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What is Microsoft Office 365?

What is Office 365?

Office 365 is a solution that has been heavily marketed by Microsoft, but in our experience many business decision makers are confused.  The most common questions we are asked about this product are ‘what is it?’ and ‘what are benefits for my business?’

The name itself is confusing, most people see the words Microsoft Office and immediately think of Word, Excel etc. installed on their computer.  In fact Office 365 is a combination of Microsoft’s web services (previously the snappily called ‘Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite’) and new subscription based model for the Microsoft Office Desktop Suite (Word, Excel etc.).

Microsoft Web Services include Exchange Online, Lync (soon be rebranded Skype for Business), SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business.

A Microsoft Office Desktop Subscription is linked to a single user, who can then install the Office Suite on five devices that they use.  When a new version of the Office Suite is released (due 2nd half 2015), there is no additional cost to upgrade.

There is a wide range of Office 365 plans available for both consumers and businesses, but MT Services have found that the following four plans fit most requirements. These plans can be mixed to suit your requirements on a per user basis.


Office 365 Business Essentials

Microsoft Web Services

Office 365 Business

Microsoft Office Desktop Subscription

Office 365 Business Premium

Microsoft Office Desktop Subscription & Microsoft Web Services

Office 365 Enterprise E3

Microsoft Office incl. Access Desktop Subscription with Terminal Server install rights & Microsoft Web Services

Find out how MT Services use Office 365?

Neil Norton