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Monday, February 11, 2019

What Is Microsoft 365? Unpacking Microsoft’s Newest Subscription Solution

Microsoft has long dominated the productivity software space. Its flagship cloud application suite, Office 365, has more than 120 million commercial monthly users.

But technology is changing fast, and security concerns are at an all-time high. Businesses have traditionally struggled to secure their Office 365 applications and integrate them with other device management and compliance tools.

Enter Microsoft’s new desktop solution: Microsoft 365. This new bundled subscription offers organizations a modern platform for integrating and securing their core Microsoft products, including Office 365.

What is Microsoft 365, and how does it fit into your current technology environment? In this blog, we’ll cover everything you need to know about Microsoft’s new desktop solution, from subscription types to training.

What Is Microsoft 365?

Microsoft 365 (M365) is a bundled subscription service that includes Windows 10, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS). With Microsoft 365, customers get scalable cloud services, device management and security in one integrated package.

Microsoft 365 is ideal for businesses that want to manage workplace productivity through a single solution. The subscription offers these core products together, which now integrate seamlessly to streamline management and collaboration tasks.

There are two main types of Microsoft 365 bundles to choose from: Microsoft 365 Business and Microsoft 365 Enterprise.


What Is Microsoft 365 Business?

This bundle is designed for small and medium-sized businesses with fewer than 300 users. With M365 Business, companies get Office 365 plus basic security and mobile device management (MDM) features.

Microsoft 365 Business includes:

  • Office 365 (running on Windows 10)
  • Basic security features, including threat detection, information protection policies and continuous data backup
  • Mobile device management across multiple platforms, including Windows, Android, macOS and iOS.
  • Windows AutoPilot

What Is Microsoft 365 Enterprise?

For large organizations with more intricate IT needs, Microsoft 365 Enterprise offers a broader selection of data security and mobility management capabilities. M365 Enterprise comes in three tiers: E5, E3 and F1.

Microsoft 365 Enterprise E5

  • Office 365
  • Every threat protection tool
  • Advanced compliance and analytics tools

Microsoft 365 Enterprise E3

  • Office 365
  • Basic threat protection tools
  • Basic analytics tools

Microsoft 365 F1

  • Office 365 apps minus Access
  • Basic threat protection tools
  • (Compliance and analytics not included)

M365 Enterprise E5 offers the full spectrum of features within Microsoft 365. It includes every threat protection tool for Windows, Office 365 and Azure. It also provides advanced compliance and analytics tools that aren’t available with E3 or F1.

M365 Enterprise E3 gives you access to core products and features in Microsoft 365. The subscription includes limited threat protection tools, including Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics and Windows Defender Antivirus, and device management tools like Intune and Windows AutoPilot.

Microsoft 365 F1 is geared toward first-line workers, such as customer service and support staff. The F1 tier comes with standard Office 365 applications and limited threat protection tools, including Device Guard and Windows Defender Antivirus.

What Are the Benefits of Migrating to Microsoft 365?

If you already have an Office 365 subscription, why should you bother migrating to Microsoft 365?

Microsoft 365 gives you all the Office 365 applications you know and love, plus additional security, data loss prevention and compliance tools – services you’d normally need to purchase elsewhere.

By switching to Microsoft 365, you can avoid the hassle of managing and purchasing services from multiple providers and focus more resources on running your business. Plus, it doesn’t cost much more than your current Office 365 subscription.

Shifting to Microsoft 365 also streamlines administrative processes. When you rely on different applications that don’t integrate naturally, managing users and tasks can become a tedious process.

Using Microsoft 365, admins can create policies, monitor threats and manage devices through a single console in the M365 admin center.

Microsoft 365 Training

When you decide to adopt a new productivity tool, learning how to properly implement, manage and maintain it should be the first step.

Microsoft recently launched new training courses and certifications to help business users and IT administrators prepare to shift to Microsoft 365.


Microsoft 365 Fundamentals Certification

If your company recently adopted or is planning to adopt Microsoft 365, this certification is a great starting point. It’s perfect for business users or administrators who will be working with Microsoft 365 applications and want an introduction to its cloud services. 

The Microsoft 365 Fundamentals certification introduces the cloud service offerings available in Microsoft 365 and the benefits of adopting cloud services.

In this course, you will:

  • Gain an overview of cloud computing and Microsoft cloud services
  • Learn about Microsoft Azure
  • Discuss the differences between Office 365 and Microsoft 365
  • Get an in-depth introduction to Microsoft 365, including its cloud services, enterprise mobility and collaboration tools
  • Analyze the security, compliance and privacy features in Microsoft 365

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Once you have a foundational understanding of Microsoft 365, there are several certification paths you can take to continue learning.

Microsoft offers a collection of role-based certifications for Microsoft 365 administrators. These certifications are ideal for IT administrators who want to hone their skills in Microsoft 365 and master specific job duties.

Browse the certifications below to determine which path is right for you.


Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator

This certification is geared toward administrators responsible for deploying, configuring, securing, managing and monitoring devices and applications in an enterprise environment.

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Microsoft 365 Certified: Security Administrator Associate

This path is perfect for security administrators who implement and manage security, compliance and data privacy in Microsoft 365.

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Microsoft 365 Certified: Teamwork Administrator Associate

This teamwork-focused certification is geared toward administrators responsible for Office 365 workloads based around efficient and effective collaboration, including SharePoint, OneDrive and Teams.

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Microsoft 365 Certified: Messaging Administrator Associate

The target audience for this certification is administrators who deploy, configure and manage messaging infrastructure, permissions, client access, mail protection and mail flow.

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Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert

This expert-level certification is ideal for administrators in large companies who evaluate, plan, migrate and deploy Microsoft 365 services at the enterprise level.

As a prerequisite, you need to earn one of the associate-level Microsoft 365 certifications mentioned above.

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Prepare to Migrate to Microsoft 365 With New Horizons

Upgrading your productivity suite is an essential step in keeping your business relevant and competitive. Microsoft 365 offers all the tools that modern businesses need to collaborate, stay secure and manage their cloud solutions.

As the world’s largest IT training provider, New Horizons offers the most up-to-date training courses for Microsoft 365.

Whether you need an introduction to Microsoft 365’s cloud services or want to master its security tools, New Horizons offers the training you need to set your Microsoft 365 environment up for success.

Ready to get started? Browse New Horizons training courses now.

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