Navigating Microsoft 365 & Office 365 Modern Workplace Offerings


And.. the opportunity within..

As is increasingly evident with today's challenges, it's paramount for businesses to enable their workforce and be secure in doing so.


Microsoft continues to make a significant investment in better enabling and securing the workforce with arguably the most capable and secure end-to-end workplace offering out there.


Therein lies the challenge of understanding Microsoft's extensive workplace offerings and forming your services... it's no mean feat. Businesses are reliant on IT service providers more than ever to inform, advise and proactively manage this evolving modern cloud-based capability. 

This resource will help IT providers make the right commercially informed decisions and get the most from any investment, we at Vendira aim to update this as Microsoft evolve their offerings.


If your a service provider and want to evolve or better monetise and package your service capability get in touch with us at Vendira, its what we live for.

SERVICE Comparison

Latest Product NEWs

Azure Active Directory P1 to be included in M365 Business Premium as of 21st April 2020

Rebranding Office 365 SMB Portfolio as of 21st April 2020

Creating an opportunity to improve and secure services via upgrade to Microsoft 365 Business Premium & shift to Microsoft 365 Apps..

Microsoft 365 Compliance just got better as of April 2020!

New Microsoft Security & Compliance Add-ons 

Microsoft 365 E5 eDiscovery & Audit

Insider Risk Management

Information Protection & Governance 

Office 365 E1 Trial (6 months Free & New CSP SKU as of April 2020)

Microsoft Defender ATP (Now available as separate SKU "QLS-00003" for Open, "QLU-00002" for EDU

New Microsoft Office mobile app now available

SKU Updates for Office 365 Business


Microsoft's extensive product range is certainly hard to understand..

  • "O365 Business" with less features than "O365 Business Essentials"

  • "O365 Business" different to "Microsoft 365 Business"

  • "Microsoft 365 Business" more feature rich than "O365 Business Premium"

As of 21st April 2020 things get easier, combining into NEW Microsoft 365 Business Tiers


SKU Updates for Desktop Apps


Microsoft 365 E5/A5 and E5.A5 Compliance Just got Better 


Increased features and value have been added to the plans as of April 1st 2020, no increase in price yet..

Microsoft 365 E5/A5 and E5/A5 Compliance 

*Exact General Availability TBD

This update replaces Office 365 Advanced Compliance and Azure Information Protection (AIP) P2 now end-of-sale to new sales and no more feature updates for existing.

Important: E5/A5 Compliance requires at least M365 E3 or O365 + EM&S E3

Further info here

New Security & Compliance Add ons


Microsoft as of April 2020 have also released new Add-On SKU

  • Insider Risk Management (Certainly one interesting product to further protect the business!)

  • Microsoft 365 E5 eDiscovery & Audit 

  • Information Protection and Governance (Requires at least AIP P1/EM&S)

Further info here

Key Lifecycle

Key lifecycle to note

Useful Insights

Microsoft are now observing unprecedented usage, help get more from Teams with Adoption Guide

​Protecting against coronavirus themed phishing attacks 


Microsoft Defender ATP Named Leader in Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) Forrester and Gartner

Microsoft Leader in 5 Magic Quadrants 

  1. Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB)​

  2. Access Management

  3. Information Archiving

  4. Endpoint Management

  5. Endpoint Protection Platforms

Navigating Microsoft Workplace Licensing 


Many businesses are not fully benefiting from their investment by only using the basics of what they are entitled to and at times doubling up on technology without realising it. 

  • Are you providing your customers with the right value-adding service?

  • Are you monetising this service opportunity?

  • Is your outsourced IT service provider informing and advising you or reselling and waiting for your support calls?

  • Are you aware of the extensive capability provided within Microsoft's offerings and how this should shape your services provided?

The value IT Service Providers can provide, should not be underestimated,  as with anything providing the right service needs careful consideration.

Based on our view of many UK service providers, most are still in the mode of license resale with the basics setup leading onto reactionary based support services. Is this really good enough for today's businesses?

Few are providing quality client engagement, continually informing and advising, helping keep abreast of Microsoft's modern lifecycle management and make the most of any investment.

Rob Stainsby, Helping Service Providers be succesful

How good is the service you are providing?