The news is huge! Microsoft has decided to rebrand Office 365 business plans and name them on Microsoft 365 context, from April 21st, 2020. A few years ago when Microsoft 365 was introduced, its sole purpose was to provide a subscription bundle of Windows 10, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security. However, recently, Microsoft made an announcement that the tech giant has decided to rebrand a few subscription plans, and introduced a few new plans.
Which plans are affected by this M365 name change?
The flowing plans are affected by this announcement:
Office 365 Business and Office 365 Pro Plus
Both of these will be called Microsoft 365 Apps starting 21st April, 2020. To distinguish between the two, Microsoft will continue using “for business” and “for enterprise” as labels
Office 365 Business Premium
This will be rebranded Microsoft 365 Business Standard and all occurrences in documentation must be changed accordingly.
Office 365 Business Essentials
This plan will now be called as Microsoft 365 Business Basic from 21st April, 2020.
Microsoft 365 Business
Even though it is not a part of Office 365 family, Microsoft has announced this would be rebranded as Microsoft 365 Business Premium.
Which plans remain unchanged?
Other than the plans mentioned above, most plans are unaffected by the name change announcement. To give you a clear view you about whether your subscription plan is rebranded or not, take a look at the following list and find it yourself. The following plans have remained unchanged.
Office 365 for Government
- Office 365 G1
- Office 365 G3
- Office 365 G5
Office 365 for Enterprise
- Office 365 E1
- Office 365 E3
- Office 365 E5
Office 365 for Education
- Office 365 A1
- Office 365 A3
- Office 365 A5
Office 365 for First line
- Office 365 F1
The motivation behind rebranding
The Microsoft officials mentioned in the blogpost, where they announced the rebranding news, that the idea of rebranding is to indicate that Office 365 is not just Word, Excel and PowerPoint that half of the world still believes. Office 365 has grown a lot in the past years with products like Teams, Forms, Stream, and Planner and the name Microsoft 365 is a true depiction of what Office has evolved into, over the years. The officials confirmed that there won’t be any changes for now in price, features or the plans.
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