Microsoft 365 Business Basic
- Host email with a 50 GB mailbox and custom email domain address.
- Create a hub for teamwork to connect your teams with Microsoft Teams.
- Access web versions of Office apps: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote (plus Access and Publisher for PC only).
- Store and share files with 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage per user.
- Host online meetings and video conferencing for up to 250 users.
- Get help anytime with around-the-clock phone and web support from Microsoft.
Compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 Service Pack 1, and the two most recent versions of macOS. All languages included.
Bring your ideas to life
Work better as a team with better tools. Collaborate in real time with professional email, persistent chat, online storage, and video conferencing tools that are always up to date and help keep your data safe.
Email and calendars
Instant messaging and online meetings
1 TB secure cloud storage per user
Intranet and team sites
Have peace of mind knowing your services are available with a guaranteed 99.9 percent uptime, financially backed service-level agreement.
Security built in
Keep customer data safe with help from cutting-edge, five-layer security and proactive monitoring.
Easy to set up
Deploy and manage Microsoft 365 across your company, no IT expertise required. Add and remove users in minutes.
Here to help
Rely on Microsoft Support for answers with a call or chat, how-to resources, and connections with other Microsoft 365 customers for setup and quick fixes.
|Processor||PC: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster x86- or x64-bit processor with SSE2
OSX: Intel processor
Android: Android KitKat 4.4 or later version and have an ARM-based or Intel x86 processor
|Operating System||PC: Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows 10 Server, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012
Android: OS version: KitKat (4.4.X) or above
iOS: Office for iPad® and iPhone® requires iOS 10.0 or later. Office for iPad Pro™ requires iOS 10.0 or later
|Memory||PC: 1 GB RAM (32-bit); 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
OSX: 4 GB RAM
Android: 1 GB
|Hard Disk||PC: 3 GB of available disk space
OSX: 6 GB HFS+ hard disk format
|Display||PC: 1024 x 768 resolution
OSX: 1280 x 800 resolution
|Additional requirements||A touch-enabled device is required to use any multi-touch functionality. However, all features and functionality are always available by using a keyboard, mouse, or other standard- or accessible-input device. Note that new touch features are optimized for use with Windows 8 or later.
Product functionality and graphics may vary based on your system configuration. Some features may require additional or advanced hardware or server connectivity.
Internet functionality requires an internet connection.
Microsoft account required.
Microsoft 365 (For Business): Compare Plans
|Get first 6 months free with annual commitment.||Includes Microsoft Teams for easy remote working.||Includes Microsoft Teams for easy remote working.||Only includes apps|
|Microsoft 365 Business Basic
(formerly Office 365 Business Essentials)
|Microsoft 365 Business Standard
(formerly Office 365 Business Premium)
|Microsoft 365 Business Premium
(formerly Microsoft 365 Business)
|Microsoft 365 Apps for business
(formerly Office 365 Business)
|Best for businesses that need Microsoft Teams and cloud storage. Desktop versions of Office apps not included.||Best for businesses that need Office apps across devices plus business email, cloud file storage, and online meetings and chat.||Best for businesses that need everything included in Business Standard plus advanced cyberthreat protection and device management.||Best for businesses that need Office apps across devices and cloud file storage. Business email and Microsoft Teams not included.|
|Office apps included
(Web and mobile versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint included.)3
|Office apps included
||Office apps included
||Office apps included
|Microsoft 365 Business Basic||Microsoft 365 Business Standard||Microsoft 365 Business Premium||Microsoft 365 Apps for business|
|Web and mobile versions of Office apps|
|Web versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote||
Plus a web version of Outlook
Plus a web version of Outlook
Plus a web version of Outlook
|Always up-to-date versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote for iOS and Android on up to 5 mobile devices and 5 tablets1||
|Real-time coauthoring so multiple users can work in the same document, simultaneously|
|Email and calendaring|
|Email hosting with 50 GB mailbox|
|Use your own custom domain name (for example, email@example.com)|
|Business-class email on mobile devices, tablets, desktops, and the web with Exchange|
|Manage your calendar, share available meeting times, schedule meetings, and get reminders|
|Schedule meetings and respond to invitations with ease using shared calendars|
|Set up new user emails, restore deleted accounts, create custom scripts, and more from anywhere|
|Teamwork and communication|
|Host online meetings and video calls for up to 250 people with Microsoft Teams2|
|Chat with your team from your desktop or on the go with Microsoft Teams|
|Bring together all your team’s chats, meetings, files, and apps so you can easily connect and collaborate from one place with Microsoft Teams|
|Create team sites to share information, content, and files throughout your intranet using SharePoint|
|File storage and sharing|
|1 TB of OneDrive storage for file storage and sharing|
|Work on a file and save it directly to OneDrive or SharePoint; your changes are updated across your synced devices||
|Share files with external contacts by providing access or guest links|
|Securely share documents and send emails so only those with the right permissions can access the information|
|Access and sync files on PC or Mac and mobile devices|
|Security and compliance||Partially Included|
|Protect your email against spam, malware, and known threats with Exchange Online Protection|
|Meets key international, regional, and industry-specific standards and terms, with more than 1,000 security and privacy controls|
|Control who and when someone has access to your business information with security groups and custom permissions|
