In a recent announcement, Microsoft Office 365 is to be branded as Microsoft 365 on April 21, 2020.
For people familiar with Microsoft products and services, they are aware that Microsoft first introduced “Microsoft 365” a few years ago. Microsoft 365 (M365) was launched as a specific service as a subscription bundle of Windows 10 Enterprise, Office 365 and Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security.
Microsoft is now changing some Microsoft Office 365 subscriptions to Microsoft 365 (M365). Microsoft 365 (M365) will not include Windows and PC device management tools. Good news is that it will not be changing the pricing or what is included in the cloud subscription.
Office 365 subscriptions for small and midsize business (SMB) will be renamed to Microsoft 365 (M365). Enterprise and small and midsize business (SMB) will see a new name by “Microsoft 365 Apps for the enterprise” which use to be “Office 365 ProPlus”.
Here are the former Microsoft services name and the new ones coming shortly:
- Office 365 Business Essentials will be Microsoft 365 Business Basic.
- Office 365 Business Premium will be Microsoft 365 Business Standard.
- Office 365 Business and Office 365 Pro Plus will be Microsoft 365 Apps.
- Microsoft will use “for business” and “for enterprise” as labels to distinguish the two.
- Microsoft 365 Business will be Microsoft 365 Business Premium.
Here is a list of plans that will not be affected by the upcoming name change and will keep their existing names:
Office 365 for Enterprise
- Office 365 E1
- Office 365 E3
- Office 365 E5
Office 365 for Firstline
- Office 365 F1
Office 365 for Education
- Office 365 A1
- Office 365 A3
- Ofice 365 A5
Office 365 for Government
- Office 365 G1
- Office 365 G3
- Office 365 G5
Why is Microsoft changing Office 365 to Microsoft 365?
Microsoft’s explanation was Office product line was to be reserved four their productivity suite which includes Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint. It now includes Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Stream, Microsoft Forms and, Microsoft Planner.
This is all part of Microsoft’s strategy to help organizations increase productivity and continue its path to cloud services adoption. As Microsoft continues to invest heavily into cloud services, they are launching multiple in new products and services to make it easier and simple for organizations.
Microsoft has been working with managed IT services providers, managed security services providers, IT consultants, and IT departments especially in the area of hybrid cloud computing. This gives organizations the ability to use in house infrastructure as well as Microsoft cloud services such as Azure, Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics and much more via the cloud.
Microsoft Office 365 is to be rebranded as Microsoft 365 and this will benefit all organizations.
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