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Which 365 accounts to use

Posted on 2014-10-01
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Hi,
I have set up my one-man-band company on office 365 and have been running so for a couple of years. I have office "365 Small Business" and "Office 365 ProPlus".
I am looking to take on a new employee and want to set them up as well. However not 100% sure what to set up.
I have set up the new account and now need to set up a licence (or two)

looking at http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/business/compare-all-office-365-for-business-plans-FX104051403.aspx it appears that I am using a Business AND an enterprise solution where as I though you should have one or other.

To me this looks a mess. I suspect that for a small Business that I need only be on a Small Business plan and as I want the office software should have either" Office 365 Business" or "Office 365 Business Premium", but I am on Enterprise plan "office 365 ProPlus" .

I also suspect that I need to be on the same plan as the new employee.
So is the Office 365 small business that I have been paying for been a waste of money and I should cancel that. Then I should set up my new employee on an enterprise solution with me.
or
can I upgrade my business solution to office 365 Business (or Premium) and set up the new staff on a Business account.

Obviously I don't want to lose my existing email on the server.

Advise would be most welcome
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Vasil Michev (MVP) earned 500 total points
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The naming schema Microsoft uses is indeed a mess. But in your case, you are most likely using the Small Business plan, which also includes the Office Pro Plus subscription (the full version of the Office apps). What information do you see if you click Billing -> Subscription in your tenant?

You should have no problems adding the new users and giving them licenses. Just click on the user, and in the licenses section you should have separate entries for "Office 365 Small Business" and "Office Pro Plus". The first one is what you will use to give the users a mailbox, SharePoint and Lync access. If you want them to also use the desktop Office applications, grant them the "Office Pro Plus"  license as well.
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