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Microsoft 365 vs. Office 365: What’s the difference?

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

Microsoft 365 vs. Office 365: What’s the difference?

There is a lot to be said for consistency in product names, but when you have dozens of products with multiple versions of each, similar names can get confusing fast. Yes, Microsoft we are referring to you …

Microsoft introduced Microsoft 365, a bundle of existing products under one license. The name is similar to the already existing Office 365 (and the recently renamed Dynamics 365). In fact, a lot of people already inadvertently called Office 365 by the name of Microsoft 365.

So, it’s easy to see how the two products can be confused. It gets even more confusing when you learn Microsoft 365 includes Office 365.

Let’s break down the differences:

The Short Version

Office 365 is a cloud-based suite of productivity apps like Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and more. Microsoft 365 is a bundle of services including Office 365, plus several other services including Windows 10 Enterprise.

The Long Version

Office 365

Office 365 is a cloud-based suite of apps and services centred around business productivity. It includes some apps you’re probably already familiar with like Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Skype for Business, SharePoint, OneDrive and Teams, along with robust productivity, collaboration, and security features. 

Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365 is a bundle of services that includes Office 365. It also includes Windows 10 Enterprise, Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS), and machine learning. As the title implies, it’s more geared towards larger organisations that wants a single, secure platform with which to share and collaborate. It includes strong data security features on top of Windows 10 Pro and Office 365.

What’s included in Microsoft 365 in comparison to Office 365?

Both products come with the ability to have fully installed Office applications on tablets, phones and PCs, as well as the web browser versions. You get 1TB of personal file storage, as well as business class email and calendars. You also have access to Skype for Business for instant messaging and video calling, as well as Microsoft Teams and other new tools like Delve and Planner.

The differences begin with device management. Unlike Office 365, Microsoft 365 comes with a single console to manage users and devices. You can also automatically deploy Office applications to Windows 10 PCs.

The security tools are also missing from Office 365. The alternative comes with the ability to protect data across devices and secure access. You can also protect Windows 10 devices from risks such as malware with Windows Defender.  


Learn more about SharePoint

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Only two months remain of this year, but if you’re still up for learning SharePoint, here’s your opportunity. 

On 31 October and 1 November a SharePoint level 1 two-day course will be presented for all SharePoint owners, as well as those who might be using this platform in the near future. 

During the two day course you will use, create, and edit content in a team website. You will also create and perform basic management of a team site using SharePoint Foundation 2010. This course is designed for individuals who will need to access information on a Microsoft SharePoint team site or for individuals who may need to create and manage a team website.


Introducing Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010
Working with Lists
Working with Libraries
Communicating with Team Members
Working Remotely with SharePoint Content
Customizing Your SharePoint Environment
Creating a Team Site
Performing Basic Site Administration
Branding a Site Collection
Managing Lists
Managing Libraries
Managing Form Libraries
Managing Content Structures
Managing Workflows
Working with Indexing and Searching
Working Offline Using SharePoint Workspace 2010
Managing the SharePoint Applications Using Central Administration
Managing User Access
Managing Site Security
Managing Site Usage
Managing Site Maintenance

If you’re still typing with two fingers, you can improve your typing speed and skill by attending the Typing course on 8 November in Stellenbosch at the CTU offices.

To enroll, just follow these easy steps. No registrations can unfortunately be done by the IT Service Desk on behalf of staff.


To infinity and beyond: The new generation ECM is here

Friday, May 11th, 2012


So what is ECM?

Enterprise Content Management (ECM) is the strategies, methods and tools used to capture, manage, store, preserve, and deliver content and documents related to organizational processes. ECM covers the management of information within the entire scope of an enterprise whether that information is in the form of a paper document, an electronic file, a database print stream, or even an email.

Ok, so what does this actually mean and how will it make my life easier? ECM will simplify your workday in the following ways:

–          Less paper to file and organise. At last the paperless office!

–          Keeping track of all you documents. Documents will be in one central place, not on pc’s of four different people.

–          Better compliancy

–          Accessible from anywhere – whether you’re on holiday in Margate or sitting in a boardroom in Cape Town.

–          No more confusion when it comes to too many versions of critical documents. Gone are the days of last minute confusion before a meeting to find the latest version of your document.

–          Easy to retrieve. No more heaps of paper to sort through or disorganised folders on your pc.

–          Safety of documents not on site in case of fire.

The concept of ECM isn’t an entirely new one on campus. At the moment SharePoint Team sites are used to a lesser extent as a tool. However to make full use of the advantages of ECM, a whole new generation of SharePoint will be implemented shortly.

This implementation is the first step of a bigger project which will, at a later stage, also include Business Intelligence. On a more practical level this platform will also be used to host the websites on campus.

Through the whole process IT will be communicating the development of the project to campus and there will be ample opportunity for all those currently involved in team sites to attend training days. For other interested parties information sessions will be held to give a broader overview of the project.


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