What is Microsoft 365 business?

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Microsoft 365 business plans come with a selection of Office apps and extra features depending on your level of subscription, such as email with your own custom domain name, access to Microsoft Teams, and advanced security protection. Business plans can accommodate up to 300 users, and if you require more, you can opt for an Enterprise plan for an unlimited number of users.

Microsoft 365 Business Basic (formerly Office 365 Business Essentials) includes cloud services and web and mobile versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint along with Microsoft Teams, 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage, SharePoint and more.

Microsoft 365 Business Standard (formerly Office 365 Business Premium) adds the desktop versions of Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Microsoft Access.

Microsoft 365 Business Premium (formerly Microsoft 365 Business) includes everything in standard, plus advanced security features.

Microsoft 365 Apps for business (formerly Office 365 Business) only has OneDrive along with the premium desktop apps.

Microsoft 365 business Office apps


With Outlook on your PC, Mac or mobile device you can compose, send, receive and manage your email, create contacts, schedule meetings and manage tasks.


Word is a word processor used to create letters, resumes, documents, contracts and more. You can access your documents from any device and work with other people at the same time.


Excel allows users to organize, format and calculate data with formulas using a spreadsheet system. You can access workbooks from any device and work with other people at the same time.


PowerPoint is most often used for business and school presentations to create a slide show of text, images, art and videos. You can access and deliver presentations from any device and work with other people at the same time.


Publisher is a simple yet versatile desktop publishing program with features for page layout and design for creating flyers, brochures, cards, newsletters and more.


Microsoft Access is a relational database management system, included in Microsoft 365 Business Standard, Business Premium and Apps for business plans. It provides a quick and easy way to develop databases and is particularly well suited for individuals and small business.

Microsoft 365 business services


Exchange is your hosted email for business. Each user subscription has its own mailbox. Folders and messages in these mailboxes reside on a computer running Exchange Server at a Microsoft data centre.


OneDrive is a Microsoft cloud storage service that lets you store your files in one place, share them with others, and get to them from any device connected to the Internet.


SharePoint is used to store, organise and share documents and data in centralised, password-protected spaces and for creating business applications that do away with sharing spreadsheets and desktop databases.


With Microsoft Teams, you can easily host or join online meetings, collaborate with your team and share files and messages.


Intune helps organisations manage the devices employees use to access company data and the apps they use, such as email.

Azure Information Protection

Azure Information Protection helps secure email, documents and sensitive data that you share outside your company.