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Date:
21 April 2020
Category:
Office 365, Microsoft 365

As of today (April 21st) Microsoft will be changing the names of several of their products meaning Office 365 will adopt the Microsoft 365 naming.

Microsoft have said that:

“This is a natural evolution. Microsoft 365 began in 2017 as a licensing bundle for enterprise customers—a combination of Windows, Office, and Enterprise Mobility and Security (EMS). It has come a long way since then.”

As Microsoft continue to add more and more features and functionality into both Office 365 and Microsoft 365, the boundaries between the two have blurred somewhat and both are far more comprehensive than what we’ve traditionally considered to be ‘Office’. Both have been changing into an integrated set of feature rich apps and security tools that put productivity, collaboration, and cutting-edge technology into your everyday business operations.

Whilst this change, currently, is just to the naming convention, it firmly shows the direction and future of Microsoft’s productivity tools.

The Changes

The following plans are changing names:

Office 365 Business Essentials to Microsoft 365 Business Basic

Office 365 Business Premium to Microsoft 365 Business Standard

Microsoft 365 Business to Microsoft 365 Business Premium

Office 365 Business AND Office 365 ProPlus to Microsoft 365 Apps (for Business, and for Enterprise, respectively)

FAQ

Q: What Office 365 plan names aren’t changing?
A: The following names aren’t changing:
Office 365 E1, E3, E5
Office 365 F1
Office 365 A1, A3, A5
Office 365 G1, G3, G5.

Q: Is there a change to the cost or what I’m getting in my plan?
A: No, for the time being, the cost and features remain the same: only the name is changing.

Q: Do I need to take any action?
A: If you have one of the following plans, you do not need to take any action: Office 365 Business, Office 365 Business Essentials, Office 365 Business Premium, or Microsoft 365 Business.
If you use Office 365 ProPlus, you should refer to this site (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/deployoffice/name-change), or contact your account manager for further information.

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