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Common Confusions: Clarifying confusing products


Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Office Suites (2010/2013/2016), Windows Get Genuine and Windows Upgrades, Symantec Endpoint protection and Symantec Endpoint protection Small business edition; these are some pairs of products can, more often than not, wrack your brains trying to differentiate one from the other.

Regardless of the reason behind your confusion, we all just want the same thing, to avoid getting the wrong product! To help you avoid that, here’s a basic explanation on each product and how they actually differ from their (rather) identical counterparts.


Office 365 and Office Suites (2010/2013/2016)

With both named as Office, I do believe where the confusion is coming from. However, it’s important to note that there is a stark difference between the two, and that one shouldn’t be treated as a substitute for the other. Thus, Office 365 shouldn’t be seen as an alternative for the Office suites, but instead as a tool that can complement it, and the same goes vice-versa.

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  • Office SuitesOffice suites are your basic desktop applications which you install on your computer. This is the basic collection of popular Microsoft tools such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and more. These function even without an active internet connection.
  • Office 365Office 365 on the other hand is a cloud tool that’s supposed to boost your Office suite’s productivity, through online Office apps to allow collaborative work or co-authoring, OneDrive storages for your documents, business class emails to partner with your Outlook, and online conferencing tools to partner with your Lync, to name a few.


Windows Get Genuine and Windows Upgrades

Just like the prior entry, differentiating Get Genuine and Upgrades has been a bewildering ordeal as well. With both serving the same purpose, the difference between the two is basically based on a single technical requirement – the current operating system installed in your computer, or the lack thereof.

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  • Get Genuine – this operating system version should only be used if your computer is running on:
    • a pirated copy of Windows;
    • a Home version of Windows;
    • a non-Windows operating system (e.g. Linux);
    • doesn’t  have an operating system yet
  • Upgrades – this operating system only works if your computer already has a licensed, professional version of Windows installed. In such a case, this can be used to help you upgrade to newer versions, or downgrade to older versions through its software assurance.

Also, kindly remember that Get Genuine licenses can only be requested for once, so it’s suggested to request for the maximum allowable quantity, or to add in a few more licenses that you need in case you add in more computers in the future. This isn’t the case for Upgrades though, as you can easily request for Upgrades as frequently as you’d like, granted that it’s within the allowable quantity.


Symantec Endpoint Protection and Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition

More like the Get Genuine-Upgrade entry, these two products are actually just one in the same, but with just a small difference in terms of function. So, before we go on highlighting their differences, it’s important to take note of their similarities as well which are:

  • They can both protect various endpoints such as servers, laptops, desktops, etc.
  • They can both protect endpoints from various threats including zero-day threats

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With those in mind though, time to venture in their sole difference which is the function that can allow you to centrally manage all licenses, either from the cloud or on-premise. This particular function is available for the Small Business Edition only. Also, the Small Business Edition is available for a lower cost as well, allowing you to deploy them to more endpoints for a lower overhead cost.


All clear?

We hope this helped clear out all of the confusions! If you're still yet to wrap your head around the differences among these pairs of products, or if you know of some other tandems that are somewhat confusing as well, just feel free to let me know at