Microsoft has announced that it is changing the names of its subscriptions for small and medium-sized businesses. IT Foundations have summarised these recent Microsoft 365 name changes.

From April 21st 2020 your subscription will now be called  Microsoft 365.  Microsoft has chosen to drop the ‘Office 365’ brand to show that they offer so much more than the office apps we use each day. 

  • Office 365 Business Essentials becomes Microsoft 365 Business Basic 
  • Office 365 Business Premium becomes Microsoft 365 Business Standard 
  • Microsoft 365 Business becomes Microsoft 365 Business Premium 

How do these changes affect your business?

Right now it is just a product name change. Microsoft have not announced any changes to features, or more importantly, pricing. This means you will still receive the same features and functionality you already have

These name changes will take place automatically, there is not anything required from your business to enable this. You will notice these changes on your IT Foundations invoicing, as we will soon be updating these to reflect on the recent changes. 

Breakdown of packages

With the name change already taking place, now would be a good time to check which Microsoft 365 subscription your business is currently using and whether or not it is the best option for your business needs. IT Foundations recommend Microsoft 365 Business Premium as a minimum for our customers. 

Microsoft 365 Business Premium includes all of Microsoft 365 core services as well as cloud services, desktop apps and advanced security. If you would like to discuss your Microsoft Licencing options, then please contact our Sales Consultant who will be able to advise you on your requirements.