Even the most tech-savvy and well-informed Microsoft guru may struggle to list off every member of the Office 365 arsenal. This is, of course, a good problem to have; the Redmond tech giant certainly hasn’t been holding back on releasing productivity tools in recent years, as well as providing numerous updates on existing software. Updating and replacing the current E4 plan, the recently released Office 365 Enterprise E5 contains every piece of the productivity platform puzzle. The only problem is that there’s too many pieces to list in one blog post!
According to Microsoft, Enterprise E5 will…
“…encompass the core value of the modern productivity and collaboration capabilities Office 365 provides today, as well as significant new capabilities”.
Encompass is a suitable verb. This is the peak of Microsoft’s productivity mountain, containing everything that can be offered within Office 365. This means features such as Power BI – available as an add-on for users of the E3 and E4 plans – come pre-packaged amongst many others in Enterprise E5. On top of that, users can expect even more out of the E5 plan (and every other MS plan) with the company’s new mantra of continuously rolling out updates.
With this being Microsoft, Enterprise E5 hosts a great number of tools that cover a lot of bases – some of which might not be necessary for your company. We thought we’d highlight some of the best new features available in the E5 plan, as well as those exclusive to this latest subscription, so you can decide whether it’s right for you.
The office suite
The days when Word, Excel and PowerPoint were the pinnacle of Microsoft’s offerings seem a distant memory, as even the Office Suite is now filled to the brim with productivity tools. Along with the ‘power 3’, the Office suite now also includes Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Skype and Access. E5, of course, includes the latest 2016 versions for all of the above, and can be installed on a total of 15 devices: 5 PCs or Macs, as well as 5 tablets (Windows, iPad or Android) and 5 phones. So, there’s more than enough tools and more than enough instances for you to stay productive.
- PowerBI Pro
“Over 500,000 unique users from 45,000 companies across 185 countries helped shape the new Power BI”
– James Phillips, corporate vice President of Microsoft BI – 2015.
Business Intelligence is one of the fastest-growing trends in the enterprise, and the new-and-improved Power BI includes innovative and unique features that make it a must-have for data lovers.
Power BI lets users monitor data sources live with continuously updating visuals to provide excellent real-time dashboards. The Business Intelligence tool is also available on all major mobile devices with a native app for iPhone, iPad and Android, keeping mobile users connected with their data wherever they may be.
- Delve Organisational Analytics
Powered by Office Graph, organizational analytics for Delve expands on the personalized insights Delve provides. Teams can measure, track and identify key trends like engagement, reach and work-life balance across interactions within their organization and with external teams.
- Skype for Business
You may struggle to pinpoint the difference between Skype and its enterprise companion Skype for Business (formerly Lync), but the latter includes many features that set it apart. Skype Meeting Broadcast lets Office 365 users talk on a huge global scale, with Skype for Business meetings available for up to 10,000 people to attend on web or mobile devices. But the fun isn’t solely for Skype for Business customers: PSTN Conferencing allows users to dial into meetings using a landline or mobile phone (currently in beta stage for US customers), and Cloud PBX gives people the ability to make and receive traditional phone calls via their Skype for Business clients.
- Advanced eDiscovery
As the name suggests, Advanced eDiscovery is exactly that, advanced. Further strengthening the eDiscovery capabilities already present in Office 365 – Advanced eDiscovery is even more equipped to help users quickly investigate and meet legal obligations.
Used for the sorting and gathering of extremely large sets of data, Advanced eDiscovery is integrated with Equivio machine learning, predictive coding and text analytics capabilities. This drastically reduces the cost and time it takes to sort today’s extremely high volume of data. These integrated Equivio capabilities can be accessed from the Office 365 Compliance Center eDiscovery section.
- Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)
Another improvement over existing software, Advanced Threat Protection is a new email filtering service that complements Exchange Online Protection (EOP), providing protection against specific types of advanced threats.
Offering protection against unknown malware and viruses, ATP secures your mailbox and protects against any unsafe attachments. ‘Time-of-click’ protection against malicious URLs instantaneously protects your users against harmful links.
- Customer Lockbox
This is a new feature that provides unprecedented customer control over Office 365 customer content, meaning users have a safe understanding that their content won’t be accessed by Microsoft employees without their consent. Lockbox requires the customer to provide explicit approval of access to their content.
This post would require a lot more scrolling if we were give you a full list of features, so you can check them all out on the Microsoft website.
Start 2016 on the right note
Whatever you might use Microsoft’s productivity platform for, the introduction of the Enterprise E5 plan means there’s never been a better time to get the most out of Office 365. You can get a free trial to test out Office 365 for yourself and decide which plan is right for you.