Office 365 – comparing P, M and E plans


The new Office 365 Service Descriptions can be easily accessed in your favorite browser; just type in the address box, and you'll get a full list of service descriptions.


Each service description will give you tables comparing features across plans, making it easier to pick the plan that suits your needs the best. To provide an easy, visual overview I've compiled the below table comparing Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online across the P, M, and E plans.

In the table I'm using these abbriviations for the plans

  • P1 = Office 365 Small Business
  • P2 = Office 365 Small Business Premium
    (Designed for 1-10 users, maximum of 25 users)
  • M = Office 365 Midsize Business
    (Designed for 11-250 users, maximum of 300 users)
  • E1 = Office 365 Enterprise E1
  • E3 = Office 365 Enterprise E3
  • E4 = Office 365 Enterprise E4
  • K = Office 365 Enterprise K1 (aka Kiosk)
    (Designed for 250+ users, no limit to number of users)
  • You can read more about the above plans here

 ...and this Color coding visualizing whether a feature is included in the plan or not

  • Green = Yes
  • Red = No
  • NOTE: always consult the appropriate service description for an authoritative answer as to whether a feature is included (comments can apply, but wont be listed here)


Table: Comparing Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync Online across the P, M, and E (and K) plans

 (click here to get the source Excel file if you need to do filtering or other tasks)



In the E-plan you can opt to subscibe to various available add-ons, e.g.

  • Visio Pro subscription
  • Project Pro subscription
  • Project Online
  • CRM Online (click here to learn more about the dynamic duo in the cloud; Office 365 and CRM Online)

See also

  • Exchange Online Comparison - link
  • SharePoint Online Comparison - link
  • Lync Online Comparison - link
  • What exactly do you get in an Office 365 plan? -. link


Comments (17)
  1. @dheerajj sangyam   Recipients (# in recipient fields for one mail), Recipient Rate (# mails sent). Please see…/jj819296.aspx for more.

  2. BlueSky2010 says:

    Thank you Jesper for putting this together – very helpful for a quick review!

  3. This blog post is two years old. Obviously lots have changed since then. The authoritative and updated source – as always – is the Service Descriptions.

  4. @jesper: thank you & congratulations on the "super" effort above…

    may I request you to share the excel file for the above comparison pls?

    thank you.

  5. hello again!

    can you pls clarify the difference between,

    "recipient limit" & "recipient rate limit" in o365 – exchange plans


  6. Daniel Vollmer says:

    Thank you very much for this great compilation ! Can anybody tell me how I can make like e Whitelist for trusted Domains ? I just called Microsoft and they told me, that with Exchange Online P1 this is not possible ??? Before the new Version i could made this with Forefront and it worked very well. Now since the Migration to the New "Layout" this is not possible anymore.

    Thank's for any Input !

  7. Ruud Jeursen says:

    Many thanks Jesper for this great comparison chart !

    Ruud Jeursen

    Deltabase Support

    The Netherlands

  8. Mario C says:

    Hi Jesper,

    Thanks a lot for the painstaking task of pulling this information together.

    Awesome job.


  9. Kumton says:

    Hi! Jesper, I found the SkyDrive Pro has included in K Plan, please help to see in your excel sheet above. But it's shown Yes1 >> What's the meaning.

    Thank you

  10. Cham says:

    Hi Jesper, There is some inaccuracy on the table vs the service description on the hybrid mailflow. Appreciate if you can update the table to ensure customer is not confused with the information you provided.

  11. ML49448 says:

    I like the detailed comparison you provided, but that was in 2013. Do have have a detail comparison that is more recent.

  12. Marcelo Reis says:

    Hi Jesper!!! Can you send a comparison more recent?

  13. Anonymous says:

    Not that I’m counting but I just realized one of my blog posts actually is closing in on 100k views

  14. dave says:

    Where does “Office 365 Business Essentials” fit into this?

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