Microsoft recently announced (30 March 2020) that they will be renaming some of their Office 365 and Microsoft 365 packages with a more representative name for the relevant Microsoft products.
Microsoft only intends to change the names of the products currently. There will be no changes to included services and applications or functionality. Microsoft intends system wide changes of the relevant Office 365 and Microsoft 365 name changes to be effective on 21 April 2020.
The name change will only affect specific Office 365 and Microsoft 365 packages used by predominantly small to medium size businesses. These changes are listed below:
- Office 365 Business Essentials will become Microsoft 365 Business Basic
- Office 365 Business Premium will become Microsoft 365 Business Standard
- Office 365 Business will become Microsoft 365 Apps for Business
- Office 365 ProPlus will become Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise
- Microsoft 365 Business will become Microsoft 365 Business Premium
The other Office 365 and Microsoft 365 product sets on offer you will not have to worry at this stage. The Office 365 Enterprise packages (E1,E3,E5), Office 365 for Firstline Workers (F1), Office 365 for Education (A1, A3, A5) and Office 365 for Government (G1, G3, G5) packaged will not be having any name changes.
Companies who have services deployed on the Office 365 Business, Office 365 Business Essentials, Office 365 Business Premium, Office 365 ProPlus or Microsoft 365 Business plans do not need to take any action. The above name changes will happen automatically and no maintenance or administration for your Microsoft 365 or Office 365 implementation will need to be planned for.
Microsoft’s reasoning behind the name change is to simplify its package naming structure. This new approach to naming the products and the use of the Microsoft 365 brand is designed to help customers quickly find the plan they need.