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A welcome change of name.
April 21, 2020

For a long while, we’ve struggled to help people understand that ‘Office 365’ is more than just the latest version of Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

Over the last few years, people have started to recognise that the name ‘Office 365’ was slightly misleading, and that the service included many other products too – like Email (Exchange Online), SharePoint, OneDrive and Teams.

But, there were plenty of other apps too – like Stream, Forms, Planner, Automate, Whiteboard and our personal favourite… To Do.

Microsoft were doing a huge injustice to the Office 365 Suite by re-using the ‘Office’ moniker everywhere.  And, today, they’ve taken a step to correct that perception.  They have renamed Office 365 to be Microsoft 365.

It’s not completely straightforward, however.  There was a ‘Microsoft 365 Business’ before (it included extra functionality like the Enterprise Mobility and Security (EMS) suite, Azure Active Directory and InTune).  And, there will be plenty of sub-flavours of Microsoft 365.

For example, there are a host of Personal and Family subscriptions for Microsoft 365.  The following blog on Microsoft’s website explains many of the exciting new features… https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/microsoft-365/blog/2020/03/30/introducing-new-microsoft-365-personal-family-subscriptions/

And, in the business world, the following changes will take place…

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.

Further explanation is available here… https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/microsoft-365/blog/2020/03/30/new-microsoft-365-offerings-small-and-medium-sized-businesses/

In essence, most of the functionality will stay the same – it will just be a name change.  But, we do expect further changes to come over time.

And, with the name change, we’re expecting firms to have more visibility of some of the other solutions from Microsoft.  We’re expecting to see better adoption of EMS (Enterprise Mobility and Security) as businesses try to tackle the growing threats online.

We’ll take some time to explain some of these key features in the coming weeks – so keep an eye out for our blogs or speak to your Client Account Manager.

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