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Which One? Microsoft 365 or Office 365?

Technology can be a love/hate relationship. It can make your personal and work-life much easier and can help complete work faster. It can also slowly nudge you towards throwing your laptop or mobile device into the ocean when it doesn’t work or when an upgrade is overly confusing. And, when the terminology used for a given tool closely matches a component within said tool, well, let’s just say the ocean idea doesn’t feel like a bad one—for example, Microsoft 365 and Office 365.

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What Is Microsoft 365?

Microsoft 365 is a bundle of services. The bundle includes Office 365 (don’t throw things in the ocean yet!), Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security. Microsoft 365 is like a basket that then holds other products.

So, what is Office 365?

Office 365 is a set of cloud-based business applications. Things like OneDrive, SharePoint, Exchange, and Office Applications are contained within Office 365. It is basically email, and the office suite offered as a cloud service.

How Does Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security Fit It?

Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security are part of the basket that is Microsoft 365. Windows 10 is the latest operating system and includes some useful extras like BitLocker and Windows Defender Antivirus. Enterprise Mobility + Security is a suite of tools that adds layers of protection. These tools can make it easier to manage both your personal and work devices safely.

Do I Need Microsoft 365 Or Can I Get By With Office 365?

It depends on your business need. Yes, it’s one of those “it depends” situations. If your business needs the Office applications only (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, SharePoint, Exchange, etc.), then you will likely be set with Office 365. If your business is looking for Office applications, an operating system, a way to manage users and devices and protecting data across devices, then it is time to look at Microsoft 365. For the long term, though, Microsoft 365 is the better choice as it integrates more security protections helping to reduce the impact of phishing and related hacking attempts for roughly the same investment as Office 365 licensing costs.

Regardless of the Microsoft plan you choose, be sure to implement two-factor authentication using the new OAuth authentication process along with conditional access mechanisms. This will reduce your company’s risk from hacking by a large degree.

What About Migrating Data?

Once you determine what is right for your business, the fun really begins (again, avoid throwing things in the ocean). Regardless of what you choose, Microsoft 365 or simply Office 365, the migration process is generally straightforward. Yes, migrating email, calendars, and contact data from your current environment over to Microsoft 365/Office 365 is fairly seamless.  As long as you have the right migration toolset. And there are multiple approaches to migrate the data: native, cutover, staged, hybrid deployment, and third-party. The migration method you proceed with depends on your current set-up.  What data you plan on moving.  And if you plan to move the data at one time or in stages.  Yes that was another it depends answer.

One Piece Of Clear Info, Please!

Here’s the good news. You do not need to be a 365 whiz to decide what your business should do (aren’t you glad you didn’t throw something in the ocean?). There are I.T. consultants and suppliers out there that have “studied” Microsoft 365 and Office 365 and know them pretty much inside and out. Which means they know the questions to ask you to make an informed decision on what is right for your business. The even better n

So, step away from the ocean, put your devices back in your pocket, purse, or bag, and contact a Microsoft/Office 365 pro. It will not only save you some stress, but it will upgrade your business to the cloud.  It will incorporate a number of features that make your organization’s day-to-day activity run smoother