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Microsoft introduced Microsoft 365, a bundle of existing products under one license, geared towards businesses. The name is similar to the already existing Office 365 (and the recently renamed Dynamics 365). So, it’s easy to see how the two products can be confused. It gets even more confusing when you learn Microsoft 365 includes Office 365.

Office 365

Office 365 is a cloud-based suite of apps and services cantered around business productivity. It includes some apps you’re probably already familiar with like Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

Depending on the plan you get, subscriptions also include apps and services like:

  • Skype for Business
  • SharePoint
  • OneDrive
  • Teams
  • Yammer
  • Planner

The most popular Office365 plan purchased by our clients is the E3 license.

Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365 is a bundle of services that includes Office 365. It also includes Windows 10 Enterprise, Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS), and machine learning.

Like Office 365, there are multiple plans to choose from depending on your needs. You can view more information about Microsoft 365 Business here and compare the Microsoft 365 Enterprise plans here.

The services included in Microsoft 365 are also available as separate licenses. If you can’t find a plan that fits your needs, you can still achieve close to the same results by buying licenses for all the.

Deciding What is Right for Your Business

Deciding whether you should get Office 365 or Microsoft 365 for your business can be a little tricky. If you’re already using all the separate pieces, then switching over to the combined Microsoft 365 license is an easy yes.

If you’re not already using all the separate components of Microsoft 365, it can be a little tricky to figure out if it’s worth it and if so, which plan to get.

The first question to ask yourself is, do you need everything included in Microsoft 365? Microsoft 365 is a bundle of already existing services, so if you don’t need everything in it, you may be better off buying what you need separately.

If you do need everything in Microsoft 365, the next step is to choose a specific license (or licenses – like Office 365, you can mix and match plans). You can compare licenses in the links above. Unity can also help you choose which license is the best fit for your organization.

One thing to note is that the M365 Business subscription is cheaper than the O365 E3 plan – and you therefore get a lot more value for your investment.

Contact sales@unity.ie for more information.