It is important to note, that subscription prices, product features, Offer IDs and SKUs, and Office 365 Enterprise SKU names are not changing. Again, this is only a change to the product name - no product features or pricing is different as a result of these updates. No action is required by end-users, and the names will automatically be updated for them.
Previously known as Office 365 Business, Microsoft has renamed these offerings to reflect a clearer picture of how each offering is related and what they are used for. Additionally, the previous naming conventions left room for confusion regarding which offering is best. Now, the naming is tiered and makes sense based on what each offering brings.
Microsoft has also renamed Office 365 Business and Office 365 ProPlus. This is to provide an overarching connection relating to Microsoft 365. Regarding client subscription plans that have been renamed to align with the Microsoft 365 name:
Microsoft has also just renamed their Firstline Worker licensing, which has rebranded Microsoft 365 F1 as Microsoft 365 F3 and created a new entry-level bundle that is taking on the name F1. View our blog - Microsoft Releases New Microsoft 365 Plan for Firstline Workers.
Microsoft 365 has products across different segments as summarized below:
The Enterprise Plans of Office 365 E1, E3, and E5 will not be affected. These products will continue to exist as is, with no name changes. Microsoft 365 E3 and E5 have previously existed and similarly will remain the same and will continue to be the best options for large organizations to utilize security and productivity features.
Microsoft integrates the best-in-class productivity apps with intelligent mobility management and security platform, increasing efficiency while protecting company assets. This solution works well for businesses that need the most advanced security and productivity capabilities.
The Microsoft 365 Enterprise plans deliver the productivity services through Office 365 and the proper identity, device, and data protection through the Enterprise Mobility and Security Suite and Windows 10 Enterprise.
Microsoft’s goal is to distinguish Cloud-connect Apps by referring to them as Microsoft 365 Apps (instead of the old names – using Office). Office is not going away – and the integration of Microsoft Apps and the Cloud is vital to an organization’s success and productivity. If you would like to have a discussion about any of the changes that Microsoft has made, which plan is right for your organization, or how-to integration and take advantage of Microsoft’s offers – contact Interlink today!