microsoft 365 business

Microsoft 365 for Business is an all-encompassing subscription service made for businesses to supercharge productivity and improve collaboration with a suite of productivity tools, device management features, and advanced security features. Microsoft 365 business offers 4types of plans for businesses that users can choose from depending on their business size and business needs, which include:

Microsoft 365 Basic, Microsoft 365 Business Standard, Microsoft 365 Business Premium, and Microsoft 365 Apps for Business.

Microsoft 365 Business plans are designed to help you collaborate better, host and manage meetings, secure stored data, create documents, and schedule calendars with 300 employees. Moreover, customers can gain 24*7 phone and web support on subscriptions.

In this article, we will discuss the two preferred and advanced plans of the Microsoft 365 Business family, Business Standard, and Business Premium, while drawing comparisons between these two to help you buy the most suitable plan.

Microsoft Business Standard:

Microsoft 365 Business the Business is for small to medium scaled businesses who require slightly more comprehensive features such as desktop version of Office apps, advanced features such as webinar hosting, auto-expanding email archive, and enhanced collaboration features, in addition to all the features of Business Basic plan.

Its features include:

  • Complete suite of Office apps, including Access and Publisher.
  • 1 TB OneDrive storage for each user.
  • Emails
  • Calendars.
  • Webinar hosting.
  • Workflow automation.

Microsoft Business Premium:

Microsoft 365 Business Premium is for medium to large-scale businesses with advanced security and device management features. The business premium plan incorporates all the facilities and services of the Business Standard plan, along with advanced tools for securing, such as Azure Information Protection, Microsoft Defender, Microsoft Intune, and Microsoft Azure. Hence, this plan is the best choice for businesses that deal with large volumes of sensitive data and, therefore, require security measures to safeguard the company’s data. 

Its features include:

  • All features of Business Standard.
  • Azure Information Protection.
  • Microsoft Defender.
  • Device management features such as data loss prevention and the ability to wipe data remotely.
  • Robust security and compliance features.
  Microsoft 365 Business Standard    Microsoft 365 Business Premium

Everything included in the Business Basic plan with:Desktop versions of apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.Webinars that enable attendance registration and reporting.Microsoft Loop for enhanced collaboration for co-creating.Microsoft Clipchamp offers amazing video editing and design tools.Copilot as an add-on.

Everything included in the Business Busic and Business Standard plan with:Identity and access management features.Advanced cyberthreat protection against malicious viruses and phishing attacks.Copilot as an add-on.

User Management

While both Standard and Premium tiers providers user management features to manage almost 300 users, with each user having access of 1TB of cloud storage along with a customized business account, the Premium tier comes with a lot more options facilitating improved management and access control of all employees. 

Data security:

The most prominent differentiating factor between the Standard and Premium comes from their level of security and protective features. The Standard package gives you standard security that involves spam and malware filters. On the other hand, the Premium one lets you safely access and store data with advanced device as well as endpoint protection.

Extra security features of the Premium package:

Intune: Limit access to your private data.

Defender: for detecting and fighting cyberattacks such as ransomware.

Entra ID: to safeguard your employees’ credentials.

Information Protection: to secure files and documents and control others’ access to your data.

No. of applications:

Another point of difference between the business tiers comes with the number of applications users have access to. Microsoft 365 Business Standard offers 10+ applications along with Copilot that automate suggestions, tasks, and various services using LLM. Amongst the 10+ applications, Microsoft provides cloud security for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Other apps include Teams, Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint, Outlook, Clipchamp, Loop, and various others. 

The Premium tier, on the other hand, includes four more advanced applications enabling better security and management. 


While deciding on a specific Microsoft 365 Business plan to buy, consider the requirements of your business first. If all you need is a full suite of productivity apps to boost performance in the workplace along with standard security measures, then go for Business Standard. However, if your business needs advanced security features and enhanced access control and management features, Business Premium is the right choice for you.

By Anurag Rathod

Anurag Rathod is an Editor of, who is passionate for app-based startup solutions and on-demand business ideas. He believes in spreading tech trends. He is an avid reader and loves thinking out of the box to promote new technologies.