But Office 365 is just the same as on-premises functionality!

Clearly the title of this blog post is incorrect, but I had to raise it as recently someone made this comment to me. Their view was that they can run Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, and Skype for Business Server on-premises which would deliver the same functionality as Office 365.

What does Office 365 provide that you simply CANNOT deliver with on-premises systems? Focusing on the core feature set (without bringing in Project Online, Dynamics 365, EMS or others into it), it’s not a small list:

Product Description Where you see it Exchange Online Protection Mail filtering service built into Exchange Online Behind the scenes Advanced Threat Protection Protection against unknown malware & viruses, real-time protection against malicious URLs at time-of-click Behind the scenes Exchange Online Archiving Yes you can have archiving on-premises, but not unlimited Client & web Office 365 Groups Mix of document library, OneNote, Planner, Skype for Business, and SharePoint team site functionality Desktop, web & mobile Microsoft Teams Chat-based workspace integrated with Office 365 Groups Desktop, web & mobile OneDrive for Business Similar to Exchange Online Archiving, organisations can run OneDrive for Business on-premises but not provide unlimited storage Desktop, web & mobile Skype Meeting Broadcast Host online meetings for up to 10,000 attendees Behind the scenes Clutter / Focused Inbox Email sorting using machine learning, based on individual mail habits Behind the scenes Delve Personal search & discovery of content Desktop, web & mobile MyAnalytics (formerly Delve Analytics) Behavioural analytics based on mail & calendar Web Yammer Enterprise social network platform Web & mobile Office 365 Video Share & manage business videos Web & mobile Planner Manage tasks on graphical boards (similar to Trello) Web Sway Visual storytelling service Desktop, web & mobile Power BI Interactive business intelligence dashboards Desktop, web & mobile PowerApps Build mobile apps & logic flows Desktop, web & mobile Microsoft Flow Automating workflows across apps and services (not just Office 365) Desktop, web & mobile Office Graph Machine learning mapping connections between people & content Behind the scenes

Kirsty McGrath of OnPoint Solutions has created a wheel of the Office 365 services available, building on a similar one from Sharegate.

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