Microsoft 365 and Office 365 platform service description
Microsoft 365 and Office 365 are available in a variety of plans to best meet the needs of your organization. If you're looking for the differences between the plans, including Exchange Online plans, this article will show you which features are included in each of them.
Microsoft 365 and Office 365 deliver the power of cloud productivity to businesses of all sizes, helping save time, money, and free up valued resources. The Microsoft 365 and Office 365 plans combine the familiar Microsoft Office desktop suite with cloud-based versions of Microsoft's next-generation communications and collaboration services (including Office for the web, Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft Teams, and Microsoft SharePoint Online) to help users be productive from virtually anywhere through the Internet.
Microsoft 365 and Office 365 plans
Microsoft 365 and Office 365 are available in a variety of plans to best meet the needs of your organization. For information about different plans, including standalone options and information on moving from one plan to another, see Microsoft 365 and Office 365 plan options.
For detailed plan information on subscriptions that enable users for Microsoft 365 and Office 365 platform, see the full subscription comparison table.
For a detailed list of available service descriptions, see Microsoft 365 and Office 365 service descriptions.
For information on Office 365 Education plans, start with the Office 365 Education plans page.
For information on Office 365 US Government plans, start with the Office 365 US Government page.
For information on Office 365 operated by 21Vianet, start with the Office 365 operated by 21Vianet page.
For organizations that qualify for Microsoft 365 and Office 365 plans for nonprofits, these plans include the same features as the corresponding business plans (for example, Office 365 E5 for nonprofits includes the same features as Office 365 E5). The only difference between the equivalent plans is the price you pay. For more information about Microsoft 365 and Office 365 plans for nonprofits, see Compare Microsoft 365 and Office 365 offers for nonprofits, and Productivity solutions for nonprofits.
For specific information about pricing and features in the plans for various business types, see the following pages:
Business: Compare Microsoft 365 Business Plans
Education: Compare Office 365 Education Plans
Microsoft 365 Nonprofit: Compare Microsoft 365 and Office 365 Plans for nonprofits
Several of the Microsoft 365 for business plans have add-ons that you can buy for your subscription. An add-on provides additional functionality to the subscription. For more information, see Buy or manage add-ons.
Features available across all plans
The following features are available to Microsoft 365 Business (Basic, Standard, Premium), Office 365 E1/E3/E5, Office 365 Enterprise F3, and Microsoft 365 E3/E5/F1/F3.
|Microsoft 365 administration||Microsoft 365 admin center or Windows PowerShell|
|Microsoft 365 suite features||Microsoft Graph API, Microsoft Planner, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft 365 Groups, Microsoft Search|
|User account management||Directory Sync tool Bulk upload Using .csv files Exchange simple (cutover) migration Multiple administrator roles available and Manage security groups from Microsoft 365|
|Domains||Add custom 2nd-level and 3rd-level domains like fourthcoffee.com and marketing.fourthcoffee.com Add up to 900 custom domains DNS records managed by Office 365 (full redelegation) DNS records managed at your DNS hosting provider (partial redelegation) Use name.onmicrosoft.com domain or a custom domain name for email addresses and Microsoft Teams Use name.sharepoint.com for your team site Host a public website with a different provider and use a different provider for email and IM Domain ownership verification required for custom domains Automated domain purchase and domain verification available for domains purchased through Go Daddy|
|Service health and continuity||Status information is available on the Service health or Service status page Status of individual alerts available on the Microsoft 365 admin center dashboard|
|Reports||IM and audio sessions, Video and audio/video conferences Application sharing and file transfer sessions Browser used and Operating system used Create your own reports using Microsoft 365 reporting web services|
|Service updates||Regular updates provided to all customers Option to turn on Targeted release Notifications sent to Message Center when action is required Roadmap.office.com for some service updates|
|Help and training||Community, Online help, other self-help resources, and self-paced training|
|Networking||IPv4 and IPv6 protocols|
|Trust||Privacy, security, and transparency|
|Compliance||SAS 70 / SSAE16 Assessments and ISO 27001 certified FISMA Authority to Operate, EU Model Clauses and EU Safe Harbor HIPAA-Business Associate Agreement and Microsoft Data Processing Agreement|
|Partners||Create trial invitations and purchase orders for a customer who is using the specified plan Provide delegated administration Service Level Agreement Product use rights|
|BlackBerry||Use BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) -- not available for Microsoft 365 F1|
Feature availability across some plans
The following table lists the major Microsoft 365 and Office 365 features available to some plans (certain caveats apply -- see the footnotes for further information – this table may change without notice).
