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Microsoft 365 vs Office 365: What You Need to Know

Getting to grips with Microsoft products can be a challenge – the software giant does tend to give very similar names to its vast range of products, which does cause confusion. Most notably, Microsoft 365, their total product package, gets used to describe Office 365, their cloud-based office productivity suite.

As a business, it’s important to know and understand the difference between these two products as the capabilities are different and understanding these will help you make the correct decision as to what is best suited to your business’s needs.

Office 365: the cloud-based productivity suite

Office 365 offers a range of products to help your business run smoothly and seamlessly. Via a monthly or annual subscription, you’re able to access the following tools to help you produce documents, connect your teams, communicate, share information and more:

  • Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote
  • OneDrive
  • Outlook
  • SharePoint
  • Skype for Business
  • Yammer
  • Exchange
  • Access (PC only)
  • Publisher (PC only)
  • Microsoft Teams

You can access these products by cloud or on-premise, and there are various business and enterprise level subscription licenses available to suit the size of your team, and your budget.

Microsoft 365: the comprehensive bundle that includes Office 365

Where Office 365 is a range of applications that help business productivity, Microsoft 365 is the complete solution that significantly enhances networking capabilities and secure working within organisations and teams.

Microsoft 365 entails an all-in-one bundle that includes:

  • All Office 365 applications
  • Windows 10 Pro upgrade
  • Enterprise Mobility + Security

There are three main versions of Microsoft 365 including Business, Enterprise and Education, and within each of these there are different levels with various capabilities.

For more information on Microsoft’s solutions, advice on what products would suit your business needs best, and support with any IT-related queries contact Cambridge Support on 01223 921 000 or