[Microsoft 365 Business Standard] Comparison with Basic/Premium and price summary


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The advent of Microsoft 365, a SaaS-type service that enables the use of various tools provided by Microsoft as groupware, has made it possible to further streamline operations and move to the cloud.

In this article, we will focus on the Business Standard license among Microsoft 365, and introduce the target tools and functions, usage fees, etc.

We also explain the benefits of signing a license agreement with NEC Networks & System Integration, so please refer to it if you are thinking of introducing Microsoft 365 Business Standard.

Overview of Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365 is a SaaS-type cloud service provided by Microsoft, and by signing a license contract, you can use Office apps, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, etc. collectively.

First, let’s take a look at the advantages of Microsoft 365 compared to Office so far and the list of licenses provided for Microsoft 365.

What is the difference from the conventional Office? Benefits of deploying Microsoft 365

The main benefits of deploying Microsoft 365 are:

Centralized management of licenses is possible

In the case of the packaged version of Office, it took a lot of time to take inventory because of the need to reconcile the number of licenses owned and the number of users, and license management for each version.

On the other hand , with Microsoft 365, licenses can be granted and deleted as appropriate when employees join or leave the company, and inventory can be eliminated because the number of employees is equal to the number of licenses.

Also, since the latest version is always available , there is no additional expense associated with unsupported updates.

Manage files on the cloud

Files created with Microsoft 365 tools can be stored and managed in the cloud.

In addition to collaborative editing on the cloud, it is also possible to check the editing history and restore the file before editing.

It also reduces the risk of data corruption and loss, which helps strengthen compliance with the introduction of telework .

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Service can be used from multiple devices

The conventional package version of Office could only be used on 2 units per license, but with Microsoft 365, 1 license can be used on 5 PCs, 5 tablets, and 5 smartphones.

It also includes full editing functions for Office mobile apps, which will help improve mobile work efficiency .

List of licenses for Microsoft 365

Below is a list of key licenses available for Microsoft 365.

plan name Microsoft 365
Apps for Business
Microsoft 365
Business Basic
Microsoft 365
Business Standard
Microsoft 365
Business Premium
Microsoft 365
Apps for Enterprise
Microsoft 365 E3 Microsoft 365 E5 Microsoft 365 F1
Target audience General employee General employee General employee General employee General employee General employee General employee front line worker
User limit 300 people 300 people 300 people 300 people Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Office apps
for Business
add on

Business Standard plan features and available services

Next, we will introduce the main services and features available with the Microsoft 365 Business Standard plan.

Office application

The Business Standard plan includes Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote for the web and desktop versions of Office for Windows and Mac.

A “real-time co-editing function” that allows multiple users to work on the same document at the same time is also available.

cloud service

The main cloud services and features available in the Business Standard plan are as follows.

Exchange Online (email)

  • Email hosting and 50GB mailbox
  • Using your own custom domain (e.g. employeename@companyname.com)
  • Corporate email functions on smartphones, tablets, PCs, and the web
  • Schedule management, sharing available meeting times, scheduling, receiving alarms
  • shared calendar
  • Email settings for new users, recovery of deleted accounts, etc.

The introduction of Exchange Online is expected to improve work efficiency and reduce preparation time for scheduling.

In addition, it will be possible to check and adjust schedules from outside the company, which will help facilitate information sharing.

SharePoint Online (cloud portal for teams)

  • OneDrive cloud storage (1TB) for file storage and sharing
  • Save work files directly to OneDrive or SharePoint
  • Granting access rights necessary for file sharing and link generation
  • Secure document sharing and emailing
  • Sync with Windows or Mac, Mobile
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The introduction of SharePoint Online is expected to improve the efficiency of data sharing inside and outside the company and facilitate collaborative work.

It is also effective for strengthening compliance because it is possible to manage version history and restore files.

Microsoft Teams (voice call, web conference, team collaboration tool)

  • Online meetings and video calls with up to 300 users
  • Chat from multiple devices
  • Manage and collaborate on chats, meetings, files and apps
  • Team site creation for sharing information, content and files
  • Join a conference by phone using a dial-in number (*add-on)
  • Host a webinar

With the introduction of Microsoft Teams, smooth communication can be formed by chatting, sharing files, and holding web conferences in channels for each team.

Microsoft Teams is also effective in reducing the burden of handing over to employees who joined the project midway through.

Other function details

In addition to the above cloud services, the Business Standard plan also includes the following features and support:

Security and compliance Use of Exchange Online Protection / Over 1,000 security and privacy settings / Access control / Automatic password reset / Defender for Business (*add-on)
support Telephone or web support/99.9% uptime guarantee and refund system/License for corporations
Business operation and management Scheduling and daily work planning/Microsoft Lists/Microsoft Forms/Microsoft Visio for the web/Microsoft Bookings

Business Standard is for companies considering introducing telework

With the Business Standard plan, you can use not only the web version but also the desktop version of Office apps, so you can say that you can have a complete environment necessary for your business just by introducing Business Standard.

If you need to improve your IT environment, or if you want to prepare an environment that can support the transition to telework, we recommend a Business Standard contract.

Pricing for Microsoft 365 Business Standard

Next, we will introduce the usage price of the Microsoft 365 Business Standard plan.

In addition, we have summarized the reasons why it is recommended to contract with a sales agent such as NEC Networks & System Integration, rather than a direct contract with Microsoft, so please check it out as well.

Price comparison between official website and agency

The contract price for the Business Standard plan is as follows.

Annual contract / annual payment Monthly contract / monthly payment
microsoft 18,720 yen ¥1,872/month
NEC Networks & System Integration 18,720 yen ¥1,872/month

*Prices are information as of May 2023

Benefits of contracting Microsoft 365 from an agency

In the case of NEC NESIC, in addition to the content of the Business Standard Plan, it is possible to propose combinations with the following solutions and services provided by NEC NESIC, and to provide installation support .

  • Canario (Telephone brokerage service using AI)
  • DocuSign (electronic contract service)
  • eeasy (schedule adjustment tool for business)
  • Neat (device dedicated to remote conferencing)
  • Slido (seminar/event activation tool), etc.
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NEC Networks & System Integration can support a wider range of business efficiency and DX conversion, so please contact us if you are thinking of introducing IT / ICT tools including Microsoft 365 Business Standard.

For more detailed information and usage, please contact NEC Networks & System Integration Corporation.

  • Microsoft 365 is a SaaS-type service that allows you to use all the tools provided by Microsoft
  • The Business Standard plan has a set of functions and services, so it is recommended for companies that need to improve their IT environment for the introduction of telework.
  • NEC Networks & System Integration can also support various solutions and services that can be linked with Microsoft 365 Business Standard.

Please contact NEC Networks & System Integration for more detailed information such as details of the Business Standard plan and fees for other licenses.