Multinational corporations and large enterprises have for years been conducting business on a global scale. These operations require a broad array of devices and software to function smoothly, and significant resources are invested to support and maintain them. That’s why they employ teams of IT experts – in data centres, hardware, networking, security, software, support, training and more.
But what if your business is too small and employing IT specialists is too costly?
Then Microsoft 365 Business is the solution you need. Designed specifically for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), it modernises the workspace and provides best-in-class productivity, administration and security tools.
What's more, with Australia's new Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) Scheme in effect, now is a good time to review your data protection measures. Crucially, Microsoft 365 Business includes tools that help with the four key steps to NDB compliance: discovery, management, protection and reporting.
Here's a summary of everything else you need to know about Microsoft 365 Business.
What is Microsoft 365 Business?
Microsoft 365 Business is an integrated security, management and productivity solution designed for SMBs. It keeps things simple by bringing together in one package the best of Microsoft’s apps, tools and capabilities.
Specifically, Microsoft 365 Business is Office 365 with added security and device management features that are usually only found in enterprise-grade solutions. This creates a truly modern workplace experience while allowing employees to work whenever, wherever and however they want. This includes the ability to use Office applications, and protect work files, on Android and iOS devices.
What does Microsoft 365 Business require?
According to Microsoft, Windows 7 Professional PCs “likely meet the minimum requirements” for Microsoft 365 Business. However, if you’re not running Windows 10 Professional you won’t receive its full productivity and security benefits. That’s a powerful motivator to equip as many of your systems as possible with the newer OS, especially if you’ve got more modern PC hardware.
What's the difference between Office 365 Premium and
Microsoft 365 Business?
|Office 365 Business Premium||Microsoft 365 Business
|Office Applications||Office on 5 tablets and 5 phones||✔||✔|
|Fully installed and web versions of Office apps||✔||✔|
|File & document viewing & editing||1 TB file storage and sharing||✔||✔|
|Collaboration services||Business class email (50GB), calendar, and contacts||✔||✔|
|Online meetings (IM, audio and HD video chat/conferencing)||✔||✔|
|Microsoft teams chat-based workspace||✔||✔|
|Business applications||Outlook Customers manager, Bookings, MileIQ, Connections. Listings, Invoicing||✔||✔|
|Device management||Single console to manage user and device settings||✔|
|Self-service PC deployment with Windows AutoPilot||✔|
|Automatically deploy Office apps to Windows AutoPilot||✔|
|Guaranteed 99.9% uptime, with a financially backed service level agreement (SLA)||✔|
|Security||Protect company data across devices||✔|
|Secure access to documents on mobile devices||✔|
|Protect Windows 10 devices against malware, viruses, and spyware with Windows Defender||✔|
|Max number of users||Up to 300||✔||✔|
"Our research reveals a sweet spot for a comprehensive solution for SMBs, which can fuel their business growth, and tailor security capabilities to safeguard company and customer data," Microsoft general manager for digital workplace and collaboration Ian Heard said.
"Small business owners are excellent operators, often dealing with tight margins and even tighter timelines. As such, Microsoft 365 Business is a practical answer to a growing demand for digital excellence in the workplace, without the need for an expert IT manager to support it."