Microsoft’s branding can be confusing. Having launched Microsoft 365, which offers several of their business-related products under one license, they have created some uncertainty amongst their customers, as many of them are not sure how it differs from the Microsoft Office 365 range. The fact that a Microsoft 365 subscription includes a lot of Microsoft Office 365 elements only adds to the confusion.

To help gain an understanding of the differences between the ‘365’ offerings, we’ve put together a short guide. We’ve also outlined how having a Microsoft implementation expert ensures that the needs of your business are catered for with the right licenses.

Microsoft Office 365

Aimed at improving business productivity, Office 365 is a cloud-based suite including many apps you’ll recognise such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

If you go for the full package it also includes:

  • MS Office applications for your PC, Mac and mobile device
  • Business grade Email, Calendaring and Contacts
  • Microsoft Teams
  • SharePoint
  • OneDrive
  • Yammer and more…

As well as a fantastic range of features, the software boasts a series of useful productivity, collaboration, and security features.

Rather than purchasing the products outright, you can pay a monthly, per-user subscription.

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Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365 is for Medium to Large Businesses that need all the above, plus more rigid security and device management functionality. It bundles together Office 365 Business Premium, Advanced Threat Protection, Windows 10 operating system management, Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS), and machine learning.

If you prefer, Microsoft 365 products and services can be purchased as separate licenses. This is particularly helpful if you are struggling to find a program that suits your needs.


Which is Right for My Business?

If you’re struggling to decide on whether to purchase Office 365 or Microsoft 365 for your business, here are a few pointers to help you decide.

The acid test is, is the security of your organisation’s data just as important as how productive your team is? If security and productivity are important to you, then Microsoft 365 is the way to go.

It’s certainly worth purchasing a Microsoft Office 365 subscription if your team simply require access to Email, file and folder sharing, messaging as well as a desktop application such as Outlook, Word, PowerPoint etc.

However, if you’re not working with the software at all, it’s more difficult to judge what plan you might need, or if it’s even worth it. It may be worth considering speaking with a specialist. They can make sure that the licenses you purchase are aligned with your specific day to day requirements.

If you only need one or two products, it might be more cost-effective to purchase the software separately.

If you’re looking to buy a range of “365” subscriptions, the next step is to choose a Microsoft Partner that can help you choose which licenses are the best fit. There are extensive mix and match options to match the exact requirements of your business.

How Can I Make the Migration to 365 as Seamless as Possible?

If you’re already working with an existing platform, making a change to either Office 365 or Microsoft 365 will require an adjustment period.

You’re likely to require using up resources to make this as smooth as possible. However, your IT Support team may be able to install the software outside of work hours to reduce interruption.

If you’d like to find out more about Microsoft 365 and Office 365 services call us today on +44 (0)161 820 7533