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.

    For more information on migrating to Office 365, or if you have any questions, please contact us today.

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