Frequently Asked Questions for Microsoft 365

What is the difference between Office 365 and Microsoft 365?

Microsoft Office 365 is a suite of cloud-based productivity applications such as Microsoft Office, SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive, Yammer, OneNote, etc. Microsoft 365 however is a combination of services that blends together Office 365, Windows 10 OS, and Enterprise Mobility + Security.

Watch this short infocast of our Modern Workplace Specialist, Andrew MacKenzie explaining the difference between the two Microsoft products. 

What is the difference between Microsoft 365 Business Basic, Standard, and Premium?

The biggest difference lies in the availability of desktop applications and security features. M365 Basic still only offers web-based applications. Both M365 Standard and Premium allow users to locally install Office apps. However, Premium has additional advanced security and device management features. For a complete comparison of the features, visit this page.

I’ve migrated to Microsoft 365. What other apps can I use in my subscription?

Available on your Microsoft 365 Business or Enterprise subscription are several useful productivity apps that can help make work a lot easier for you. Apart from the popular and often-used Microsoft Office apps like Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, there are a few more that you need to be aware of.

  • SharePoint and Teams for content and collaboration.
  • Teams for chat, calls, or online meetings.
  • Power Apps and Power Automate for business process automation.
  • Power BI for data visualisation and analytics.
  • OneDrive for Business for storing your files in the cloud so you can take them with you anywhere you go.
  • Yammer for company-wide informal communications.
  • Stream for storing and playing videos.
  • Forms for online surveys and polls.

If you’re an existing PA client, we can help you discover these apps through our scheduled quarterly consulting visits or simply call us at 1800 126 499 to speak to a consultant.

Can I buy the Microsoft 365 components separately?

Yes, customers can still purchase Windows, Office 365, and Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite separately. With Professional Advantage being a Tier 1 Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP), you can buy the various Office 365 SKUs and EMS subscriptions ala carte. We also provide volume licensing for your Windows OS license needs.

Is Microsoft 365 free?

No, it is not. Microsoft 365 users need to pay for its subscription fee either monthly or annually. You may source your subscription either direct to Microsoft which you can pay through credit card or via Professional Advantage, where we bill you every month.

Is there a free trial on Microsoft 365?

Yes, there is a trial version for Microsoft 365 which you can use for testing purposes for 30 days. You can try it for free here.

What services in Microsoft 365 does Professional Advantage offer?

Professional Advantage can assist in the following services related to Microsoft 365:

  • License subscription.
  • User provisioning.
  • Mailbox migration.
  • File migration.
  • Microsoft Teams deployment.
  • Custom development for SharePoint and Power Apps.
  • Reporting and analytics on Power BI.
  • Integration of various Microsoft applications.
  • Security and governance.
  • Change management and user adoption.
  • Post-production support.