M365 VS Office365 What’s the Difference? [2023]

calendar iconJuly 11, 2021

We know that you’ve been scratching your heads and stroking your chins when it comes to understanding the difference between the very similar names used to call this infamous solution. 
The M365 and Microsoft Office 365 both help you work effectively however they’re different in many ways. Whether you are a small business owner or IT manager, it’s important to understand the differences in order to better plan your business needs

Microsoft 365, office 365, m365… which one is it? Are they all the same thing?

Short Answer: No they are not the same thing. 

Long Answer: 

Office 365 includes apps such as Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, along with services such as Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint, and Microsoft Teams.

On the other hand, Microsoft 365 is a cloud-based service that brings together best-in-class productivity apps from Office 365 with advanced device management, intelligent security, and innovative online services.

As of April 21, 2020, Office 365 became Microsoft 365. The official branding of Microsoft’s productivity suite has changed from Office 365 to just Microsoft 365. 

The purpose of the new branding or naming strategy supports Microsoft’s desired positioning for the solution and that is to provide a single comprehensive productivity platform for businesses & enterprises. 

The name change has caused a great deal of confusion across the board, but the good news is that the actual plans and subscriptions remain exactly the same.

To better understand the plans and packages with their new naming conventions have a look at tech republic’s  breakdown of Microsoft 365 for business.