Microsoft 365 Licenses Detailed Content

Microsoft 365 Licenses Detailed Content


Microsoft 365 licensing is a full time job, we can all agree on this one. Microsoft’s documentation is not crystal clear about what is included in plans & bundles.

Microsoft 365 Licenses Detailed Content

EMS, Office 365, Windows 10, Microsoft 365, F1, F3, E1, E3, E5, Business, Business Premium, Education, A1, A3, A5, etc… Microsoft got a lot of different names and functionalities based on those names. Hereunder a quick overview.

  • EMS: Enterprise Mobility Security
    • AzureAD Premium
    • Conditional Access
    • Group based licensing
    • Azure Information Protection
    • Intune
  • Office 365: Productivity suite.
    • Microsoft App for Enterprise (Office 365 Pro Plus)
    • Exchange Online
    • SharePoint Online
    • OneDrive for Business
    • Teams
    • Yammer
    • Planner, etc…
  • Microsoft 365 is a combination of Office 365, Windows 10 & EMS.
  • F1, F3, E1, E3, E5, A1, A3, A5 are type & levels
    • F for front line workers
    • E for enterprise
    • A for education
    • 1 is the lower end and 5 is top tier
  • Enterprise details
    • E1 is generally for people that don’t work all day on a computer
    • E3 is generally for people that work all day on a computer with Office productivity suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc…)
    • E5 include telephony & security features

You can also mix bundles and add-ons to have better control over the features you benefit and the associated costs. Usually, from 2 add-ons ofa bundle, it’s more cost effective to buy the bundle, it’s not always true, but that’s generally the case.

Aaron Dinnage made a very great job to be lot more thorough, he built a Visio file, a very detailed Visio files about Microsoft 365 licensing.

You can find the files on his GitHub repository. This is a very great job, Aaron built Visio, PDF, PowerPoint, PNG files with a great load of details.

The content is updated on a regular basis, the change log can be found here. As of today, the last update was in May 2020.

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