Microsoft Office 365 Name Changes

Microsoft 365

Effective today, April 21, 2020, Microsoft is changing the names for its Office 365 subscriptions for small and medium businesses.  Below are the current and new names:

Microsoft Office 365 SMB Subscriptions

Current NameOffice 365 Business EssentialsOffice 365 Business PremiumMicrosoft 365 BusinessExchange Online Plans 1 & 2
New NameMicrosoft 365 Business BasicMicrosoft 365 Business StandardMicrosoft 365 Business PremiumNo Change


Microsoft Office Client Subscription Products

Current NameOffice 365 BusinessOffice 365 Pro Plus
New NameOffice 365 Apps for BusinessMicrosoft 365 Apps for Enterprise

Pricing and product features for these Office 365 products will remain the same. The intention of this change is just to simplify the naming convention.

Here is a summary of the primary components of each of these newly named subscriptions:

Microsoft 365 Business Basic
  • Exchange Email Hosting (50 GB mailbox per user)
  • OneDrive for Business (1 TB/user)
  • Teams – online meetings & video calls, chat, collaboration
  • SharePoint Online – intranet for sharing information
  • Web & mobile versions of Office apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Maximum 300 Users
Microsoft 365 Business Standard
  • Business Basic features plus:
  • Fully-installed and always up-to-date versions of:
    • *Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher (PC only), Access (PC only)
      • *Each user can install these Office apps on up to 5 phones, 5 tablets and 5 PCs or Macs
  • Microsoft Bookings – allow your customers to schedule & management appointments
  • MileIQ – real-time mileage tracking & reporting
  • Maximum 300 users
Microsoft 365 Business Premium
  • Business Standard features plus:
  • Power Automate, Forms, Planner, PowerApps, StaffHub, Stream
  • Long-term archiving of Exchange Online-based mailboxes
  • Message policy and compliance features
  • Privacy, security and transparency features
  • Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection Plan 1
  • Identity and Access Management Features
  • Device and Applications Management Features
  • Upgrade to Windows 10 Professional
  • More details here
Microsoft 365 Apps for Business
  • Fully-installed and always up-to-date versions of:
    • *Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher (PC only), Access (PC only)
    • *Each user can install these Office apps on up to 5 phones, 5 tablets and 5 PCs or Macs
  • OneDrive for Business (1 TB/user)
  • Microsoft Sway – easily create engaging, interactive, web-based reports, presentations, newsletters, trainings, and more
  • NOTE: Exchange Email not included
Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise (required for Remote Desktop users)
  • Fully-installed and always up-to-date versions of:
    • *Outlook Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher (PC only), Access (PC only)
    • *Each user can install these Office apps on up to 5 phones, 5 tablets and 5 PCs or Macs
  • Web versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • OneDrive for Business (1 TB/user)

If you’re looking to migrate your email to Microsoft or need help  setting up and learning how to use Microsoft Teams, these  services we can offer. Learn more here.

April 20, 2020 4:08:02 PM

Bill Boisvenue

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