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Microsoft 365 or Office 365? Know the difference

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In April 2021, Microsoft made the official name change of Office 365 to Microsoft 365. However, you will still come across two products: Office 365 and MS 365. Although these offerings grant access to the same set of apps, the difference lies in the additional benefits and costs. 

Office 365

Office 365 is a cloud-based suite of apps and services that center around business productivity and collaboration. 

Depending on the plan you decide for, you can also have access to some of these apps and services: 

  • Exchange Online
  • SharePoint Online
  • OneDrive for Business
  • Teams 
  • Yammer 

Microsoft 365 

MS 365, on the other hand, is a bundle of services that includes Office 365. This subscription service allows users to always have the most up-to-date modern productivity Microsoft tools. 

Some of what it includes:

  • Windows 11 Business
  • Enterprise Mobility + Security 
  • Machine Learning 
  • Defender for Endpoint

All of MS 365 plans for enterprise and most of the plans for business, schools, and non-profits include the fully installed desktop apps. However, plans like Business Basic offer the online versions of Office, file storage, and more. 

You can decide which plan works best for your organization or book a meeting to receive guidance from our certified Microsoft experts. 

Here you can find a list of the different plans available, what they include, and their pricing. 

Plans can be mixed and matched, and you can choose from them depending on your specific business needs. 

What’s the difference?

As mentioned above, Office 365 is a cloud-based suite of business productivity and collaboration apps, while Microsoft 365 is a bundle of services that include this suite, plus several other enterprise services. 

We hope this article helped you have a wider view of the benefits each option can bring to your organization. From guidance on deciding which plan is best for your team to order support, and post-sale assistance, our friendly experts are here to help. Book a meeting today. 

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