Do you really know what Microsoft 365 is?

January 29, 2020, MOQdigital

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At Microsoft Ignite in mid-2017, Microsoft announced Microsoft 365. Given the prevalence of terms like “365” or “Azure” within the Microsoft portfolio, you may have dismissed the announcement, assuming a similarity with Office 365 and not needing to look into it further. With so much change in the technology landscape, it’s easy to miss new announcements, but this one is worth taking a few minutes to understand.

Reduce costs with M365

If you currently have at least two of the following:

  • Windows 10
  • Office 365
  • Enterprise Mobility and Security (EM+S) licenses

There is a fair chance that implementing Microsoft 365 will save you money, or at least give you more products to meet growing business demand for the same spend.

Microsoft 365 is a license “SKU” that bundles Windows 10, Office 365 and EM+S together. When talking about cost, if you currently license Windows 10 and Office 365 separately, implementing Microsoft 365 won’t be a radically different cost, but you will get EM+S features to bolster your mobility and security. If you do currently license all three separately, Microsoft 365 will definitely save you money.

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It’s important to note that Microsoft 365 isn’t one-size-fits-all either, there are three subscriptions to choose from, with a couple of options inside them, too:

Microsoft 365 Enterprise 

M365 Enterprise if for 300 or more users, and comes in two licence types:

  • E3
  • E5

If you are familiar with Office 365 and/or EM+S you will probably understand what the E3 and E5 licences provide. You can find out more here.

Microsoft 365 Business 

For small and medium sized businesses with less than 300 users, but still need the right tools to deliver great experiences for their customers. Unfortunately, you only have one licence option with the Business subscription. You can find out more here

Microsoft 365 Education

With M365 for Education, subscribing all your educators, faculty and staff allows all students to leverage the products and services for free. You also have the most licence choices:

  • A1
  • A2
  • A3

You can find out more here

Preparing for a modern workplace

If you are just starting to prepare for your Modern Workplace upgrade, have a renewal coming up, or are looking to add EM+S to your existing Office 365, we recommend considering your M365 options. While meeting current requirements for your business, it is also the flagship license model that Microsoft include “use rights” in for new features and functions that they bring to market.

If you’re interested to find out more please get in touch with us today.