Benefits of Upgrading from Office 365 to Microsoft 365?
The software platforms you choose to use in your business have a major impact on your company’s bottom line, more now than ever before. Technology can either make your life easier and enable your team to do more in less time or it can get in the way and slow you down.
One of the most successful cloud platforms ever is Office 365. By user count, the platform is the most popular cloud service in the world. It’s no surprise, seeing that Office has been a mainstay in companies since computers first started being installed on desks. Its evolution to the cloud has further enhanced its benefits while also allowing users to enjoy the transformative advantages of cloud services.
The next level in Microsoft’s support of office and workflow evolutions is to bring out Microsoft 365. This adds on important tools to your Office 365 subscription as well as support for the Windows 10 operating system that most offices are already using.
Is an upgrade the right choice for your small or medium-sized business? How much more does Microsoft 365 cost and what’s included? Read on to get the details you need to make an informed decision.
Your Microsoft 365 Questions Answered
Many people wonder if Microsoft 365 is an entirely different platform or if it’s just a name change for Office 365. Neither is the case. We’ll answer that question first, then go into other frequently asked questions about Microsoft 365.
What Exactly Is Microsoft 365?
Take Office 365 and add on more advanced security features, Windows 10 Pro, and a powerful mobile device management software, and you’ve got Microsoft 365. It packages the popular productivity tools in Office 365 with other features that have become increasingly vital in today’s business environment.
For example, 71% of workers spend over two hours per week accessing company information from a mobile device. This means security nightmares if you’re not properly managing all those devices.
In a nutshell, Microsoft 365 includes:
- Office 365 Business Premium
- Windows 10 Pro
- Advanced security features
- Microsoft Intune for mobile and laptop device management
What’s the Price Difference Between Office 365 and Microsoft 365?
Pricing is a little over AU$10.00 more per user per month for Microsoft 365 Business as compared to Office 365 Business Premium. Enterprise versions are also available. Here is the current pricing, not including GST.
- Office 365 Business Premium: AU$17.20/user/month
- Microsoft 365 Business: AU$27.50/user/month
What’s the benefits of Microsoft 365 and what Additional Security Features Are Included?
The security of your IT infrastructure ties in directly to your business continuity. Most of a company’s business assets, like contracts and other documents, customer records, financial records, and marketing collateral, are all in digital format. This makes them vulnerable to cyber threats and data breaches, which can devastate a company.
60% of small businesses that have suffered a data breach, go out of business within 6 months.
The increased need for data security that keeps up with the most emergent threats is addressed in Microsoft 365’s added advanced security, which includes things like:
- Protection from phishing attacks and Zero-day threats through Office 365 Advanced Protection
- Ability to remotely wipe lost or stolen devices (mobiles and laptops running Windows 10)
- Ability to restrict copying or saving files to unauthorised apps and locations
- Complete file control through “Do Not Forward” and “Do Not Copy” restrictions
- Windows Defender Exploit Guard to apply pre-breach protections
- Ability to enforce malware protections of all your Windows 10 devices
Do I Really Need the Mobile Device Management App?
Possibly the biggest reason for upgrading to Microsoft 365 is the mobile device management application Intune. Today, companies don’t really have the ability to ignore the need to manage employee mobile devices any longer because they’ve become ingrained in our workflows.
As cloud technologies have increasingly been adopted, so has the use of smartphone, tablets and laptops to access them. They’ve now become “workstations” in their own right and have access to all the same types of data that desktop computers do, so they need to be managed similarly to ensure security.
Microsoft Intune, the mobile device manager that comes with Microsoft 365, gives you the ability to easily manage both company-owned and employee-owned devices. It allows separation when using a BYOD policy to allow for the employee’s privacy on their device and the security needed to control its access to company apps and data.
Some of the features include:
- Ability to apply security policies across all devices (iOS, Android, and Windows PCs)
- Configure devices to automatically install Office and Windows 10 updates
- Use a setup wizard to configure important security features
- Ability to remotely block or grant access to company applications
- Find, lock, or wipe devices that are lost or stolen
- Monitor app usage across devices to gain valuable insights
Need Expert Microsoft Office Support?
GKM2 can help your office with your current Office 365 or with an upgrade to Microsoft 365. We offer custom cloud service setup, data migration when moving to Office 365 or Microsoft 365, and can answer all your questions about upgrading.
Contact us today to unlock the untapped potential of your Office applications. Call +61 2 9161 7171 or reach us online.