office 365 rebranded as microsoft 365

Office 365 to be rebranded as Microsoft 365

Last week, Microsoft announced that they will be updating the names of their Office 365 subscriptions. From Tuesday 21st April 2020, Office 365 products will be called Microsoft 365. The name Microsoft 365 will be familiar to many – a brand currently used as an enterprise subscription bundle combining Office 365 with Windows 10 and EM + S. The current Office 365 packages will be joining the Microsoft 365 family.

From this post onward, and in future blog posts, we will be referring to these products as Microsoft 365. Previous posts will still refer to Office 365.

Changes to Office 365

With the Office 365 name changes, many users will be wondering if there are going to be changes to subscription costs and included features. The good news is that there won’t be! For day-to-day use, the only thing you’ll have to get used to is a new name. The new names of Office 365 products are as follows:

  • Office 365 Business Essentials will be Microsoft 365 Business Basic
  • Office 365 Business Premium will be Microsoft 365 Business Standard
  • Microsoft 365 Business will be Microsoft 365 Business Premium
  • Office 365 Business will be Microsoft 365 Apps for Business
  • Office 365 ProPlus will be Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise

What’s included in Microsoft 365?

Not sure your current subscription has all the features you need? Here’s what’s included in all Microsoft 365 packages:

Microsoft 365 Business Basic is best for businesses that need business email and other business services on PC, Mac, or mobile. Offers Exchange, SharePoint, Teams and OneDrive – as well as access to the web versions of Office Apps.

Microsoft 365 Business Standard is best for businesses that need business email, Office apps, and other business services on PC, Mac, or mobile. Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access*, Publisher*), business-class email (Exchange Online, Outlook), cloud file storage and sharing (OneDrive), and a hub for teamwork with chat and online meetings (Microsoft Teams).

Microsoft 365 Business Premium brings together best-in-class Office apps with powerful cloud services, device management, and advanced security to transform the way you work. includes everything in Business Standard plus advanced security and device management capabilities for comprehensive security against cyberthreats.

Microsoft 365 Apps for Business is a small business-level subscription offering that includes Office applications (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access (PC only), Publisher (PC only) and cloud file storage and sharing (OneDrive).

Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise is an enterprise-level subscription offering that includes Office applications (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access (PC only), Publisher (PC only) and cloud file storage and sharing (OneDrive).

*PC only

Click the image below for a visual overview of what’s included in each subscription.

Microsoft 365 subscription costs

The table below shows the cost of each Microsoft 365 subscription, per user per month with an annual commitment. Price does not include VAT.

Name Price
Microsoft 365 Business Basic
£3.80
Microsoft 365 Business Standard
£9.40
Microsoft 365 Business Premium
£15.10
Microsoft 365 Apps for Business
£7.90
Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise
£11.50

If you want to find out more about how you get started with Office 365 in your business call us on 01675 469020, we would be happy to help.