This year the official branding of Microsoft’s productivity suite has changed from Office 365 to Microsoft 365. The new naming reflects Microsoft’s strategy of providing a single productivity platform for its customers.

Microsoft 365 includes every application you know in Office 365. Microsoft 365 will help businesses achieve more with innovative Office apps, intelligent cloud services, and world-class security.

From the viewpoint of current customers, the change from Office 365 to Microsoft 365 will not critically impact. In general, the subscription you had before is the same as the subscription you have now, only with a different name. You will see your subscription’s name updated to the new name across your Admin Portal and monthly billing statements.

Microsoft 365

Why the change?

Microsoft wants its products to reflect the scope of features and benefits in the subscription. Microsoft 365 is a unified set of apps and services that puts AI and other revolutionary innovations to work for you. And for SMBs, that includes new capabilities in Microsoft Teams to help you host meetings and online events; cloud file storage and sharing capabilities so you can collaborate with your team from anywhere; security and identity solutions to safeguard your organization. This new Microsoft approach to naming products will help you quickly find the plan you need and get back to your organization.

New product names

The new product names came into effect on April 21, 2020. 

  • Office 365 Business Essentials became Microsoft 365 Business Basic.
  • Office 365 Business Premium became Microsoft 365 Business Standard.
  • Microsoft 365 Business became Microsoft 365 Business Premium.
  • Office 365 Business and Office 365 ProPlus both became Microsoft 365 Apps. 

Why Microsoft 365 is essential for businesses?

Collaboration and communication are critical components of productivity for modern businesses. Microsoft 365 provides essential tools necessary to bring collaboration and communication and, by extension, productivity to each individual in an enterprise. For many organizations, Microsoft 365 is the standard for productivity software. 

Join our webinar on November 17 to learn more about Microsoft 365.

​Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) for business: Everything you need to know - November 17 - Webinar