Microsoft 365 Enterprise Licensing Resources

Microsoft 365 Enterprise was renamed from Secure Productive Enterprise in August 2017. There are some helpful licensing resources: an at-a-glance document and overview/FAQ document, but most usefully a Licensing Brief where you’ll find an overview of the products in Microsoft 365 Enterprise, the types of User SL available, as well as licensing scenarios and FAQs.

Find all of these documents here:

Microsoft 365 F1

Microsoft 365 is all about making it easy to license users for Windows 10, Office 365 and EMS with a single user subscription licence. There’s now a new member of the family – Microsoft 365 F1 which is aimed at “firstline” workers, the two billion people in roles that make them the first point of contact between a company and the world it serves. If these type of workers are new to you then this infographic might be interesting:

Microsoft 365 F1 gives access to Office 365 F1, Windows 10 Enterprise E3 and relevant security and management components of EMS. Find a comparison chart of Office 365 F1 and Microsoft 365 F1 at the bottom of the announcement page here:

There’s also an FAQ here: which has some useful licensing questions starting at question 17.

Microsoft 365 Education

Microsoft announce Microsoft 365 Education. This will be available from 1st October 2017 and will include Windows 10, Office 365, EMS and Minecraft: Education Edition. As with its commercial counterpart, it will licensed via a single User Subscription Licence and there will be two different flavours: Microsoft 365 Education A3 and A5. Find the announcement on the Microsoft Education blog here:, with a couple of relevant videos.

Office 365 for Education remains a free product and is renamed to Office 365 A1 and there’s a useful comparison of the features and functionality included in this free product and the new Microsoft 365 Education A3/A5. Find it towards the bottom of this page: by clicking on the “Compare Microsoft 365 Education Plans” link.

Microsoft 365

Microsoft introduce Microsoft 365 in Enterprise and Business editions. Enterprise edition replaces Secure Productive Enterprise and will be available as an E3 or E5 plan from 1st August 2017. Business edition is new, and is aimed at organizations with less than 300 users who want Office 365 Business Premium with security/management features from Windows 10 and EMS, as well as some new applications such as Microsoft Connections.

It’s in public preview on 2nd August 2017, and generally available in autumn 2017, priced at $20 per user per month.

Find the announcement here: