Office 365 v’s Microsoft 365

You wouldn't be alone in assuming Office 365 and Microsoft 365 are the same thing.... Microsoft does have a colourful history when it comes to selecting product names.

Recent announcements of a 10% price increase on perpetually licensed Microsoft Office and server software has led to speculation of a deliberate strategy pushing business users towards cloud-hosted, subscription-based alternatives. Which means now is the time to get on top Microsoft's lingo and understand the different licensing options for one of the world's most popular office productivity suites.


What is Office 365?

"Office 365" refers to subscription plans that include access to Office applications plus other productivity services that are enabled over the Internet (cloud services).  Office 365 plans for business include services such as Skype for Business web conferencing and Exchange Online hosted email for business, and additional online storage with OneDrive for Business.

Many Office 365 plans also include the desktop version of the latest Office applications, which users can install across multiple computers and devices.

There are lots of different Office 365 plans available (including 'Enterprise' plans which scale to an unlimited number of users) , but all are paid for on a subscription basis, monthly or annually.


What is Microsoft 365?

Microsoft 365 is a subscription service aimed at providing improved integration and security between Microsoft products. It's a bundle that includes Office 365, Windows 10 Pro, and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS).

The intention behind the packaged offering, which was announced in mid-2017, is to address client complaints about complexity and security frustrations. So, with Microsoft 365, customers get cloud services that can scale, as well as integrated device management and security.

Like Office 365, there are a variety of plans available, and the bundle is licensed on a subscription basis.


What's the difference?

Here's a basic side-by-side comparison. You'll find more details on the Microsoft 365 website.

Office 365 v's Microsoft 365 comparison


Need help understanding your licensing options? Get in touch with Sundata's product experts.


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