Office 365 is the dominant cloud service platform and is provided by Microsoft, which has given it a leverage over its counterparts. There are more than 150 million active users for Office 365, and still is increasing at a rapid speed. It provides us the impression that it can handle a vast number of emails than a regular email server and yes, it is true. However, Office 365 has different storage limits and different email/contacts limits for different plans. And these limits vary based on the subscription plans.
The mailbox storage limits are different for each mailbox type like a primary mailbox, archive mailbox, shared mailbox, group mailbox, etc. And it depends on the subscription plan too. Here is the table –
|Plan\mailbox||User Mailbox||Archive mailbox||Shared mailbox||Resource mailbox||Site mailbox||Public folder mailbox||Group mailbox|
|Office 365 Business Essentials||50 GB||50 GB||50 GB||50 GB||50 GB||50 GB||50 GB|
|Office 365 Business Premium||50 GB||50 GB||50 GB||50 GB||50 GB||50 GB||50 GB|
|Office 365 Enterprise E1||50 GB||50 GB||50 GB||50 GB||50 GB||50 GB||50 GB|
|Office 365 Enterprise E3||100 GB||Unlimited||50 GB||50 GB||50 GB||100 GB||50 GB|
|Office 365 Enterprise E5||100 GB||Unlimited||50 GB||50 GB||50 GB||100 GB||50 GB|
|Office 365 Enterprise F1||2 GB||NA||50 GB||50 GB||NA||NA||50 GB|
But keep in mind that Office 365 administrators can reduce these limits as per the organization’s requirements.
The message limits apply to each message for various parameters like message size limit, header size limit, subject length limit, file attachment limit, attachment size limit, multipart message limit, and embedded message depth limit.
Office 365 administrators can change (increase or reduce) these limits are per their needs.
|Plan\mailbox||Message size limit – Outlook||Message Size Limit – OWA||Message Size Limit – Outlook for Mac||Message Size Limit – Migration||Subject length Limit|
|Office 365 Business Essentials||150 MB||112 MB||150 MB||150 MB||255 char|
|Office 365 Business Premium||150 MB||112 MB||150 MB||150 MB||255 char|
|Office 365 Enterprise E1||150 MB||112 MB||150 MB||150 MB||255 char|
|Office 365 Enterprise E3||150 MB||112 MB||150 MB||150 MB||255 char|
|Office 365 Enterprise E5||150 MB||112 MB||150 MB||150 MB||255 char|
|Office 365 Enterprise F1||150 MB||112 MB||150 MB||150 MB||255 char|
When the message size exceeds this limit, it is not delivered to the recipient. However, the sender will receive a non-delivery report. The advantage of setting an upper limit for the message size is that time is not wasted on the delivery of unusually large emails. Consequently, it helps in improving the message delivery of normal messages and enhancing the overall performance.
These limits are intended to block spam and phishing messages in the Exchange environment.
It is the number of messages that can be received per hour by a user, public folder, or group. After exceeding this limit, the mailboxes will not receive emails for an hour.
|Office 365 Business Essentials||3,600 messages/hour|
|Office 365 Business Premium||3,600 messages/hour|
|Office 365 Enterprise E1||3,600 messages/hour|
|Office 365 Enterprise E3||3,600 messages/hour|
|Office 365 Enterprise E5||3,600 messages/hour|
|Office 365 Enterprise F1||3,600 messages/hour|
These limits apply to an Exchange Online account while sending messages:
|Plan\mailbox||Recipient rate limit||Recipient limit||Recipient proxy address limit||Message rate limit|
|Office 365 Business Essentials||10K per day||500 recipients||400||30 messages per minute|
|Office 365 Business Premium||10K per day||500 recipients||400||30 messages per minute|
|Office 365 Enterprise E1||10K per day||500 recipients||400||30 messages per minute|
|Office 365 Enterprise E3||10K per day||500 recipients||400||30 messages per minute|
|Office 365 Enterprise E5||10K per day||500 recipients||400||30 messages per minute|
|Office 365 Enterprise F1||10K per day||500 recipients||400||30 messages per minute|
The Address Book limits apply not to an individual mailbox but the Exchange organization. It defines the maximum number of address lists/offline address books/address book policies/global address lists that can be created in an organization.
|Plan\mailbox||Address List Limit||Offline Address Book Limit||Address Book Policies Limit||Global Address Lists Limit|
|Office 365 Business Essentials||1K||250||250||250|
|Office 365 Business Premium||1K||250||250||250|
|Office 365 Enterprise E1||1K||250||250||250|
|Office 365 Enterprise E3||1K||250||250||250|
|Office 365 Enterprise E5||1K||250||250||250|
|Office 365 Enterprise F1||1K||250||250||250|
So, these are some essential limits Office 365 administrators need to be aware of. These limits are quite high, and administrators do not need to give any attention to it as efficient communication can be achieved within the available limits. However, it is a good practice to keep a watchful eye on how Exchange resources are being used in the organization. But, effective Exchange features are not available to monitor the usage of Exchange resources. So, one has to rely on professional tools like Kernel Exchange Reporter for the same.
If you want to get granular information on the resource consumption in your Exchange Server environment, then you should use the Kernel Exchange Reporter tool which brings detailed information. It creates different graphs and reports which enable you to optimize the available resources and enhance performance.