Microsoft Rebranded Select Office 365 Business Plans

Microsoft recently announced that some of its Office 365 subscriptions are receiving the “M365” name, and that going forward, some M365-branded commercial subscriptions will now include Windows and PC/device management tools (but others will not). Because we are dedicated to keeping our valued customer base up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry (especially with all things Microsoft), DMS iTech is providing you with what we know about these changes thus far.

With the announcement that it will be rebranding some, but not all, of its Office 365 business plans with the M365 nomenclature, Microsoft has also made it clear that it won’t be changing their pricing or what’s included in them. As it stands, Office 365 subscriptions for SMBs are being renamed with M365 designation, while enterprise and SMB users will see the Office 365 ProPlus moniker replaced with Microsoft 365 Apps for the Enterprise. According to the research we’ve garnered, neither of these rebrandings includes any pricing or feature changes, as we hinted at above – it is merely a name switch.

The Alterations At-a-Glance

Plans which are directly affected by the change include:

  • Office 365 Business Essentials to be rebranded as Microsoft 365 Business Basic
  • Office 365 Business Premium to be rebranded as Microsoft 365 Business Standard
  • Office 365 Business and Office 365 ProPlus to be rebranded Microsoft 365 Apps, with Microsoft using “for business” and “for enterprise” as references to distinguish between the two where necessary

Where Microsoft Business Fits In

One other related name change announced by Microsoft that isn’t associated with Office 365 specifically is Microsoft 365 Business – which, unlike the Office 365 plans we mentioned above, does already include device management; this product will be rebranded as Microsoft 365 Business Premium.

Business as Usual?

There are certain plans that were not affected by Microsoft’s M365 name change announcement, and which are slated to keep their existing names. These include:

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
  • Office 365 A5

Office 365 for Government

  • Office 365 G1
  • Office 365 G3
  • Office 365 G5

Additional Details

According to Microsoft representatives, the new names are meant to indicate that Office is more than just Word, Excel and PowerPoint; it also encompasses new apps such as Teams, Stream, Forms and Planner. What’s more, the existing core Office apps are a bit different, now including features that often require cloud connectivity and use of artificial intelligence. Microsoft officials have stated that the name change will help simplify things, as the new approach to naming products and the use of the Microsoft 365 brand is designed to “help customers quickly find the plan they need – whether an enterprise, SMB or consumer plan.”

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