Which is better for SharePoint – Office 365 or on-premise?
The main difference between Office 365 and an on-premise version of Microsoft SharePoint is that you rent Office 365 but buy the on‑premises version. Office 365 is provided as software‑as‑a‑service and does not involve a heavy up‑front investment. With Office 365, you pay a monthly or annual subscription fee that entitles you to automatic version upgrades and Office on-demand services.
The top reasons for moving to Office 365:
- No longer have to invest in IT hardware or software with continuous release cycles and automatic upgrades.
- Get access to automatic backups and geo-replicated disaster recovery.
- Instantly mobilise your workforce with Microsoft Teams and offline sync for your documents with OneDrive.
- And use the latest Microsoft software and never have to do an upgrade or migration project again!
If your preference is to own your own software, or if you're not sure you can maintain an Office 365 subscription for the long term, the on‑premises version may be your best option. However, this means that when Microsoft upgrades its Office software, you won't have the latest version.
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