Microsoft renames Office 365 to Microsoft 365 - What you need to know

On March 30th Microsoft introduced the new Microsoft Personal and Family subscriptions and announced that Office 365 will become Microsoft 365. According to Microsoft, "An evolution of Office 365, Microsoft 365 builds on the foundation of Office infusing new artificial intelligence (AI), rich content and templates, and cloud-powered experiences to empower you to become a better writer, presenter, designer, manager of your finances and deepen your connection to the people in your life."

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Q.When will Microsoft Office 365 become Microsoft 365?

A. April 21st, is the target date given by Microsoft.

Q. With the Microsoft Personal and Family subscriptions will there be any added functionality?

A. Yes, Microsoft will roll out a new features to Microsoft Teams to keep you more connected, a new Family Safety app to help keep your family safe in both the physical and digital worlds, and the web browser Microsoft Edge gets the new password monitor and collections features. Learn more about Microsoft Edge's new features here.

Q. Does this change effect only Office 365 personal plans or business plans too?

A. This change effects business plans too but not all of them. The following Office plans will have no changes:

Office 365 for Enterprise

  • Office 365 E1

  • Office 365 E3

  • Office 365 E5

Office 365 for Firstline Workers

  • Office 365 F1

Office 365 for Education

  • Office 365 A1

  • Office 365 A3

  • Office 365 A5

Office 365 for Governement

  • Office 365 G1

  • Office 365 G3

  • Office 365 G5

Q. Which Office 365 Business Plans will have a name change to Microsoft 365?

A. First, I'd like to point out that the below plans are a change to name only and not pricing or features.

  • 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 and Office 365 ProPlus will both become Microsoft 365 Apps. Where necessary we will use the “for business” and “for enterprise” labels to distinguish between the two.

Read the entire Introducing the new Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscriptions article here.

Read the new Microsoft 365 offering for small and medium-sized businesses article here.

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