As businesses grow, they need to upgrade themselves to be more productive and functional. One such upgrade that every business need to make is Office 365 subscription. When a business starts getting more clients and more customers, it requires more features to maintain everything within the organization.
Office 365 subscription provides access to some of the most amazing tools of Microsoft’s suite. However, many businesses often start with the basic subscription plan of Office 365, so they need to upgrade their plans according to their requirements after a time. In this blog, we will discuss how you can upgrade your Office 365 subscription, and you’ll also get to know how you can migrate from one Office 365 tenant to another.
Generally, there are three types of Office 365 subscription – Personal, Home, and Business. Every business often starts with the Personal plan in the beginning, and then upgrade themselves to home or business plans according to their needs.
With the Office 365 Personal subscription, you get only one licensed user subscription that can be used on one system. However, the home or business subscription is completely different from it. Here are some points that rectify the differences between these two plans.
As most businesses rely on a home plan in the beginning, so they need to upgrade themselves to a business subscription. However, if you’re using a personal license, then you can easily upgrade to home license using a product key.
Now, if you’re planning to move to an upgraded version of the Office 365 subscription, then there are two manual methods to do that. But, both these methods require purchasing a new plan so that you can easily switch from your current plan. Below we have mentioned both these methods in detail.
Using Switch Button in the admin center is the easiest way to upgrade to business plans of Office 365. When you switch to an upgraded account, all users will be assigned licenses automatically in the new plan, and your old plan will be canceled. Follow the below steps to know how you can switch to business plans:
Office 365 will take some time to finalize the switching process. Once it is completed, you can use your new subscription right away. But, Switch Plans button doesn’t support in every situation, so you’ll have to switch plans manually. Also, this option applies to the old admin center. So, you can use the Upgrade tab in the new admin center.
The upgrade tab allows you to move to an upgraded plan of Office 365. Once you move to a new plan, all users will be assigned licenses automatically. Follow the below steps to proceed:
After the checkout, it will take some time to finalize the upgrade. Meanwhile, you can check the upgrade status. Once the upgrade is completed, you’ll get a notification confirming the same. You can get the detailed information of upgrading Office 365 home subscription to business on official Microsoft website.
Well, upgrading the Office 365 plan is easy, but when it comes to performing Office 365 tenant to tenant migration, the manual methods are not that easy as they involve using PowerShell commands. So, here we have mentioned a third-party utility that will allow you to migrate Office 365 mailboxes from one account to another.
Kernel Office 365 Backup & Restore is a useful tool that is specially designed to backup Office 365 mailboxes, and then restore them to another Office 365 account. It comes with some advanced features like selective data restore, include/exclude folders, etc. With the help of this tool, you can also migrate Office 365 mailboxes to Exchange account. Also, it is suitable for every Office 365 subscription and Exchange versions.
Upgrading your Office 365 account becomes a necessity when your business starts growing. Also, when you need advanced Office 365 features, you’ll have to buy the business plans. So, here we discussed how you can upgrade Office 365 subscription, and how you can perform Office 365 tenant to tenant migration.