Microsoft 365? I thought it was Office 365!
You may have heard of Office 365, but what is Microsoft 365?
I'm new to the world of licensing and sometimes it feels like I am drinking from a fire hose with all the different products, bundles, suites, and services. So when I came across Microsoft 365, I thought it was a mistake. I looked at our product catalog and I, proudly thinking I had caught a mistake and was saving the company from a major PR scandal, asked my supervisor, "Shouldn't this be Office 365? Did we really make this big of a mistake?"
Her reaction? This:
She then proceeded to inform me that there are two completely separate offerings that Microsoft added to their endless cornucopia of a catalog. After some research and further inquiry, I saw the value in having these two offerings available.
I figured other people might be having some issues trying to figure this out too, so here is the skinny:
Office 365 is a suite of productivity applications such as Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Teams, etc. Microsoft 365 (M365), on the other hand, is a bundle of services that includes Office 365 as well as Windows 10 Enterprise, Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS), and machine learning.
By having EMS included in this bundle, Microsoft 365 provides built-in security features such as mobile device management and Windows Defender to help keep your business secure anytime, anywhere, and on any device.
And to top it all off, Microsoft 365 can help simplify your technology management billing. I know finance departments love taking care of technology billing, but I am pretty sure they won't mind having the operating system, email, office 365 suite, and security application all under ONE license and management console.
Need more specific information?
Check out a summary of the Microsoft 365 value offerings: