Office 365 or Microsoft 365

We often get asked what the main differences are between Microsoft 365 and Office 365. As we talk with companies about their training needs, we often find this is a confusing subject for our clients. The first step in determining what areas of training your company can benefit from understanding the classes and what they entail. We put together this short, straightforward article to help you quickly understand and differentiate between these two courses.

Office 365

Let’s start with Office 365. It has spent the most time on the market out of the two. Office 365 is a cloud service platform. It includes a familiar suite of applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Access. Along with these basic apps, it can also include OneDrive for cloud storage, Teams, Planner, Power BI, Flow, SharePoint, Exchange and many more. The apps you receive depend on the license type you possess. Office 365 can be utilized by a large spectrum of users. Individuals as well as varying sized companies will benefit most from Office 365 to boost office productivity, collaboration and security.

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Microsoft 365

Now, let’s discuss Microsoft 365 and how it differs from Office 365. Microsoft 365 is an all-in-one bundle that includes Office 365 as well as Windows 10 Enterprise and Enterprise Mobility and Security. This Microsoft offering is targeted to benefit medium and large-scale businesses who are looking for a complete bundle of workplace productivity solutions. The bundle includes strong enterprise security features that compliment Windows 10 and Office 365. Microsoft 365 is the ideal tool for organizations looking to transform workplace collaboration and streamline business processes.

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As you can tell, there are many similarities between Office 365 and Microsoft 365. It can hard as a consumer to spot the differences and know which will benefit your company best. The easiest way to think about them is to remember that Office 365 is going to be better for individuals or smaller teams who want to create a collaborative environment and boost productivity by utilizing the well-known Microsoft apps. Microsoft 365 is better suited for bigger organizations and enterprises who are planning to move to Windows 10. Microsoft 365 will give them an easy way to bundle Office 365, Windows 10 and enterprise security needs.

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