Microsoft Office 365 Changes Name in April

Microsoft has announced some name changes to some of its Office 365 suite. The name changes impact small and medium sized business users of the Office 365 suite of products.

What are the Changes to The New Microsoft Office 365?

Not much has changed except for the names of the plans (see table below).

Office 365 plans that are changing

  • Office 365 Business Essentials will become Microsoft 365 Business Basic
  • Office 365 Business Premium will become Microsoft 365 Business Standard
  • Microsoft 365 Business will become Microsoft 365 Business Premium
  • Office 365 Business will become Microsoft 365 Apps for business
  • Office 365 ProPlus will become Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise

Office 365 Plans That are Not Changing

  • Office 365 for Enterprise
  • Office 365 for Firstline Workers
  • Office 365 for Education
  • Office 365 for Government

Why These Changes Were Required?

Microsoft has termed this as a ‘natural evolution’ – from a licensing bundle including Windows, Office and Enterprise Mobility and Security to its vision of the future – an integrated set of apps and services including AI and other cutting-edge innovations. In the current world health and economic scenario, this would help small and medium business with new capabilities in Microsoft Teams to host meetings and events online; cloud file storage and sharing capabilities, and security and identity solutions to safeguard business. With these changes, Microsoft intends to bring small and medium enterprises under the Microsoft 365 umbrella.

Here is a Brief Comparison of Different Microsoft 365 Plans

Microsoft 365 Business Basic Microsoft 365 Business Standard Microsoft 365 Business Premium
Web versions of Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel & OneNote, and updated versions in iOS & Android. Realtime co-authoring.
Business-class email on desktops, phones, tablets & the web with Exchange. Calendaring.
1TB OneDrive. Sharepoint.
Microsoft Teams- online meeting & video call with 250 users
Exchange Online Protection
Support and deployment
Desktop versions of Office Apps
Microsoft Bookings
MileIQ
Advanced Security Tools
Device Management Tools
Microsoft 365 Business Basic Microsoft 365 Business Standard Microsoft 365 Business Premium
Web versions of Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel & OneNote, and updated versions in iOS & Android. Realtime co-authoring.
Business-class email on desktops, phones, tablets & the web with Exchange. Calendaring.
1TB OneDrive. Sharepoint.
Microsoft Teams- online meeting & video call with 250 users
Exchange Online Protection
Support and deployment
Desktop versions of Office Apps
Microsoft Bookings
MileIQ
Advanced Security Tools
Device Management Tools

This comparison gives you an idea of which plan to choose for your business. It also shows how to interpret your monthly invoice moving forward. For more help with choosing the right Microsoft productivity solution, contact us today or email sales@computingaustralia.group.

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