Raines Internet Solutions would like to inform clients of some name changes to Microsoft 365 plans that have occurred on April 21st 2020. These name changes will be reflected in the next billing period on future invoices and within the Microsoft 365 Admin Centre for your tenant. 

Microsoft 365 began in 2017 as a licensing bundle for enterprise customers. A combination of Windows, Office, and Enterprise Mobility and Security (EMS). It has come a long way since then.

Today, Microsoft call it “the world’s productivity cloud” and it represents Microsoft's vision for the future of Microsoft productivity tools - an integrated set of apps and services that puts artificial intelligence (AI) and other cutting-edge innovations to work for you. For small and medium-sized businesses, that includes new capabilities in Microsoft Teams to help you host rich meetings and events online; cloud file storage and sharing capabilities so you can collaborate from anywhere; and security and identity solutions to safeguard your business.

What is changing?

The new product names go into effect on April 21, 2020. This is a change to the product name only, and there are no pricing or feature changes at this time.

  • 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. Where necessary Microsoft will use the “for business” and “for enterprise” labels to distinguish between the two.

Please note that the changes to these products will all happen automatically and will be effective as of the next billing period.

Below is the official announcement from Microsoft for your reference and a FAQ:


Thursday, April 30, 2020

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