Microsoft 365 vs. Office 365: What is the difference?

Published on 2020-01-09

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Microsoft 365 Vs. Office 365: What’s the difference?

Tech products can become confusing with similar names and numbers. Microsoft is no different. Their bundled solution Microsoft 365 can commonly be mistaken for an Office 365 license. As a business, it is important to know the difference between Microsoft 365 and Office 365. The terms are sometimes used interchangeably but they are most definitely different and suitable for different situations. Understanding the distinction between the two and what they offer may help your business go from a good one to a great one.

Office 365

Office 365 is probably the product that most users will be familiar with. It is a subscription-based, cloud service platform that offers a set of productivity apps and solutions, including:

  • Outlook
  • Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote
  • Exchange
  • OneDrive
  • SharePoint
  • Skype for Business
  • Microsoft Teams

The applications Office 365 provides, empower enterprises to work better and get more done effortlessly.

Microsoft 365

While Microsoft 365 and Office have similar features, they are very distinct. Microsoft 365 is much more than a suite of applications; it is a complete solution. When creating the solution, Microsoft said they wanted to 'provide the most secure and easy to manage platform for a modern workplace'. 

Microsoft 365 is best understood when looking at its three core services:

  • Office 365
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Enterprise Mobility and Security (EMS)

Microsoft 365 is an intelligent, innovative, and reliable solution that has everything your business needs to stay productive, and empowered.

While Office 365 is great to start with, Microsoft 365 is an all-in-one platform that takes you a step further and helps address complex security and compliance requirements.

Since February 2019 Microsoft 365 has also incorporated two of Microsoft’s new advanced security and compliance features.

  • Identity & Threat Protection: An all-in-one security offering for Office 365, Windows 10 and EMS. The advanced protection services include Microsoft Threat Protection (Azure Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), Windows Defender ATP, and Office 365 ATP including Threat Intelligence), as well as Microsoft Cloud App Security and Azure Active Directory.
  • Information Protection & Compliance: Assists compliance and IT teams to perform ongoing risk assessments across all Microsoft Cloud services, automatically protect and manage sensitive data, and efficiently respond to regulatory requests leveraging intelligence.’

Want to know more about cloud security? Take a look at our blog post: How secure is cloud computing?

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