Are you buying Office 365, when you really should be buying Microsoft 365?
Yes, these really are two separate products!
Office 365 is the more well-known offering and is generally associated with your typical Microsoft applications (Outlook, Word, OneDrive, etc.), but in the cloud.
Microsoft 365 was launched in August of 2017 as a separate offering. Simply put - it has the capabilities of Office 365 with some important additions: Windows 10 Enterprise OS, Device Management & Advanced Security Features.
Using Office 365 and Microsoft 365 ES licenses for example:
|Office 365 vs Microsoft 365 E3 Comparison||Microsoft 365||Office 365|
|Enterprise E3||Enterprise E3|
|Standard Services||Max Users||Any||Any|
|Install Office on 5 Computers||✔️||✔️|
|Ent. Mobility & Security||Azure AD Premium P1||✔️||-|
|Azure Information Protection P1||✔️||-|
|Advanced Threat Analytics||✔️||-|
|Self-service PW reset for AD||✔️||-|
|Windows 10||Azure AD Join||✔️||-|
|Managed Devices (w/Intune)||✔️||-|
|Windows Hello for Business||✔️||-|
|Windows Virtual Desktop||✔️||-|
|Windows Defender Guard||✔️||-|
Microsoft 365’s additional capabilities can provide a lot of value for most of the Office 365’s current or potential users. Integration of Enterprise Mobility & Security, and Windows 10 Enterprise can enable streamlined user/device/policy administration and support.
This is our first overview of Microsoft 365 vs Office 365, our next series we’ll begin to unpack the additional Device Management capabilities within Microsoft 365.