Is Microsoft 365 the Same as Office 365?

Consistency is the name of the game, and when it comes to naming, Microsoft is King. Unfortunately, with such similar names as Office 365 and Microsoft 365, there is a great deal of confusion on the differences between the offerings. This month, we will compare and contrast Office 365 vs. Microsoft 365. We will break down the high-level differences between the two Microsoft offerings, the difference in pricing, which product will benefit your business, a glossary of terms involved with both offerings, and an essential Q and A regarding both Microsoft 365 and Office 365. Today, we will stay high-level and look and the key differences between the two Microsoft offerings.

To begin, almost all of us know of Office 365. Office 365 is the cloud-based compilation of business-based productivity tools which was released in 2011. It includes well-known Microsoft Office applications and hosted email as well as the lesser-known, SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive, and many more. Office 365 is a monthly subscription, and there are multiple plans to choose from, and each user can have a different plan.

Microsoft 365 includes all aspects of Office 365 Business Premium. In addition, it adds in a security layer (Enterprise Mobility and Security), Identity Management (Azure Active Directory), and machine learning, which runs across all applications. Microsoft 365 also reduces your need for on-premise hardware as it manages identity (Active Directory) on the Microsoft Azure platform. As for security and productivity, this selection offers the tools to complete the job, making it the ultimate choice for efficiency and productivity.


Both offerings have their place in office settings, although Microsoft 365 is the more cost-effective, all-encompassing solution. To learn more about the differences between Office 365 and Microsoft 365 and which option would benefit your office environment, continue following our blogs and, as always, reach out to our Pendello team of business technology associates. Our team can break down the differences and how they will affect your business.

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