With small to medium size businesses around the world facing unprecedented challenges of consolidating their work force remotely, Microsoft have responded to their need with an exciting set of updates and rebranding to their subscription service. Office 365 subscriptions will now come under the Microsoft 365 brand; however, the move from Microsoft is more than simply a name change. While initially most features will remain the same, Microsoft have laid out their plans to further assist businesses through a range of productivity tools, apps and services, including cutting edge innovations such as AI. Businesses have the chance to embrace all that is set to be rolled out with the rebranded service, with no increase to the current subscription cost. In what has been referred to by Microsoft as ‘a subscription service for your life’ the changes that accompany the rebranding from Office 365 to Microsoft 365 will assist businesses in the challenging current climate, which is seeing many workers based remotely. The rebranding of current products is as follows;
- Office 365 Business Essentials will become Microsoft 365 Business Basic
- Office 365 Business Premium will become Microsoft 365 Business Standard
- Microsoft 365 Business will become Microsoft 365 Business Premium
- Office 365 Business and Office 365 ProPlus will both become Microsoft 365 Apps, ‘for business’ and ‘for enterprise’ labels will be used to by Microsoft to distinguish between the two when needed.