30/04/2020

Microsoft Rebrands Office 365 plans

If you are a small to medium–sized business using an Office 365 subscription, you may have recently noticed changes to the name of your Office plan.

Microsoft announced that some – but not all – Office 365 Business plans would be rebranded to Microsoft 365, taking effect from 21st April 2020.

For Nitec clients the main changes will be:

Name changes to each of the Microsoft 365 Business plans
Name changes to each of the Microsoft 365 Business plans

The reason behind the name change is that Microsoft want to emphasise and make clear to customers that Microsoft 365 Business (now named Microsoft 365 Business Premium) is the better product on offer – something that wasn’t clear to customers while the consumer Office 365 offerings were packaged under a different product name.

However, it is important to note that while selected plan names are changing, their pricing and what’s included will remain the same. In other words, there are no upgrades or additional features being added – it is simply a name change, now distinguished by Basic, Standard and Premium packages (compared to the previous Office categories of Essentials and Premium). Customers of the old Office 365 Business Essentials and Premium subscriptions will not be losing any features or value as part of their subscription.

To clarify, the following diagram provides an overview of the new product names and the apps/products included as part of each plan.

Apps included in each of the Microsoft 365 Business plans
Apps included in each of the Microsoft 365 Business plans

We hope this helps to clear up any confusion. At Nitec, our goal is to move all of our clients in due course over to the new Microsoft 365 Business Premium plan, ensuring they continue to avail of their existing Microsoft apps while benefiting from the additional advanced security features. If you are still unsure what the changes mean to your Microsoft business plan or have any other queries, we’re here to help – please get in touch with us at solutions@nitec.com or on 028 9442 7000.

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