In our work with small-to-medium businesses across New Zealand, we receive a lot of enquiries about Microsoft 365 – the most common being “What is it, and should I be considering it for my business?” We’ve helped navigate the setup of Microsoft 365 for businesses in Christchurch, Dunedin, Tauranga and across the country. The majority of these businesses have previously invested in the legacy off-the-shelf Microsoft products available from retailers, so they’re usually familiar with the programmes on offer; in this blog we’ll look to give you a little more background on how Microsoft 365 differs from the Microsoft package you may currently be using.
Microsoft 365 is the subscription version of Microsoft’s long-running Office suite of software. In this Software as a Service model, Microsoft products are accessed online via a subscription with regular payments, rather than being physically bought and installed on individual computers. Microsoft 365 was first launched in 2011, and its sales overtook those of the conventional licence model near the end of 2017. Most of Microsoft’s major competitors in this area have made the move to subscription models, and the current market leader, Google’s G-suite, was developed as a cloud-based solution from the outset. So it’s safe to say Software as a Service has become the norm for office productivity apps.