Office 365 is now Microsoft 365

By 05/05/2020 November 4th, 2020 No Comments
Office 365 is now Microsoft 365

Slightly different name, same great products. At the end of April, Microsoft’s CVP Jared Spataro announced a rebrand to the Office 365 product suite, pivoting more of the lineup to sit under the Microsoft 365 brand.

The key driver for change being to simplify the offerings as more organisations look to move beyond the traditional Office 365 scope to a unified Microsoft 365 platform, incorporating Windows 10 and secure mobility solutions.

Functionally, the products are still the same, you don’t lose out on features or net anything new nor are there any price changes associated. As a subscriber, there is nothing you need to do beyond being aware that you might see the new names appearing in various locations.

The biggest change to branding is within the business space, aimed at organisations under 300 employees with a completely new naming scheme.

The old

The new

Office 365 Business Essentials Microsoft 365 Business Basic
Office 365 Business Microsoft 365 Apps for Business
Office 365 Business Premium Microsoft 365 Business Standard
Microsoft 365 Business Microsoft 365 Business Premium

The enterprise plans remain relatively unchanged though there is a new F1 SKU, almost identical to the ‘new’ F3 SKU though with slight changes to edit rights with Office Online. More information regarding these plans can be found in the attached comparison spreadsheet. Office 365 Enterprise E1, E3 and E5 SKU’s remain untouched as do their Microsoft 365 counterparts.

The old

The new

Office 365 ProPlus Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise
Microsoft 365 F1 Microsoft 365 F3
Microsoft 365 F1

This simplification comes at a great time as other key features such as Azure Active Directory Premium and Microsoft 365 Business Voice (US only for now) are announced, enabling small and medium business to leverage some amazing features that were traditionally restricted to enterprise customers only.

If you’re not sure what subscription is right for your organisation or want to learn more about Microsoft 365, have a virtual coffee with a modern experience partner today!

For a full feature comparison of the new plans Download this handy table from Microsoft

Written by

Chris Chambers

Chris Chambers

Systems Engineer - Modern Workplace

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