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The difference between Microsoft 365 and Office 365

The difference between Microsoft 365 and Office 365

With similar sounding names, it’s easy to understand why there is still some confusion around the differences between Office 365 and the more recently released Microsoft 365.

Designed with small to medium size businesses in mind, Microsoft 365 is a bundled solution of existing products under the one licence.  It includes all the cloud services and apps you’re already familiar with under Office 365, plus several security features to protect your employees, your data and your customer information.

One of the most significant advantages of Microsoft 365 for small businesses is its Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), a cloud-based filtering service that not only performs anti-phishing, anti-malware and anti-spams on receipt of the email, but continues to monitor and protect against dodgy links and attachments inside users mailboxes. Automatically investigating and responding to attacks, ATP not only gives business owners peace of mind, but the service is easy to deploy and manage. 

Another big difference between the two services, is that Microsoft 365 allows businesses to protect their company data by managing company owned and BYO devices used to access company data through Intune. The cloud-based tool not only allows IT admins to restrict access to company information from selected devices, but it can also set different levels of restriction based on the user or location.

Intune also allows businesses to specify security rules, such as forcing MFA for certain scenarios or blocking access from certain geographical locations entirely.

With security threats on the rise, and businesses relying on mobile devices more and more, Microsoft 365 definitely takes things a step further by helping organisations address their security and compliance requirements. Businesses not only save money from purchasing a bundled package, but reduce the burden on IT and increase employee productivity.

If you’d like to learn more about the many features included in Microsoft 365 Business, schedule a free consultation with us!

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