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Office 365 Vs. SharePoint 2019

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With the release of SharePoint 2019, the time has come for organizations to decide whether they want to stay on-premises, move to cloud, or build a hybrid scenario for their content. So, here we are going to compare both SharePoint 2019 and Office 365 to know which platform is better for your organization. But, before that let’s take a look at SharePoint 2019 and Office 365 (SharePoint Online) separately.

What Is Office 365 (SharePoint Online)?

It is a cloud-based service offered by Microsoft to help organizations share and collaborate with partners, customers, and colleagues. It allows you to access internal sites, documents, and other information in an organization from anywhere on your mobile or desktop.

SharePoint Online consists of three categories: Newsfeed, OneDrive, and Sites. The microblogging feature of SharePoint Online allows users to engage in conversations, post pictures, and videos and documents, and mention other users in the Newsfeed. As an administrator, you can easily customize and configure the sites for mobile devices. If you want to configure SharePoint Online for your organization, then visit Microsoft’s official website.

What is SharePoint 2019?

SharePoint 2019 is an on-premises environment provided by Microsoft which makes it easy to organize, share, and manage documents and streamline business processes. SharePoint 2019 aims to improve the overall SharePoint experience for on-premises and hybrid users. You can download SharePoint Server 2019 from the official website of Microsoft.

Comparison Between Office 365 and SharePoint 2019

The latest upgrade to SharePoint Server is pretty impressive as Microsoft has focused on improving user experience and design of SharePoint 2019. But it is still not easy to decide whether to move to the cloud or stay on-premises. So, let’s have a look at the step-by-step comparison between SharePoint 2019 and Office 365 to understand which platform is better for your organization.

  1. User Experience

Well, there will be improvements related to user experience in SharePoint 2019. But the current scenario clearly shows how Office 365 is a better choice for organizations.


Office 365


SharePoint 2019


  • OneDrive (Next Gen. Sync Client)
  • Modern – Sites, Pages, Lists/Libraries, Hub Sites, SharePoint Home
  • Large File Support
  • Extended Character length
  • SharePoint Framework (SPFx)
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Yammer
  • Power Apps & Flow
  • Delve
  • Stream
  • Planner
  • OneDrive (Next Gen. Sync Client)
  • Modern – Sites, Pages, Lists/Libraries, Hub Sites, SharePoint Home
  • Large File Support
  • Extended Character length
  • SharePoint Framework (SPFx)


  1. Administration

2019 offers them the ability to control every aspect of the service. Whereas in Office 365, you cannot control everything as an administrator. However, it offers you more advanced features than ever before. Below is a listing of current features that have become available for administrators.


Office 365


SharePoint 2019


  • SharePoint & OneDrive Administrative Center – Sharing, Storage, Sync, Device Access
  • Security & Compliance Center – Classifications, Data Governance, Threat Management, Reports

  • Newest IIS APIs
  • Newest PowerShell
  • Updated Health Analyzer
  • Recycle Bin Restore Improvements
  • Advanced Hybrid Scenarios


Wrap Up

The above points clearly show the different features of both SharePoint Server 2019 and Office 365. As you can see, Microsoft is completely focused on increasing the uses of Office 365, that’s why there are more advanced features in it. Well, moving to cloud or stay at on-premises doesn’t depend on the features. It depends on your business requirements.

So, if your organization need a more hybrid and independent environment, then SharePoint 2019 is the way to go. However, if you want something more advanced and secure option for your organization, then there is no better choice than Office 365 cloud.

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