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Matt Scherocman

NEW Microsoft Office 365 E5 Plan

NEW Microsoft Office 365 E5 Plan

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Microsoft has added a new a new premium Office 365 Enterprise suite plan– E5It will deliver the most comprehensive set of productivity, collaboration, analytics, security and compliance capabilities of any Office 365 plan. Also, Microsoft has added new feature value in E1 and E3 with Skype Meeting Broadcast added into E1, and DLP and Encryption extended across workloads (SfB and SPO) for E3.  

What is E5? 


The new advanced feature value of security, analytics and new cloud voice and PSTN conferencing capabilities has been reserved for E5Let’s briefly breakdown the features below. For a more detailed look at E5 and all of the new aspects of the Enterprise plans, contact us here.





Includes Predictive eDiscovery, Secure Attachments/URLs with Advanced Threat Protection and Access Control.

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Comparing Office 365 E1 Plan vs. the Core CAL

Things that are included in the E1 plan that are not in the Core CAL:

  • Skype for Business Enterprise CAL functionality is included.  This enables unlimited audio, video, and web conferencing.
  • Yammer is designed for social collaboration and is popular for millennials which will be beneficial to help the organization collaborate.
  • OneDrive gives unlimited storage per user and the ability to protect data on laptops, on the go, and sync data from multiple devices.
  • Office Online is a lightweight version of Office available via any modern browser – great for quickly editing documents from anywhere.
  • Office Video is your organization’s own internal video channel. Share the latest news from your management, a video on your latest product, or demonstrate weaknesses in your competitor’s product.


Benefits of leveraging the cloud for deployment:

The E plan components can either be run in the cloud, on premise, or a hybrid between the two.  So, fundamentally the E1 plan provides the cloud infrastructure as an option to the purchaser. 

  • Servers, storage, server licenses, power, cooling, etc. are offered by Microsoft in their data centers included in the pricing of E1.
  • All future cloud upgrades done by Microsoft. Automatically!
  • Global redundancy - now you have a built in disaster recovery plan.
  • Pre-integrated functionality, i.e. Lync is federated and mobile out of the box. Saves a ton of time and effort.
  • Easy to add functionality like encrypting outgoing mail for your executives which can be added for $2 a month and be up in running in minutes.
  • Mail filtering is included with a 100% Service Level on malware.  Microsoft promises not to let viruses through.

What is included in the Core CAL that is not in E1? 

Fundamentally the Core CAL is a license and is typically sold with maintenance from Microsoft called Software Assurance.  The license portion is good perpetually and clients are entitled to the last version Microsoft published under their maintenance period.  Therefore, a client can stop paying maintenance and legally continue to run the software.  The subscription model of E1 is different.  It does not include any perpetual licensing rights and rights to run the software will terminate when the agreement ends. Clients who move to the cloud on an Enterprise Agreement can transition back to legacy on premises licensing at an anniversary date if they desire.  Check with us or a licensing specialist for details and restrictions. 

Cloud Return on Investment

Is all of that worth extra money a year to your organization? We can help you figure that out. We are happy to run an ROI calculation using your data! Some quick thoughts on where savings can be found:

  • Admin savings – a low estimate around $20k per year
  • Hardware / maintenance costs - $10k per year, higher for redundant configurations
  • Storage costs – reuse expensive fast disk for other workloads - totally get rid of email archives
  • Mail filtering software – approximately $10 per user per year
  • Data protection - An executive’s laptop is stolen, but not their data because of OneDrive
  • Backups – reuse existing disk / tape, remove agents from maintenance
  • Server licensing costs if workload is deployed in the cloud.  For example, SharePoint would require a SharePoint server license, a Windows Server license, and SQL licensing
  • An email system that stays up and running even in the event of a natural disaster – priceless!

If you would like to learn more about your options as you consider your Enterprise Agreement renewal, we would be happy to walk you through your options and how to get the most out of your Microsoft licensing! Give us a call at 800-900-1150 or contact us here.

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What are the differences between Office 365 Business Plans and Enterprise Plans?

To say that Office 365 gives you plenty of options, would be an understatement. In today’s blog we’ll take a look at what options are available for Businesses and what some of the differences are. First, let’s take a look at what options you have:

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Can you mix and match the options? The short answer is yes, however, for the best answer possible give us a call and we can talk you through what options make the most sense and why. For examples, some users can even take advantage of a light weight account called a Kiosk plan which could be even cheaper.

Are there differences in support?

Yes, a key difference in the plans centers around 24/7 Support. The Enterprise plans cover all issues; however, the Business plans only cover: Critical Issues.

Let’s take a look at how Microsoft defines critical issues. Only your organization can decide if not having phone coverage is worth it or not for high level issues. That single user could be the owner / CEO.

Severity Level

Operations and Support Description


Sev A (Critical)

One or more services aren’t accessible or are unusable. Production, operations, or deployment deadlines are severely affected, or there will be a severe impact on production or profitability. Multiple users or services are affected.

  • Widespread problems sending or receiving mail.
  • SharePoint site down.
  • All users can’t send instant messages, join or schedule Lync Meetings, or make Lync calls.

Sev B (High)

The service is usable but in an impaired fashion. The situation has moderate business impact and can be dealt with during business hours. A single user, customer, or service is partially affected.

  • One user can’t access email.
  • One user or admin can’t access SharePoint site.
  • Several users can’t send instant messages, join or schedule Lync Meetings, or make Lync calls.

Is Office Any Different?

Yes, the version of Office in the business plans does not include Access or some of the pre-installed components to make items like data loss prevention and rights management work.

I have terminal server in my environment, does that matter?

Enterprise Plans support a terminal server environment whereas the Business plans do not support a terminal services environment.

Are there any hidden gotchas?

Hybrid configurations and On-Premises are supported in the Enterprise plans only. Business plans do not support either the hybrid or On-Premise options. So, users of the Business plans would only be allowed to deploy the technology in the cloud.

Keep these differences in mind as you plan out your cloud strategy and what plans make the most sense for your company. For a more comprehensive listing of additional support offerings that are offered with the Business Plans please see the link here. Or drop us a line to discuss your options!

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