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Office 365 terminology
Office 365 suites combine some or all of the Office 365 core technologies and plans.
Because this topic focuses on the enterprise, we will use the Enterprise (E) and Government
(G) suites as an example of how the suites combine the core technologies. The E and G
suites are intended to be similar offerings except that the latter is designed for government
organizations and provisioned through the Government Community Cloud (GCC), which we
will introduce in the "Government Community Cloud" section later in this chapter.
Financially, it is more advantageous to acquire a suite than acquire the core technologies
individually. Aside from the financial incentive, Office 365 core technologies are also
implemented in such a way that they are already integrated with each other.
You can find detailed information about the plans at http://ofice.microsoft.com/en-us/
Office 365 terminology
There are several new terms that are used in Office 365. You will frequently hear these
terms when Office 365 is discussed, so it is important to understand what they mean. These
terms are also used extensively throughout this topic.
An Office 365 subscription is often referred to as a tenant . The tenant refers to the licensing
model, but might also refer to the deployed platform. For example, when you purchase an
Office 365 E3 subscription, you will have an E3 tenant, which refers to your licensing model.
It also might be referred to as an E-tenant, meaning that your Office 365 tenant is an
enterprise subscription, which differentiates it from a government subscription, also known as a
The tenant name, sometimes referred to as the Office 365 domain name, is the
onmicrosoft.com name of your tenant. When you sign up for an Office 365 subscription and create
a tenant, you will be asked to select an organization name. This name, if available, will be
pre-appended to the onmicrosoft.com domain name and becomes the name of your
tenant. For example, if you pick Adatum as the name, and if it is available, your tenant name
will be adatum.onmicrosoft.com. Your tenant name does not preclude you from adding
your true domain name to your tenant.