Apps
Install Office on 5 Devices
Office Online
Excel Power Query and Power Pivot 
Use Office on Remote Desktop 
Standard Services
Onedrive Storage1 TBUnlimited
ExchangePlan 1Plan 2
Exchange Online Mailbox storage50GB100GB
Exchange Online Archive Storage50GBUnlimited
SharePointPlan 1Plan 2
Business Apps
StreamPlan 1
Outlook Customer Manager
Microsoft Listings
Microsoft Bookings
Microsoft Invoicing
Insights by MyAnalytics
MyAnalytics (Full)
Advanced Services
Active Directory Intergration
Azure Rights Management
Mobile Device Management for Office 365
Licensed for hybrid deployment
Support for shared computer activation
Compliance – In-place hold, Data-loss prevention, in-place archive
More infoMore info


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2 thoughts on “Microsoft 365 Business Premium vs Enterprise”

  1. Shared computer Activation is now enabled on Microsoft 365.
    And probably worth noting it includes conditional access now as well.
    Both pretty huge additions.

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