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

https://www.onmsft.com/feature/whats-the-difference-between-office-365-and-microsoft-365
https://www.acutec.co.uk/blog/difference-between-microsoft-365-office-365/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-xklz9G0qk
https://www.avepoint.com/blog/office-365/ms365-vs-o365/
https://lazyadmin.nl/office-365/microsoft-365-vs-office-365/

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 

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 "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

Hello, aero2466. If you want to get desktop apps like Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, this is the first question you will probably ask, so I understand.

 

The main factors that will likely help you make the decision have to do with the price and also the features available in both of the options.

 

With Office 365 you can pay a one-time fee, and you have a perpetual or lifetime license. The Home & Student version is the most affordable one.

 

Still, you get only the apps to work with, and you don't get a complete package of additional features and services like with a Microsoft 365 subscription license. They are Enterprise Mobility and Security, MS Office Suite, and Windows 10 Pro.

 

What I can recommend to an average user is Office 365 (perpetual one-time-payment license). What is highly suggested to enterprise users is the Microsoft 365 + Microsoft 365 data backup tool from NAKIVO to have the recovery option for the cases of unpredictable system issues or glitches connected with ransomware.

 

Here you can find a great article that can give you a more detailed answer to your question.

 

Hope it helps!

@victor2210 

 

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).

 

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Best, Chris