I'd like to know the difference between these two plan.

I just want to use central document sharing on Cloud for easy collaborating with our team. Which one is better for my use-case?

Some conditions are confusing for me.

SharePoint Online Plan-1: https://products.office.com/ja-jp/sharepoint/compare-sharepoint-plans

Office 365 Business Essentials: https://products.office.com/ja-jp/compare-all-microsoft-office-products?&activetab=tab:primaryr2

Both are the same price but the included services are different.

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If you are just looking for SharePoint as a document management system then first look at both plan in details:

SharePoint Online Plan-1

Services Provided in this plan:

SharePoint & OneDrive

License Cost: 330 INR /User/Month

Major features under this plan are:

  • 1 TB of OneDrive storage per user

  • Share files securely inside or outside your organization

  • Sync local copies of files or folders for offline viewing and editing on Mac or PC

  • Co-author in real time in familiar Microsoft Office apps

  • Inform and connect your people with intranets and portals

  • Tell your story with beautiful communication sites

  • Use team sites to connect teams to content, expertise, and processes

  • Organize and manage content in libraries and lists with metadata,
    records management, and retention policies

  • Move and manage files between OneDrive and SharePoint

  • Search and discover relevant people and important content when you
    need it most

  • Navigate your team sites and intranet with the SharePoint mobile apps for Android™, iOS, and Windows or OneDrive mobile apps for Android™, iOS and Windows5

  • FastTrack deployment support with purchase of 50+ seats at no extra

  • 24/7 phone and web support

  • Licensed for commercial use

Limitation on this plan

  • We cannot install any office product

Office 365 Business Essentials

Major services are:

  • Exchange
  • OneDrive
  • SharePoint
  • Teams

Key features in this plan:

  • 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.

  • Host online meetings and video conferencing for up to 250 users.

  • Get help anytime with around-the-clock phone and web support from Microsoft.

License Cost: 125 INR /User/Month

Here the license cost is lesser than the SharePoint Online Plan-1


We can go with the Office 365 Business Essentials plan as we are getting more services (Microsoft Teams which is very important for the communication, Exchange) than the other plan SharePoint Online Plan-1 with the less price.

  • Do you know why Office 365 Business Essentials plan is cheaper and get more services than the SharePoint Online Plan-1. Commented Apr 9, 2020 at 12:56
  • You can speak to a sales expert, they will clarify you and give you more details, customer support is the right channel to get it clarified :-)
    – SP 2022
    Commented Apr 9, 2020 at 13:02

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