Comparing Office 365 Business Essentials Vs. Amazon WorkMail

With so many cloud companies vying for a piece of the organizational email market, the competition is high, and the features available vary greatly. By now, just about everyone has heard of Microsoft Office 365 and Google Mail. But Amazon has also thrown its hat into the ring to compete for market share. Considering Amazon is the leading storage company, it only makes sense the brand would also roll out an email solution.

To be fair to Amazon and its WorkMail product, we need to compare apples to apples when it comes to offerings. At its core, Amazon’s WorkMail provides a functional email product with comparable services to Google Mail. However, because this article is comparing Amazon’s WorkMail to Office 365, we’ll take the lowest comparable plan in the Office 365 offering. Office 365 Business Essentials would be the most comparable subscription, though the Microsoft Enterprise E1 would also be a great comparison.

Office 365 Business Essentials Vs. Amazon WorkMail


Office 365 Business Essentials Amazon WorkMail


$5 per user per month $4 per user per month or $6 per user per month with Amazon docs (200GB of space)

Microsoft Office Suite

Online Versions of Office - Word, Excel and PowerPoint Not Included

Mailbox Storage

50 GB 50GB

Email Message Size Limit

150MB 25MB

Domain Support

900 domains per tenant 100 domains per tenant

Spam & Virus Protection

Exchange Online Protection Included

Active Directory Integration

Included Included

Interoperability with Exchange Server

Included Included

Native Support

Microsoft Outlook 2010, 2013, and 2016

Microsoft Outlook 2010 and 2013, 2016 Click-to-Run

Microsoft Outlook 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016 Microsoft Outlook 2010 and 2013 Click-to-Run (Note! Does not support POP3 or IMAP)

File Storage and Sharing

1TB per user 1TB when bundled with Amazon Docs

Unlimited online meetings, IM, audio, HD video and web conferencing

Included Not Included

Corporate Social Network

Included Not Included

Work Management Tools

Included Not Included

Microsoft Teams Chat-Based Workspace

Included Not Included

Professional Digital Storytelling

Included Not Included

User Maximum

300 per tenant Not Included

Reliability (SLA)

99.9% uptime financially backed SLA
As you can see from the table above, Microsoft clearly has an advantage when it comes to the scope of features included. Once again, to be fair, Microsoft has been in the business productivity market much longer — 20 years to be exact. With experience (in the Microsoft case) comes an entire infrastructure built on the way organizations work today. Microsoft has embraced this philosophy in all its offerings, and Business Essentials is no different.

If your goal is to save money and still advance the way your company works, Office 365 Business premium is the way to go. Check out full details on the Office 365 Business Essentials and the Amazon WorkMail offerings to determine which one is the best solution for you.

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