You may have noticed we mentioned Office 365 update history instead of Microsoft 365. What is the difference between Microsoft 365 and Office 365? There’s actually no difference at all. Microsoft 365 was originally called Office 365 and later rebranded to the name we know today.
Launched in June 2011, Office 365 was designed to be the successor to Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite. This was a simple service headlined by a plain email app known as Exchange and a document-centric workflow solution called SharePoint. The goal of these programs was to make collaboration easier and transform the on-premises code into something cloud-friendly.
The only problem was that Exchange struggled with the legacy of public folders and had a history of failed attempts to expand from its core strength as an email server. On the other side, SharePoint couldn’t grow into anything other than an excellent document management platform.