|Microsoft 365 suite features||Microsoft 365 Business Basic and Standard||Microsoft 365 Business Premium||Office 365 E1||Microsoft 365 E3 and Office 365 E3||Microsoft 365 E5 and Office 365 E5||Microsoft 365 F1||Microsoft 365 F3 and Office 365 Enterprise F3|
|Microsoft Bookings||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes (F3 only)|
|Microsoft Briefing email1||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No2||Yes|
|Power Automate for Microsoft 365||Yes||Yes||Yes3||Yes||Yes||No||Yes3|
|Viva Insights Personal insights4||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Power Apps for Microsoft 365||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Microsoft Project for the web5||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|User account management||Microsoft 365 Business Basic and Standard||Microsoft 365 Business Premium||Office 365 E1||Microsoft 365 E3 and Office 365 E3||Microsoft 365 E5 and Office 365 E5||Microsoft 365 F1||Microsoft 365 F3 and Office 365 Enterprise F3|
|Cloud identity, Federated identity, or Multi-factor authentication8||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Office 365 desktop setup||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Delete accounts and reset user passwords from Microsoft 365 or using Windows PowerShell9||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Users can change their own password10||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Reports||Microsoft 365 Business Basic and Standard||Microsoft 365 Business Premium||Office 365 E1||Microsoft 365 E3 and Office 365 E3||Microsoft 365 E5 and Office 365 E5||Microsoft 365 F1||Microsoft 365 F3 and Office 365 Enterprise F3|
|Active and inactive mailboxes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No2||Yes|
|New and deleted mailboxes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No2||Yes|
|New and deleted groups||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No2||Yes|
|Types of mailbox connections||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No2||Yes|
|Sent and received mail||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No2||Yes|
|Top senders and recipients||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No2||Yes|
|Top malware for mail||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No2||Yes|
|Rule matches for mail||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No2||Yes|
|Top rule matches for mail||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No2||Yes|
|Downloadable mail protection reports||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No2||Yes|
|Top DLP policy matches for mail||No||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No3||No|
|DLP policy matches by severity for mail||No||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No4||No|
|DLP policy matches, overrides, and false positives for mail||No||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No5||No|
|Top DLP rule matches for mail||No||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No6||No|
|Application sharing, web, and dial-in conferences12||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Trust||Microsoft 365 Business Basic and Standard||Microsoft 365 Business Premium||Office 365 E1||Microsoft 365 E3 and Office 365 E3||Microsoft 365 E5 and Office 365 E5||Microsoft 365 F1||Microsoft 365 F3 and Office 365 Enterprise F3|
|Office 365 Cloud App Security||No||No||No||No||Yes||No||No|
|Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps13 Discovery||No||Yes||Yes (M365 F3 only)||Yes (M365 E3 only)||Yes||Yes||Yes (M365 F3 only)|
|Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps13||No||No||No||No||Yes (M365 E5 only)||No||No|
|Microsoft Defender for Office 365||No||Yes14||No||No||Yes||No||No|
|Microsoft Secure Score17||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Office 365 Threat Intelligence18||No||No||No||No||Yes||No||No|
1 The Briefing email is provided automatically to all users of Exchange Online. For more information, see Configure Briefing email. 2 Microsoft 365 F1 includes the Exchange Kiosk service plan to enable Teams calendar only. It does not include mailbox rights. 3 Cloud flows only. 4 Premium personal insights and experiences, manager and leader insights and experiences, and custom analysis tools and accelerators available with the Viva Insights or Viva suite add on license. 5 Users are provided view-only access to Project for the web. These rights are restricted for use only with the Project for the web application and only for tenants that have a Project Plan 1, Project Plan 3, or Project Plan 5 license. These rights do not grant access to Power Platform applications or other data sets, Project Online desktop client, or Project Online. For feature details, see Microsoft Project service description. 