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Office 365 Vs Microsoft 365

Many of us are Familiar with Office 365, but What About Microsoft 365?

  • Are the two one and the same product?
  • Is Microsoft 365 just another name for Office 365?
  • Has Office 365 been re-branded as Microsoft 365?

The short answer is no! Office 365 and Microsoft 365 are not the same product.

However, even when you Google Microsoft 365, the search returns a page where the majority of listings are for Office 365….

You can read more about the different Office 365 plans and benefits of Office 365 by downloading our full “Office 365 vs Microsoft 365” document here.

Microsoft 365 is the latest software-as-a-service subscription plan from Microsoft, which is essentially an all-in-one product bundle which comprises 3 key elements:

  • Office 365
  • Windows 10
  • Enterprise Mobility & Security (EMS)

There are 3 main plans:

  • Microsoft 365 Business
  • Microsoft 365 Enterprise (E3 and E5)
  • Microsoft 365 Education

Microsoft 365 Business is primarily intended for organisations with less than 300 users, while the E3 and E5 Enterprise plans, with additional in-depth security and device management, are more focused on larger enterprises with more than 300 users.

Key Benefits of Microsoft 365

Extra Security

Compared to buying an Office 365 Business Premium licence, Microsoft 365 Business provides additional security features. It includes Windows Defender Anti-Virus as part of the subscription, so you don’t need to purchase additional anti-virus software. It also includes Microsoft InTune device management which allows you to secure and manage mobile devices and company desktops, Azure Information Protection Premium P1 which includes email encryption as part of the subscription and Azure Active Directory identity management. Microsoft 365 Enterprise provides even greater security benefits.

Cost Benefits

You can save approx. £4 per user per month buying a Microsoft 365 Business Licence rather than buying the component products separately.

Time-Saving Benefits

Windows AutoPilot enables organisations to roll out a standard build of a base Windows 10 desktop without user intervention and is included as standard in Microsoft 365.

Integrated Solution

You can save time and expense, and reduce complexity, by dealing with one vendor rather than separate vendors for different products; organisations can get a collaborative, secure environment up and running quickly.

Comparing the Most Popular Plans: Office 365 Business Premium & Microsoft 365 Business

Microsoft 365 Business Vs Microsoft 365 Enterprise

Microsoft 365 Business is the entry level option. Microsoft Enterprise, which is recommended for organisations with over 300 users or when security and control is a major driver within the business, has two variations (E3 and E5). A much greater level of security and control is available with the Enterprise version.

Next Steps

You can get further information on Microsoft 365 by downloading our full “Office 365 vs Microsoft 365” document here

Brighter Connections can provide our consultancy services to help you fully understand the capability of the software included in Microsoft 365 and help you to plan, implement and, where needed, train your teams on becoming more productive and getting the benefits from this investment.

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