What is Microsoft 365 Business Basic? Introducing plan features and main functions


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Microsoft 365 Business Basic is one of the plans of “Microsoft 365” that allows comprehensive use of various cloud services provided by Microsoft.

In this article, we will explain what kind of plan Microsoft 365 Business Basic is, and what services and functions can be used.

What is Microsoft 365 Business Basic

First, let’s take a closer look at what kind of service is “Microsoft 365” and what kind of plan is the “Business Basic” plan.

What is Microsoft 365?

Microsoft 365 is a cloud service for business that allows you to use various applications and tools provided by Microsoft in the form of groupware.

The features and benefits of Microsoft 365 compared to conventional packaged products are as follows.

Centralized management of licenses

  • Since the number of employees = the number of licenses, there is no error between the number of owned licenses and the number of users.
  • Granting and deletion of licenses can be centrally managed according to the joining and leaving of employees
  • You can always use the latest version of the tool (no need to replace or purchase an updated version due to lack of support)

Files can be stored and edited on the cloud

  • Files created within Microsoft 365 services can be managed by cloudware
  • Collaborative editing on the cloud, confirmation of editing history, restoration of files before editing, etc.
  • It is possible to prevent the risk of data corruption and loss and strengthen compliance with the introduction of telework

Can be used simultaneously on multiple devices

  • 1 license can be used on 5 PCs, 5 tablets, and 5 smartphones
  • The full editing function of the mobile app is also included in the license, so full-scale editing from a mobile device is also possible.
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What are the features of the Business Basic plan?

Microsoft 365 Business Basic is a plan for SMEs that can use web-based Office applications and cloud services such as Exchange Online and SharePoint Online.

A plan renamed from Office 365 Business Essential, you can register up to 300 users.

Business Basic differs from other Business licenses in that it does not include the desktop version of Office.

Therefore, it is recommended if you already own a packaged version of Office product and want to use it as it is until the end of support.

Since the license fee is cheaper because it does not include Office apps, it can be said that it is a convenient plan if you are considering introducing or migrating to cloud services.

What services are available with Microsoft 365 Business Basic?

Next, we will introduce a list of the main services and features available with the Microsoft 365 Business Basic plan.

Office application (*Web version only)

With the Business Basic plan, you can use the web versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

You can also use the “real-time co-editing function” that allows multiple users to work on the same document at the same time.

Note that the Business Basic plan does not include desktop versions of Office for Windows and Mac.

cloud service

The main cloud services and functions available with the Business Basic plan are as follows.

What is Exchange Online

Exchange Online is a cloud-based email system provided by Microsoft.

You do not need to build your own mail server, and you can use a multi-functional mail system such as schedule management and security, including the following.

  • 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 Zoom webinar window smaller, other options will move to [ Details ]. There are also new settings for new users, restoration of deleted accounts, etc.

What is SharePoint Online

SharePoint Online is a service that helps facilitate file sharing and information sharing.

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By managing data in the cloud, file confirmation and collaborative editing functions are streamlined, and compliance can be strengthened by managing version history and restoring files.

  • 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

What is Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a communication service with functions such as chat, video conferencing, and file sharing.

By creating a channel for each team, it is a mechanism that enables smooth information sharing and efficient handover.

  • 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 meeting by phone using a dial-in number (*add-on)

Other function details

In addition to the above services, the Business Basic 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

Usage fee/Contract method

From here, let’s take a closer look at the usage fee and contract method for the Microsoft 365 Business Basic plan.

Microsoft 365 Business Basic Plan Pricing

Microsoft 365 licenses can be purchased from Microsoft official or distributors.

The contract fee for the Business Basic plan is as follows.

Official site NEC Networks & System Integration
Annual contract / annual payment 7,800 yen
Annual contract/Monthly payment 650 yen/month (7,800 yen per year)
Monthly contract / monthly payment 780 yen/month (9,360 yen per year)

The charge for the Business Basic plan is basically the same regardless of whether you contract with Microsoft or NEC Networks & System Integration.

NEC Networks & System Integration supports two types of contract methods: annual contract/yearly payment and monthly contract/monthly payment.

It is recommended to use an agency for the license agreement

In addition to Microsoft 365 licenses including Business Basic, NEC Networks & System Integration provides the following solutions and services.

  • Canario (Telephone brokerage service using AI)
  • DocuSign (electronic contract service)
  • eeasy (schedule adjustment tool for business)
  • Neat. (Remote conference dedicated device)
  • slido (seminar/event activation tool), etc.
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We can propose various solutions that are useful for companies’ digitization and DX, so if you are having trouble choosing tools for introducing telework, please contact NEC Networks & System Integration.


  • Microsoft 365 is a subscription service that allows comprehensive use of services provided by Microsoft.
  • Business Basic is a plan with a low license fee that does not include the desktop version of Office, and is recommended for companies considering a transition from the packaged version of Office.
  • If you want to contract Microsoft 365 Business Basic, we recommend sales agents such as NEC Networks & System Integration