Today (April 21st 2020) some Small\Medium business plans will become known by new names. Following the launch of Microsoft 365 in 2017 that combined Windows, Office and security products for enterprise customers Microsoft have had a vision for their productivity tools and this name change represents an evolution in that aim. Initially, this is simply a change in product name but over time new apps and services will be added and it is expected that this will include new capabilities in Teams to help host events online, security and identity solutions to safeguard your business and cloud file-sharing capabilities for greater collaboration from anywhere:
- Office 365 Business Essentials -> Microsoft 365 Business Basic
- Office 365 Business Premium -> Microsoft 365 Business Standard
- Microsoft 365 Business -> Microsoft 365 Business Premium
- Office 365 Business -> Microsoft 365 Apps for Business
- Office 365 ProPlus -> Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise
It is good to see new clear distinctions in the names, mainly using terminology not previously used by Microsoft but be sure not to confuse Microsoft 365 Business Premium with the older Office 365 Business Premium as they offer a different set of features. Office 365 Business Premium provided a 50GB Exchange mailbox and Desktop Office suite (now known as Microsoft 365 Business Standard). Microsoft 365 Business Premium includes a 50GB Exchange mailbox, Desktop Office suite, Advanced Security and Device management (previously Microsoft 365 Business).
If you are an existing customer with Office 365 Business, Office 365 Business Essentials, Office 365 Business Premium and Microsoft 365 Business plans do not need to do anything, this change will happen automatically.
Find out what is included in each plan:
Note: Office 365 Enterprise plans are unaffected by this change.
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