Some of you may have noticed over the last few weeks that Microsoft has renamed some of its offerings from Office 365 to Microsoft 365. But what does this change really mean?
When Office 365 first started out in 2011 it was very much aimed at the enterprise market, looking to replace on premise software used in the office. However as the years have gone by the solution has evolved massively, now Microsoft’s solution is made up of a range of solutions to use in and out of the office.
The name change on the 21st April, is designed to reflect the range of services part of the subscription, not just Office installed on your machine. Although the name has changed, the underlying service is the same, albeit with Microsoft adding some extra services to different packages.
Not all products have changed, a lot of business packages are still branded Office 365, but some of the name changes include:
- Office 365 Business Essentials goes to Microsoft 365 Business Basic
- Office 365 Business Premium goes to Microsoft 365 Business Standard
- Microsoft 365 Business goes to Microsoft 365 Business Premium
- Office 365 Business goes to Microsoft 365 Apps for Business
- Office 365 ProPlus goes to Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise
Like with most changes, it takes a little while to get used to it, and I imagine we will be using the terms both Microsoft 365 and Office 365 interchangeably for a good while.