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Microsoft 365 

Microsoft 365 is the integrated solution that brings together the  productivity of Office 365 with the security of Windows 10.

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Innovative Office apps, intelligent cloud services, and world-class security​

Surviving and thriving in today's challenging business environment requires effective collaboration tool, streamlined processes and ever evolving security.  

All too often, however, multiple solutions, stand-alone apps and legacy platforms complicate the very problems you're trying to solve. 

Microsoft 365 is the integrated solution that brings together the productivity of Office 365 with the security of Windows 10.  

Microsoft 365 - The Basics, Explained

There’s no denying that for all the fantastic tools Microsoft offers businesses and the value that they can offer, it can get very confusing to stay on top of it all. There are so many tools available for so many different functions and applications, some which might even seem like they do the same thing at first glance! Plus, old products merging into new ones, renamed products, rebrands, new releases and more mean that it can be hard to know what you have right now, let alone what you need in the future.

At Chess, it’s our business to understand exactly what the whole roster of Microsoft products do, what they mean for the businesses we work with and how we can help you implement them in a way that makes sense for your business.


When it comes to offering a secure, straightforward and highly effective package for businesses of all sizes, Microsoft 365 is incredibly popular, and for good reason. With M365, you get the Office365 suite, including all the basics you probably already recognise - Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint etc.

However, the great thing about Microsoft 365 is that it also includes your windows operating system (Microsoft 10) and Enterprise Mobility + Security (which you’ll probably see referred to as EMS a lot of the time). All of this is delivered to your business and employees seamlessly using the Microsoft Cloud. Under the Microsoft 365 umbrella, there are a few different plans, tailored to your needs.

Microsoft 365 Enterprise: Designed specifically for companies with more than 300 users. The unique part of this plan is that it comes with Windows 10 Enterprise, which is able to handle the demands of larger businesses. This plan also comes with Office 365 and EMS included.

Microsoft 365 Business: Very similar to the Enterprise, but made for use by small-to-mid-sized businesses (SMBs) with up to 300 users. It includes Windows 10 Pro, Office 365 and EMS.

Microsoft 365 F1 and F3: Made for use by “first-line" workers. These plans include Windows 10 Enterprise, Office 365 F1 (this includes collaborative working tools like Microsoft Teams, Yammer and Sharepoint) and EMS.

Microsoft 365 Education: Made for educational institutions, schools and classrooms.

Microsoft 365 Nonprofit: Designed to meet the needs of not-for-profit organisations.


Microsoft 365 Solutions

There's a M365 licence to suit every business and user. Depending on your licence, you'll benefit from:  

Office Apps

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher (PC), Access (PC)  

Cloud Services

Exchange, OneDrive, Sharepoint, Teams, Intune, Azure Information Protection 

Microsoft 365 Services 

Cloud Security for M365

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Microsoft Power Platforms

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Cloud Support

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Useful Resources


A Crash Course in Microsoft 365 Business

On Demand Webinar

Remote Collaboration with MS Teams


Driving Compliance in Financial Services


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