Microsoft 365 vs. Office 365: Everything you need to know

Have you heard? Office 365 is becoming Microsoft 365. While the shift is mainly a name change, the new name represents Microsoft’s evolving focus on tools that serve small and large organizations, as well as families and individual people. Office 365 has seen a lot of change since its 2011 launch, which means it’s about time for an updated name.

Microsoft 365 will represent an evolved product with broader tools like AI technology and cloud computing. Learn more about the name change, including which product names are changing and what it all means for your business.

What is Office 365?

Office 365 was a subscription service and cloud-based suite of apps that ensured users always had the newest productivity tools from Microsoft. It came with a range of plans for small businesses and larger enterprises.

When most people hear the name Office 365, they think of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. While these remain to be excellent offerings for individuals, families, and businesses large and small, Office 365 has never stopped evolving and growing to include a vast array of other innovations since 2011. To better represent these new offerings, including pioneering AI and cloud technology, Office 365 is rebranding to become Microsoft 365.

If you’re worried that the Office 365 features and plans you’ve been researching or have already come to rely on are going to become a lot more expensive, don’t fret—the prices and features of Office 365 are not changing.

Some of the plans will receive a name change, while other Office 365 Enterprise plans will still be offered.

  • Office 365 Business Essentials is now Microsoft 365 Business Basic
  • Office 365 Business Premium is now Microsoft 365 Business Standard
  • Microsoft 365 Business is now Microsoft 365 Business Premium
  • Office 365 Business and Office 365 ProPlus are now Microsoft 365 Apps.

    Microsoft will be using the For Business and For Enterprise labels where necessary to distinguish between the two.

  • Office 365 for Enterprise: versions E1, E3, and E5 will not see any change.

What is Microsoft 365?

Microsoft 365 is the same suite of tools you’ve come to trust and rely on, only with an updated name that suits the broad spectrum of products and powerful solutions..

Microsoft 365 offers a bundle of Microsoft products, including the newest web versions of Office, the Windows 10 operating system, and Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security—a suite of state of the art intelligent security and management apps.

Microsoft 365 vs. Office 365

At this point, the major difference between Microsoft 365 and Office 365 is the name, but they are also introducing new and expanding existing capabilities to their apps.

Microsoft is using the name change to enhance their tools and bring the product to people inside and outside of the office. The Microsoft Teams messaging and collaboration tool is now available to everyone so that it can be utilized by offices as well as families and friends.

Microsoft 365 for business: which plan is right for you?

Microsoft 365 plans:

  • Microsoft 365 Business (Basic, Standard, Premium)
  • Microsoft 365 Enterprise (E3, E5, F3)

Microsoft 365 Business Basic is best for businesses that need Microsoft Teams and cloud storage. Web and mobile versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are included, but Desktop versions of Office apps are not. Services included are SharePoint, Exchange, OneDrive, and Teams.

Microsoft 365 Business Standard is best for businesses that need Office apps across devices, plus business email, cloud file storage, and online meetings and chat. This plan offers access to Outlook, Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. If your business uses PC, Publisher and Access are also offered. Services included are SharePoint, Exchange, OneDrive, and Teams.

Microsoft 365 Business Premium is best for businesses that need everything that’s included in the Business Standard plan, plus advanced cyberthreat protection and device management with Intune and Azure Information Protection.

Microsoft 365 E3 offers state of the art productivity apps with core security and compliance capabilities as well as intelligent cloud services. It comes with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, SharePoint, OneDrive, Microsoft Teams, and Microsoft Stream—which allows you to upload, view, organize, and share videos securely online within your organization.

Microsoft 365 E5 offers just what E3 does, but with audio conferencing and calling capabilities in the cloud, extended identity and threat protection, advanced compliance, and Power BI. Plus, if you have a large organization, Audio Conferencing enables you to hold meetings with up to 250 people at once.

Take a deeper look at Microsoft 365 Holistic Security.

Microsoft 365 F3 (formerly 365 F1) is designed for Firstline Workers. It enhances business processes with customized apps and workflow automation that save time as well as money. It comes with office and mobile apps for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and Teams, providing your workers with a secure, connected experience.

Migrating to Microsoft 365

Remember, if you’re already using Office 365 for business, there’s no need for you to migrate. The rebranding was automatic. So if you were using Office 365 Business Essentials, you are already using Microsoft 365 Business Basic.

If you are considering making the switch to Microsoft products, read our comparison of Microsoft Office 365 vs. GSuite and reach out to our team to learn more about what Microsoft 365 features can do to improve your business functions.
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