What is the difference between Office 365 and Microsoft 365?

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Hello everyone!

Just started to learn Microsoft cloud platform (most interest in Office 365 products), but on some Microsoft resources i found name "Microsoft 365", are this names means the same? Or there is difference between this two? Can't found any clear description.

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Hi @aero2466

There is a difference between Office 365 and Microsoft 365. Office 365 is a set of cloud based business applications like Exchange, Office Apps, SharePoint, OneDrive. It is a part of Microsoft 365. Microsoft 365 is Office 365 with Windows 10 (OS) and the Enterprise Mobility Suite (Suite of Security and Management apps).

Lots of information on this in articles online including


Hope that helps and answers your question!

Best, Chris
To add: not all Microsoft 365 include Windows 10. Microsoft 365 Basic, for example.

This is just even more confusing, I got a message on my Computer saying: Microsoft 365 is the new Office 365. I pay a yearly Subs of $129 or something for Office 365 with 5 licences but does anyone have any concrete idea of what that gives me now with MS 365? Is that price going to up without any additional benefit? I already have so many WIN Pro licences anyway.
Why can't they do what Apple does with a free macOS (that is STABLE, does not need daily updates) and has PAGES, NUMBERS, KEYNOTE and MAIL included for free?

@JJJ123 Please refer https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/microsoft-365/office-365 


 "We changed the name to be more reflective of the range of features and benefits in the subscription, to meet the unique needs of individuals and businesses."


"Microsoft 365 includes everything you know in Office 365. Microsoft 365 is designed to help people and businesses achieve more with innovative Office apps, intelligent cloud services, and world-class security."


Hello, @Christopher Hoard 


So, I can not use Microsoft 365 on Windows server 2019 right?



@victor2210 You can install Office apps part of Microsoft 365 on Server 2019



Correct, you have been able to run on Win Server since 2019, here is the original article


Windows Server 2019 adds support for Office 365 ProPlus - Microsoft Windows Server Blog


Here is the specifications, for Microsoft 365 plans see


Microsoft 365 and Office Resources


Operating system


Windows OS: Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016


macOS: One of the three most recent versions of macOS. When a new major version of macOS is released, the macOS and the previous two versions.


For the best experience, use the most current build of any operating system specified above. Product functionality and feature availability may vary on older systems (Search Microsoft Lifecycle Policy).




Best, Chris

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