On April 21, 2020, Microsoft will rename all Office 365 SMB offerings – this will closer align offerings to the Microsoft brand. There will be no changes to the prices or functionalities and the offer names will be updated automatically.
- Office 365 Business subscriptions are becoming Microsoft 365 for business subscriptions. This includes Office 365 Business Essentials, Office 365 Business Premium, and Microsoft 365 Business.
- Standalone commercial desktop client subscriptions are becoming Microsoft 365 Apps subscriptions. This includes Office 365 Business and Office 365 ProPlus.
- Consumer Office 365 subscriptions are becoming Microsoft 365 subscriptions
What does this mean for customers?
There is no major impact for customers. The branding change will take place automatically.
Microsoft have stated:
Today, we’re simply announcing name changes. But these changes represent our ambition to continue to drive innovation in Microsoft 365 that goes well beyond what customers traditionally think of as Office. The Office you know and love will still be there, but we’re excited about the new apps and services we’ve added to our subscriptions over the last few years and about the new innovations we’ll be adding in the coming months.
Frequently asked questions
The following Office 365 plans will have no changes:
- Office 365 for Enterprise
- Office 365 E1
- Office 365 E3
- Office 365 E5
- Office 365 for Firstline Workers
- Office 365 F1
- Office 365 for Education
- Office 365 A1
- Office 365 A3
- Office 365 A5
- Office 365 for Government
- Office 365 G1
- Office 365 G3
- Office 365 G5
First, Microsoft wants their products to reflect the range of features and benefits in the subscription. Microsoft 365 is an integrated set of apps and services that puts AI and other cutting-edge innovations to work for you. And for small and medium-sized businesses, that includes new capabilities in Microsoft Teams to help you host rich meetings and events online; cloud file storage and sharing capabilities so you can collaborate from anywhere, and security and identity solutions to safeguard your businesses. Second, Microsoft are always looking for ways to simplify. This new approach to naming their products is designed to help you quickly find the plan you need and get back to your business.
The Office suite is core to the Microsoft productivity experience, and that's not changing. But over the last several years, Microsoft's cloud productivity offering has grown well beyond what people traditionally think of as "Office." Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are more important than ever before. But in Microsoft 365 they're breathing new life into these apps with the help of the cloud and AI, and they're adding new, born-in-the-cloud experiences like Teams, Stream, Forms, and Planner. All of this is underpinned by a set of common services that keep your data safe and secure. It's Office and a whole lot more.
There are no price or feature changes to plans at this time.
All plans will become available for customers on April 21, 2020.
None of the plans are going away. The same plans are available, only with updated names. And in the case of Office 365 Enterprise, the name will remain the same and there will be no changes.
Customers with the Office 365 Business, Office 365 Business Essentials, Office 365 Business Premium, or Microsoft 365 Business plans do not need to take additional action. The above changes will happen automatically.