Work across your devices to create, edit, and share your Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote files online. Anytime, anywhere.
Simplify how you work together
Store, sync, and share your files online so they’re always up to date. Plus, you can edit documents with others in real time.
Easy setup and management
you can set up users easily and start using the services fast. And Office 365 takes care of IT for you.
Office 365 Business Essentials includes:
Familiar Office tools
Office on tablets and phones
Create, access and edit files on the go with a fully-installed Office experience across iOS®, Android™ and Windows phones and tablets with screen sizes of 10.1” or less. Each user can install Office mobile apps on 5 tablets and 5 phones.
Email and calendars
Use business-class email through a rich and familiar Outlook experience you can access from your desktop or from a web browser. Get a 50 GB mailbox per user and send attachments up to 150 MB. Learn more
File storage and sharing
OneDrive for Business gives each user 1 TB of personal cloud storage that can be accessed from anywhere. Easily share documents with others inside and outside your organization and control who can see and edit each file. Learn more
Host online meetings with audio and video using one-click screen sharing and HD video conferencing. Learn more
Instant messaging and Skype connectivity
Communicate using messaging, voice calls, and video calls, and let people know your availability with your online status. Share presence, messaging, and audio calling with Skype users. Learn more
Hub for teamwork
Connect your teams with Microsoft Teams in Office 365, where chat, content, people, and tools live together, so your teams have instant access to everything they need. Learn more
Corporate social network
Yammer collaboration software and business applications allow your employees to connect with the right people, share information across teams, and organize around projects so they can go further, faster. Learn more
Enable easy access and sharing of documents with 1 TB baseline storage plus 500 MB of storage per user. Learn more
Create and edit Word, OneNote, PowerPoint, and Excel documents from a browser. Learn more
Planner makes it easy for your team to create new plans, organize and assign tasks, share files, chat about what you’re working on, and get updates on progress. Learn more
Professional digital storytelling
With Sway, a new Office 365 app, you can easily create engaging, interactive web-based reports, presentations, newsletters, trainings and more—right from your phone, tablet, or browser. Sways are easy to share and look great on any screen. Learn more
Intelligent search and discovery
Unlock creativity in your organization with search across Office 365 based on personalized insights. Discover content and expertise with the power of the Microsoft Graph, using your connection and collaboration patterns. Access intelligent search across a range of experiences, including SharePoint, Delve and Office applications. Learn more
Communication and work management
Microsoft Kaizala makes it easy to connect and coordinate with your Firstline workers, partners, and customers – wherever they are – using a simple-to-use chat interface. Learn more
Build automated workflows between apps and services to get notifications, synchronize files, collect data, and more with Microsoft Flow – no coding required. Learn more
Web and mobile app development
Quickly build and publish custom business apps for web and mobile with PowerApps. Choose from templates or start from scratch to extend your business data – no coding required. Learn more
All Office 365 for business plans include:
Get peace of mind knowing your services are available with a guaranteed 99.9% uptime, financially backed service level agreement (SLA).
Cutting-edge security practices with five layers of security and proactive monitoring help keep customer data safe. Learn more
Your data is yours. We safeguard it and protect your privacy. Learn more
Deploy and manage Office 365 across your company, no IT expertise required. You can add and remove users in minutes.
Up to date
No need to pay for version upgrades; updates are included in your subscription. New features are rolled out to Office 365 customers regularly.
Active Directory integration
Manage user credentials and permissions. Single sign-on and synchronization with Active Directory.
Microsoft Support provides telephone and online answers, how-to-resources and connections with other Office 365 customers for setup and quick fixes. Learn more
Office 365 customer success service
Microsoft FastTrack for Office 365
Microsoft FastTrack for Office 365 is our customer success service designed to help you move
to Office 365 smoothly and with confidence, and realize business value faster.
Discover what's possible, plan for successful rollouts, and enable new users and capabilities
at your own pace. Access best practices, tools, resources, and experts committed
to make your experience with Office 365 a success.
FastTrack resources and services are included with Office 365 Business Essentials for customers
with at least 50 seats.
How many users does Office 365 Business Essentials support?
Office 365 Business Essentials supports a maximum of 300 users. If you have more than 300 users or think you will soon, take
a look at our
other plan options.
Will Office 365 Business Essentials work with my copy of Office?
