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Microsoft 365 vs Microsoft Office 365: what's the difference?

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Microsoft 365 vs Office 365: what’s the difference?2019-02-06T13:14:47+00:00

Microsoft 365 vs Microsoft Office 365

What is Microsoft 365 for Business?

Making its debut at Microsoft Inspire 2017, Microsoft 365 is an all-encompassing package that includes Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise and Enterprise Mobility + Security. Microsoft 365 has two configurations positioned at different segments of the market: Microsoft 365 Business and Microsoft 365 Enterprise.

Able to support up to 300 users with different pricing and availability, Microsoft 365 Business allows for a single console to manage user and device settings, automatic office application deployment to Windows 10 devices and also includes Windows Autopilot. Security within Microsoft 365 comes in the form of threat detection, Information Protection policies, and continuous data backup. Admins can manage devices across multiple platforms, including Windows, Android, macOS, and iOS. There are three types of Microsoft 365 licenses; Business, E3 and E5. Take a look at our comparison table at the differences between the three licenses.

What is Microsoft Office 365?

Microsoft Office 365 is a Cloud subscription platform that offers familiar Microsoft Office products like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, SharePoint, Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams to businesses of all sizes.

The Cloud-based version of Microsoft Office 365 also ensures you always have the most up-to-date and modern productivity tools from Microsoft. There are Office 365 subscriptions for small and medium sized businesses as well as large enterprises, schools, and charities. All Microsoft Office 365 services come with a 99.9% availability guarantee.

What is Microsoft Teams?

With remote working becoming more common, it’s important for your entire workforce to be able to communicate with each other no matter where they are located and on any device. The benefits of working remotely include organisations who have several locations, large workforces and departments, including reducing overheads, more productivity, lowered stress levels and boosted morale for employees but some businesses are concerned that their teams may not be able to collaborate on projects effectively.

Launched in March 2017, Microsoft Teams is a Cloud-based platform that combines workplace chat, meetings, notes, and attachments that is fully integrated with the Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft 365 productivity suites. Teams also works with Microsoft SharePoint and OneDrive.

As a business communications application, Microsoft Teams enables local and remote workers to collaborate on content in real time and near-real time across different devices, including laptops and mobile devices. The service also integrates within an organisation’s Microsoft Office 365 subscription productivity suite, including Microsoft Office and Skype, and features extensions that can integrate with third-party and non-Microsoft product which enables you to tailor the application to your business needs. Our blog on Microsoft Teams and the benefits of the implementation of Teams explains the application in more detail.

What is the difference between Microsoft 365 and Office 365?

It’s easy to think that Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Office 365 are the same product, but there are a lot of features that set these two subscription solutions apart. Firstly, everything is integrated in Microsoft 365 from the start and in one license which makes it easier to navigate for end users. By buying into the entire Microsoft ecosystem from the get-to, businesses have a chance to save valuable resources and use them for running their day to day operations.

Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite

Microsoft 365 sees the inclusion of the Enterprise Mobility + Security suite which enables employees to use their own devices for remote working and using their own device, whether this is a tablet, smartphone or laptop, for business use. Mobility + Security suite uses Microsoft Intune which enables devices to be wiped of company information should they be lost or stolen, making this solution GDPR compliant. Office and its familiar applications are also an integrated part of Microsoft 365.

Windows 10 Enterprise operating system

Additionally, Microsoft 365 also includes the Windows 10 Enterprise operating system which hosts the Windows Defender antivirus software and BitLocker to further ensure your business data remains encrypted. Windows Hello replaces your password with facial recognition or your fingerprint for two-factor authentication which further improves business security. Two-factor authentication is discussed in more detail on our blog on how to secure your business network.

Additional Security

There is a guaranteed 99.9% uptime, five layers of security, proactive data monitoring, and privacy protection. Each user also gets 1TB of storage in the Cloud which can be accessed from anywhere and syncs with PC and Macs for offline access. Microsoft 365 for Business updates are regular and are automatically rolled out. Microsoft are also the first company to achieve ISO’s 27018 Cloud privacy standard which enables Microsoft 365 users to enjoy built-in security and compliance across the range of business applications.

Organisations that are most likely to find Microsoft 365 Business useful to them are those that want to eliminate the need for multiple third-party products and unify everything from email marketing to collaboration under one ecosystem.

Microsoft 365 licensing options

Microsoft 365 comes in the form of three different licenses; Business, E3 and E5. Take a look at our comparison table at the differences between the three licenses. The solution also forms part of our Cloud Productivity and Security package, Unite, which helps organisations forwards on the journey to Digital Transformation.

Microsoft Office 365 on the other hand is the Cloud-based subscription platform that offers Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and so on.

Infinity Group are Microsoft Gold Partners and if you are interested in Microsoft 365 or please get in touch.

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