Office 365 is Now Microsoft 365! Here’s What Your Business Needs to Know
Microsoft has just done a major rebranding of their popular Office 365. Impacted users include those that use the home/family version and business users using non-enterprise plans.
First, you don’t have to worry that the Office programs are going away. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook at still very much a part of the platform. Microsoft is just continuing their rebranding strategy, which began a few years back (see Secure Score) to more fully reflect the universal nature of Microsoft apps beyond Office only.
In fact, when you look at the Office 365 platform, the core Office programs are just part of all the apps you get. Non “Office” apps include Teams, OneDrive, SharePoint, Yammer, Booking, Planner, and more.
The rebranding is Microsoft’s way to expand thinking about their entire infrastructure of interconnected applications, including the Office suite.
But what does the rebrand of Office 365 to Microsoft 365 mean for my business?
Well go through all the details you need to know, including the new plan name that your subscription was transitioned to, and details on pricing and feature updates.
Microsoft 365 Rebrand Details
There are multiple questions that Sydney area businesses are asking about this name change and what they need to do. We’ll answer the most pressing questions below to help you gain a better understanding of how this change will impact your organisation.
Is My Subscription Name Changing?
Yes, if you have an Office 365 business subscription (or a personal, home/family subscription), then your subscription name is changing.
No, if you have an Office 365 enterprise subscription. Those subscriptions (E1, E3, E5, Education, Government, Firstline Workers) are not changing. They will retain the Office 365 name for the time being.
What is My New Business Subscription Name?
These updates went into effect on April 21, 2020. Here are the new plan names.
- Office 365 Business Essentials changed to Microsoft 365 Business Basic
- Office 365 Business Premium changed to Microsoft 365 Business Standard
- Office 365 Business AND Office 365 Pro Plus are both now Microsoft 365 Apps (“for Business” or “for Enterprise” will be used where needed to differentiate)
- Microsoft 365 Business changed to Microsoft 365 Business Premium
You’ll note that the Microsoft 365 Business bundle that includes Intune, Windows 10, and additional security features is also renamed, to Microsoft 365 Business Premium.
Has the Price Changed?
No. Microsoft is keeping all pricing the same for these subscriptions. Only the name has changed.
Are There Any New Features Added?
Currently, Microsoft says they have kept features the same, however there are feature updates coming. And actually, some Office program features have already been rolled out or are soon coming.
- New Editor in Word and Outlook: This AI-powered writing assistant offers help with spelling, grammar, clarity, punctuation, and more.
- More Free Items: You’ll see more free items showing up in Office programs including templates, stock photos, fonts, videos, and icons.
- Presenter Coach in PowerPoint: Need more help with your presentations than design suggestions? Presenter Coach evaluates your pacing, pitch, and use of words to provide suggestions on your overall presentation skills.
- New Teams Features: Noise suppression and support for those in low bandwidth areas are two upcoming features. Another that is particularly helpful for industrial workers is the integration of Teams with RealWare head-mounted devices to allow a hands-free experience.
Are Enterprise Plans Not Updating to Microsoft 365 at All?
While those that are currently on Office 365 plans for enterprise won’t have their plans rebranded, there are Microsoft 365 Enterprise plans at different price points than the Office 365 plans available.
Depending upon your plan, in addition to the standard business apps in Office 365 you’ll have access to apps like:
- Power Automate
- To Do
- Power Bi Pro
What Does My Business Need to Do?
There is nothing your business needs to do. The change has happened automatically with the rebranding. Features will continue to roll out as usual as they’re available.
If you’re on one of the Microsoft plans for enterprises, then you may want to discuss the difference between the Office 365 and Microsoft 365 enterprise plans to see if an upgrade makes sense for your business. This is something that our Microsoft experts at GKM2 would be happy to assist you with.
What Can I Expect in the Future?
You can expect Microsoft to bring more integrations into the Microsoft 365 platform with other applications as well as new cloud apps and tools being created and added in the future.
We also expect to see more AI-powered helper features (similar to the Presenter Coach) to make their way into Microsoft apps to make the user experience richer.
Review Your Microsoft 365 Subscription Needs with GKM2
When is the last time you reviewed your Microsoft cloud subscription? Is it still serving you well? GKM2 can help evaluate your current subscription and make recommendations if needed.
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