Many clients have been asking us about the differences between Microsoft’s Office 365 Enterprise Kiosk (K1) plan and Enterprise (E1) plans and have been confused about which plan is right for the users who do not need the higher end suites. This comparison is for clients who are considering either of these two plans and want figure out which one is a better fit for their business.
Essentially, the Kiosk plan is for those that are looking for inexpensive licenses for deskless workers - users who are often working away from a desk or using a shared PC and don’t need desktop versions of Office.
Looking at the chart above, you can see that the main two differences between the Enterprise E1 and K1 plan is that E1 provides OneDrive for Business and Skype for Business Online while the K1 plan does not.
More specifically Kiosk customers can use the OneDrive for Business folder sync client application to sync team site document libraries with shared computers and access documents on the PC locally and offline, but they do not include a OneDrive for Business personal site with the 1TB of online storage. Nor do they include the Office Application Suite that would be able to access the documents on the PC, the Kiosk plan only includes the web versions of the Microsoft applications which require the content to be web accessible.
Another difference is the lack of desktop Outlook Access between E plans and K plans. The E plans can connect to Outlook the desktop application, but the K plans cannot and are required to use Outlook Web Access or mobile access even if Office is licensed on that particular machine under another manner. One note, the E1 plan does not include a license for the desktop version of Outlook even though it is “allowed” to connect if owned.
With the Kiosk licenses clients are able to reduce cost and provide their staff with access to company email, information, and resources for their employees that are often using shared PCs and are constantly moving around. This environment is where the Kiosk plans thrive and add a lot of ROI to a company. For example, the K1 plan at $4 per user per month is half the price of the E1 plan at $8 per user per month.
When users need their own storage space, access to instant messaging platforms, want to run desktop Outlook, and need a larger mailbox – then the E1 plan is a great fit.
If you would like to learn more about your options as you consider your cloud purchase, we would be happy to help and show you how to get the most out of your Microsoft licensing! Give us a call at 800-900-1150 or contact us here.