By Dhruvin Shah
When Microsoft released their new offering ‘Microsoft 365’ in February 2017 it led to some confusion as to how it relates to its other similarly named offering ‘Office 365.’ So what is the difference between the two?
Microsoft 365 is a suite of tools brought together to allow you to manage your productivity and security needs under one licence. Microsoft 365 combines best in class tools like Office 365, Windows 10 and the Enterprise Mobility and Security suite to empower your team with the tools they need to work together, get more done and keep your business safe.
A lot of people already inadvertently refer to Office 365 by the name Microsoft 365 so, it’s easy to see how the two products can be confused. The fact that Microsoft 365 includes Office 365 licensing makes the situation even more confusing.
Let's break down the differences.
Office 365 is a cloud-based suite of productivity applications and services based which are available to licensed users based on a plan. Office 365 plans can include many applications and services, such as:
Skype for Business
Office 365 plans are normally priced monthly and per user and there a huge variety of plans available to cater for the varying needs and budgets of companies of all sizes from sole traders to large scale enterprises. Detailed Office 365 plan breakdowns and pricing are available from Microsoft.
Microsoft 365 is a more complete bundle of services from Microsoft that includes Office 365. However, in addition it also includes Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS), and for Enterprise plans it includes the Windows 10 operating system licence too. Like Office 365, Microsoft 365 offers monthly per user licence plans. As with Office 365 detailed plan breakdowns and pricing are available for Business (up to 300 users) and for Enterprise.
What to choose though? Office 365 or Microsoft 365
First you should ask yourself a simple question – What does my organisation need?
If you already use Office 365, then do you need the additional features of Microsoft 365? You may be reconsidering your approach to managing the devices in use within your business, in which case the EMS features such as Microsoft Intune for device management may be appealing to you. If the answer is yes, then consider Microsoft 365.
If you are newer to Microsoft cloud services, then first decide what your company requires, then choose the best option (and plan) for your needs.
Here at Cielo Costa we have highly qualified experts, advisors, architects and developers who can help you to understand what your business really needs and suggest the most suitable Office 365 or Microsoft 365 plans for your organisation.
We can also help you to make the most of your licences by really driving a return on your investment through enhancing your business processes, developing business applications and providing you with the insight and analysis to be more efficient and effective. Get in touch with us and find out how we can help.