6 In Office 365 Enterprise F3, Microsoft Stream is limited to viewing only (no publishing or sharing). 7 Microsoft Sway is not currently available for customers in certain geographies. Some legacy Office 365 plans that are no longer in market as of August 2015 may also not have access to Microsoft Sway. 8 Review multi factor authentication capabilities across plans. 9 If using directory synchronization with a local Active Directory, you must delete accounts or change passwords by using the local Active Directory, rather than the Microsoft 365 portal by using the Azure Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell. 10 Review the SSPR capabilities across plans. 11 Reducing seats that were purchased with a term discount may be subject to an early termination fee. This is not applicable for subscriptions paid on a monthly basis. 12 Available beginning March 1, 2022, via a no cost “Microsoft Teams Audio Conferencing with dial-out to USA/CAN” license that includes unlimited toll dial in, 60 minutes/user/month dial out to phone numbers in the US and Canada, and Operator Connect Conferencing. 13 Formerly named Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS). 14 Includes Microsoft Defender for Office 365 P1. 15 Advanced eDiscovery is supported in the United States and in the Western Europe (Netherlands) region. (Customer data from Canada and Asia Pacific is exported to the United States. Customer data from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa is exported to Western Europe [Netherlands]). 16 Audit in Microsoft 365 provides organizations with visibility into many types of audited activities across different services in Microsoft 365. Use the Microsoft 365 guidance for security & compliance audit log search to view user and administrator activity in your organization. You can also use the Office 365 Management Activity API to retrieve events from the unified audit log. When an audited activity is performed by a user or admin, an audit record is generated and stored in the audit log for the customer organization. The length of time that an audit record is retained (and searchable in the audit log) depends on the customer's Office 365 or Microsoft 365 Enterprise subscription and the type of the license assigned to specific users. 17 Available at the Microsoft Secure Score security page. Requires admin permissions. For more information, see Microsoft Secure Score. 18 Office 365 Threat Intelligence is now Microsoft Defender for Office 365 Plan 2, along with additional threat protection capabilities. To learn more, see Microsoft Defender for Office 365 plans and pricing and the Microsoft Defender for Office 365 Service Description.
For more information about Microsoft 365 and Office 365 plans, refer the following resources:
System requirements: For system requirements for Microsoft 365 and Office 365, the monthly subscription-based services available for business, education, and government organizations, see System requirements for Microsoft 365 and Office resources. To review the support timelines, go to the Microsoft 365 and Office system requirements matrix.
Security & Compliance Center: For information about the Security & Compliance Center and links to additional information and availability, see Security & Compliance Center.
Data storage location: To learn where your data is stored, see Where your customer data is stored.
Multi-Geo capabilities: Multi-Geo enables a single organization to span multiple Office 365 data center geographies, and gives you the ability to store data for Exchange Online and OneDrive for Business, at-rest, on a per-user basis, in your chosen geography. Available Geographies: Asia Pacific, Australia, Canada, European Union, India, Japan, Korea, United Kingdom, United States. To learn more, see Introducing Multi-Geo in Office 365.
Messaging: To stay informed of upcoming changes, including new and changed features, planned maintenance, or other important announcements, visit the Message Center. For more information, see Message center.
Licensing terms: For licensing terms and conditions for products and services purchased through Microsoft Commercial Volume Licensing Programs, see the Product Terms site. To learn about volume licensing, see Licensing Terms and Documentation.
Accessibility: Microsoft remains committed to the security of your data and the accessibility of our services. For more information, see the Microsoft Trust Center and the Office Accessibility Center.
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