Microsoft Office 365 SMB Subscription Name Changes

July 14, 2020 | Posted in:


What’s in a name? As Juliet pointed out to Romeo, a rose could have any other name, and still smell just as sweet. This is essentially what Microsoft has done with their recent name changes to several of their Office 365 product suites. Going forward, all the product names of Office 365 for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and Office ProPlus products will use the Microsoft 365 name, dropping the ‘Office’ brand.

This change is part of a natural progression for Microsoft, who in 2017 took the popular Microsoft 365 licensing bundle (Windows, Office, and Enterprise Mobility and Security) and turned it into “the world’s productivity cloud” that it is today. The Microsoft 365 suite of 2017 has grown way beyond what is traditionally thought of as “Office” (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), by adding many cloud and AI features. Also, new “born-in-the-cloud" experiences have been added, like Teams, Stream, Forms, and Planner. What is important to know is that with this name change to Microsoft 365, there are no price or feature changes. The same plans are available, only the names have been updated.  

Here is an outline of the subscription product name changes as they were, and as they are now:  

Was  Is Now
Office 365 Business Microsoft 365 Apps for Business 
Office 365 ProPlus Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise
Office 365 Business Essentials Microsoft 365 Business Basic
Office 365 Business Essentials Microsoft 365 Business Standard 
Microsoft 365 Business Microsoft 365 Business Premium 
Note: Office 365 Business Premium did not become Microsoft 365 Business Premium. 

For more information on the Microsoft 365 name changes or the range of features and benefits of these secure productivity tools, please reach out to Systems Engineering at
info@systemsengineering.com, or 888.624.6737. Customers, please reach out to your Account Manager.