Microsoft 365 Windows Standalone?

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Hi All,


With the Microsoft 365 plans am I right in thinking the Microsoft 365 Business will upgrade a user from Windows 7,8 to Windows 10 Pro. And the Microsoft 365 E3, E5 will give a user a standalone Windows 10 Enterprise OS?


If you have any links to this and further information that would be amazing.



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Hi Nathan,


You are correct.  Check out the M365B licensing deck at as well as the full set of resources at



Hi Nathan


Just to clarify some of the wording, Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5 requires a qualified activated OS,

and is an upgrade from Pro to Enterprise, and will drop back to Pro when/if the user license is no longer valid. The conversion from Pro -> Enterprise is very fast, it would be applied during first sign on from a user with a valid subscription. has details, but I'm guessing the important things to highlight for you are


"customers subscribed to Windows 10 Enterprise E3 and E5 as well as Secure Productive Enterprise E3 and E5, can now upgrade their Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs and devices to Windows 10 without the need to purchase separate upgrade licenses."


Ignore the Secure Productive Enterprise terminology, SPE was the predecessor to M365, but the post seems to assume that people realise that it only applies to Pro. is a bit clearer on the Pro base for Enterprise, as is the general VL documentation.