|Create password policies that require users to reset their passwords after a specified number of days.|
|Support and deployment|
|Around the clock phone and online support|
|99.9 percent uptime guarantee|
|Maximum number of users||300||300||300||300|
|Licensed for commercial use|
|Desktop versions of Office apps for PC and Mac|
|Fully installed and always up-to-date versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote for Windows or Mac (plus Access and Publisher for PC only)|
|Each user can install the Office apps on up to 5 PCs or Macs1|
|Tools to build and manage your business|
|Plan schedules and daily tasks with Microsoft Teams|
|Make it easier for your customers to schedule and manage appointments with Microsoft Bookings|
|Have real-time, accurate mileage tracking and reporting in the palm of your hand with MileIQ|
|Advanced threat protection|
|Help protect against sophisticated threats hidden in email attachments and links, and get cutting-edge defenses against zero-day threats, ransomware, and other advanced malware attempts with Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection|
|Remotely wipe company data from lost or stolen devices with selective wipe from Intune|
|Restrict the copying or saving of company information to unauthorized apps and locations with app protection for Office mobile apps|
|Control who has access to company information by applying restrictions like do not copy and do not forward with Information Rights Management|
|Apply policies that provide prebreach threat resistance in Windows 10 with Windows Defender Exploit Guard|
|Enforce malware protection to help keep your Windows 10 devices safe from viruses, spyware, and other malicious software with Windows Defender|
|Enable unlimited cloud archive and long-term preservation policies to ensure you never lose an email with Exchange Online Archiving|
|PC and mobile device management|
|Configure security features and settings on Windows 10 PCs and mobile devices running iOS or Android® with an easy-to-use setup wizard|
|Use simplified controls to manage policies applied to Windows 10 PCs|
|Automatically deploy the Office apps to Windows 10 PCs|
|Configure your PCs to automatically install Office and Windows 10 updates|
|Apply security policies to protect business data on all your devices, including iOS, Android®, and Windows PCs with mobile device management from Intune|
|Learn More||Learn More||Learn More|
- Compatible with Windows 10 or later. For complete requirements for PC and Mac
- For HD calling, compatible HD hardware and broadband connection with at least 4 Mbps required.
- This plan works with Office 2019, Office 2016, and Office 2013. Previous versions of Office, such as Office 2010, may work with Microsoft 365 with reduced functionality. This compatibility with Office does not include the Office 365 F3 plans.
How many users does Microsoft 365 Business Basic support?
Microsoft 365 Business Basic supports a maximum of 300 users. If you have more than 300 users or think you will soon, take a look at our other plan options.
What forms of payment can I use?
You can pay with all major credit cards, and your subscription amount will appear on your credit card statement. You have the option to receive an invoice and, depending on your choice of services, you will be billed monthly or annually. You receive an email message when your invoice is ready to be viewed and, if you enter a purchase order (PO) number when you buy your subscription, that number is included in your invoice.
What payment options are available? Can I pay monthly or annually?
You can choose monthly commitment payment or annual commitment payment for Microsoft 365.
- Monthly commitment payment: You pay month by month, and you can cancel at any time.
- Annual commitment payment: You sign up for a one-year subscription and choose to pay month to month or pay for the entire year at the time you sign up. There is a discount for using this payment option.
Can I cancel my subscription at any time?
You can cancel your subscription at any time; you may be entitled to a partial refund.
What happens to my data if I cancel my subscription?
Your data is yours. If you decide to cancel your Microsoft 365 subscription, you can download your data—for example, your email and documents on team sites—and save it to another location. You should save your data before you cancel. After you cancel your subscription, data associated with your Microsoft 365 account will be available to your administrator(s) in a limited function account for 90 days.
Can I switch to other Microsoft 365 plans?
Yes, you can transition your account to a different plan.
In most cases, you can use the switch plans wizard in your Admin Center to upgrade your plan. If your subscription has more than 300 users or if you used a prepaid card to purchase your plan, the switch plans wizard is not available. Plans that are not eligible for the switch plans wizard can be upgraded manually. Learn more about switching Microsoft 365 plans.
NOTE: When you change your account, your domain name is transferred to your new account, whether you brought your own domain name to the Microsoft 365 account or you set up a domain name with Microsoft 365.
What is Microsoft 365?
Microsoft 365 is the productivity cloud designed to help each of us achieve what matters, in our work and life, with best-in-class Office apps, intelligent cloud services, and advanced security.
What happened to Office 365 business plans?
Office 365 business plans are now Microsoft 365 business plans. New name, same great value, same price.
- Office 365 Business Essentials is now Microsoft 365 Business Basic
- Office 365 Business Premium is now Microsoft 365 Business Standard
- Microsoft 365 Business is now Microsoft 365 Business Premium
- Office 365 Business is now Microsoft 365 Apps for Business
Why did you change the name from Office 365 to Microsoft 365?
We changed the name to be more reflective of the range of features and benefits in the subscription. Microsoft 365 includes everything you know in Office 365, including best-in-class Office apps, intelligent cloud services, and advanced security.
Where business plan names have changed, has the price or product changed?
No, there are no price or product changes for small and medium business plans. The same plans are available, only with updated names.
- Pricing and product availability subject to change without notice.