Microsoft launched and updated a slew of subscription plans with innovative services in 2020 and 2021 to help businesses and people improve their productivity wherever they are, with the focus on the hybrid work model. While the Microsoft 365 branding, which was launched in 2017 as a licensing bundle comprising Windows, Office, and Enterprise Mobility and Security (EMS) for enterprise customers, now encompasses cutting-edge solutions such as new capabilities in Microsoft Teams for small and medium-sized businesses, Microsoft has also launched the new Windows 365 Cloud PC, that combines the power and security of the cloud and the simplicity of physical machines. In this article, we will differentiate between Windows 365 and Microsoft 365, and help businesses identify the best solution for their requirements.
What Is the Microsoft 365 Productivity Suite?
Microsoft 365 is a line of subscription services comprising products and services in the Microsoft Office family, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and other software-as-a-service (SaaS) products such as Exchange Online, Teams, and OneDrive. These are available as personal and family subscriptions, business, and enterprise plans. Here is an overview of the Microsoft 365 subscription service.
- It includes local and cloud-based apps and productivity services, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, for email, file storage and collaboration, meetings, and other applications.
- Business and Enterprise plans include Windows 10 (later Windows 11) operating system for high security and simplified deployment, device, and app management.
- The Intune enterprise mobility management service can be useful for businesses and enterprises that need to empower their remote employees with secure access to organizational data even while working with their own devices.
- The solution offers intelligent security and compliance features to assess risks and protect data from advanced threats and recover quickly if attacked.
- It provides a unified platform for connecting, communicating, and engaging with people within and outside and organizations.
What Is Windows 365 Cloud PC Subscription?
Windows 365 is a new Windows experience streaming service, which is available in Office 365/ Microsoft 365 plans, as well as a standalone subscription. These personalized cloud PCs are available in Business and Enterprise versions. Here is an overview of the Windows 365 Cloud PC service.
- It is the first Windows experience streaming service that allows users to retain the settings, content, and even application states, while switching devices to access the service.
- As a desktop as a service (DaaS) virtualization solution, it is different from comparable solutions in the sense that is available at a fixed monthly price, rather than the pay-as-you-go model.
- The persistent and always-ready Windows environment can be accessed securely even over relatively low-bandwidth internet connections without VPN connections.
- The solution includes built-in tools to simplify provisioning and monitoring the health of the instances.
- The Windows Hybrid Benefit can help users save costs when they use their subscription with a Windows 10/ Windows 11 device.
Apps4Rent Can Help with Microsoft 365 and Windows 365
While Microsoft 365 is a comprehensive productive suite, Windows 365 is a revolutionary new virtualization solution available either as a standalone license or as a part of Microsoft 365 plans. As a Microsoft Gold Partner for Cloud Platform and a Tier 1 CSP, Apps4Rent can provide Microsoft 365 E3, Microsoft 365 E5, Microsoft 365 Business Premium, and Microsoft 365 Education licenses in which Windows 365 is included, along with other offerings, and can help with provisioning and customization. We also offer managed Azure services for Azure Virtual Desktop, which is designed for greater flexibility. Feel free to reach out to our Microsoft-certified virtualization experts available 24/7 via phone, chat, and email for assistance.