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Microsoft announce select Office 365 commercial plans to become Microsoft 365

Microsoft are always innovating, and they are continuing to keep users on their toes by rebranding a selection of their Office 365 commercial plans, realigning them under the ‘Microsoft 365’ division.

The original Microsoft 365 bundle consisting of Windows 10 Enterprise, Enterprise Mobility + Security and Office 365 will be transformed as some of the Office 365 subscriptions will now fall under the Microsoft 365 name. As of the 21st April some Microsoft 365 commercial subscriptions will also include Windows and device management tools as standard.

Microsoft announced that some, but not all, of the business plans for Office 365 will be affected by the rebrand. Subscriptions for Enterprises and SMBs will see no price changes or feature changes, however the plans will be realigned under the Microsoft 365 segment with “Office 365 ProPlus” becoming “Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise”.

Plans affected by the rebrand include:

  • Office 365 Business Essentials will be known as Microsoft 365 Business Basic
  • Office 365 Business Premium will be known as Microsoft 365 Business Standard
  • Office 365 Business and Office 365 Pro Plus will be known as Microsoft 365 Apps, with Microsoft using "for business" and "for enterprise" as labels to distinguish the two where necessary.

Microsoft officials explained that the rebrand was more than just a name change, and is to indicate that Office is technology beyond just Word, Excel and Powerpoint. It is instead a full suite of productivity tools influenced by cloud technology and AI, including apps such as Teams, Forms, Planner and Stream.

As well as helping Microsoft shout about the powerful apps that are included in their plans, the rebrand is also intended to simplify things and help users find the right enterprise, SMB or consumer plan for them.

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