Office 365 Business Essentials works best with the latest version of Office, Office 2013, and Office 2011 for Mac. Previous
versions of Office, such as Office 2010 and Office 2007, may work
with Office 365 with reduced functionality. You do not need a desktop
version of Office to use Office 365 Business Essentials. However,
you will receive a much richer experience and be able to work offline
if you do connect a desktop version of Office to the Office 365 services.
What forms of payment can I use?
You can pay with all major credit cards, and your subscription amount will appear on your credit card statement.
What payment options are available? Can I pay monthly or annually?
You can choose monthly commitment payment or annual commitment payment for Office 365 Business Essentials.
Monthly commitment payment: You pay month by month, and you can cancel at any
Annual commitment payment: You sign up for a one-year subscription, but you
can choose to pay month to month or pay for the entire
year at the time you sign up. There is a discount
for using this payment option.
Can I cancel my subscription at any time?
You can cancel your subscription at any time. Office 365 Business Essentials subscriptions are available for monthly commitment
payment or annual commitment payment. For monthly commitment
subscriptions, there is no penalty for canceling your contract
at any time. Annual commitment subscriptions that are paid
month to month may incur some penalties if canceled early.
Annual commitment subscriptions that are paid up front do
not receive a refund if canceled prior to the full contract
period. Read the complete
Microsoft Online Subscription Agreement.
What happens to my data if I cancel my subscription?
Your data is yours. If you decide to cancel your Office 365 subscription,
you can download your data—for example, your email and documents
on team sites—and save it to another location. You should
save your data before you cancel. After you cancel your subscription,
data associated with your Office 365 account will be available
to your administrator(s) in a limited function account for
Can I switch to other Office 365 plans?
Yes. If you need to upgrade, you can transition your account to a
different plan. For example, you can upgrade from an Office
365 Business plan to an Office 365 Enterprise plan.
In most cases, you can use the Switch plans wizard in your Admin center to upgrade your plan. If your subscription has more
than 300 users or if you used a prepaid card to purchase
your plan, the Switch plans wizard is not available. Plans
that are not eligible for the Switch plans wizard can be
upgraded manually. Learn more about
upgrading Office 365 plans.
NOTE: When you upgrade your account, your domain name is transferred
to your new account, whether you brought your own domain
name to the Office 365 account or you set up a domain name
with Office 365.
Can I mix and match different Office 365 plans?
Yes, you can mix and match Office 365 plans. Please note that there
are some license limitations at the plan level. The Office
365 Business, Business Essentials, and Business Premium plans
each have a limit of 300 users, while the Enterprise plans
are for an unlimited number of users. For example, you can
purchase 300 Business Premium seats, 300 Business Essentials
seats, and 500 Enterprise E3 seats on a single tenant.
I will need extra help setting up Office 365. Who can help?
Microsoft experts are trained IT and development companies that can help you move to Office 365 or develop custom solutions
for your business. You can find a listing of all of our Microsoft
What is the cloud?
“The cloud” is a friendly way of describing web-based computing services
that are hosted outside of your organization. When you use
cloud-based services, your IT infrastructure resides off
your property (off-premises), and is maintained by a third
party (hosted), instead of residing on a server at your home
or business (on-premises) that you maintain. With Office
365, for example, information storage, computation, and software
are located and managed remotely on servers owned by Microsoft.
Many services you use every day are a part of the cloud—everything
from web-based email to mobile banking and online photo storage.
Because this infrastructure is located online or “in the
cloud,” you can access it virtually anywhere, from a desktop,
PC or Mac, laptop, tablet, smartphone, or other device with
an Internet connection.
What is Microsoft FastTrack?
Microsoft FastTrack for Office 365 is the customer success service
that helps you move to Office 365, smoothly and with confidence,
and deliver business value faster.
The FastTrack Center is a team of hundreds of engineers around the
globe, committed to providing IT professionals and partners
with a successful Office 365 experience.
Our FastTrack Engineers will provide you with remote and personalized
assistance to help you prepare your technical environment
and ensure a smooth onboarding and migration experience.
The FastTrack Center will contact eligible customers within 30 days
of purchasing Office 365. FastTrack resources and services
are included in Office 365 for customers with at least 50
seats of Office 365 Business and Enterprise plans, as well
as tablets with screen sizes of 10.1” or less., and Nonprofit plans.
What happened to the Office 365 Small Business plan?
Office 365 Small Business has been renamed Office 365 Business Essentials.
Office 365 Business Essentials includes all the features
of the Office 365 Small Business plan, plus additions and
improvements. For example, Active Directory has been added
to Office 365 Business Essentials and the maximum number
of users has been increased from 25 to 300.