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Microsoft Office is changing, but how will this impact you?

From 21st April 2020, Microsoft Office is going to be named Microsoft 365. With Microsoft describing the transition as:

‘…a natural evolution. 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, we call it “the world’s productivity cloud” and it represents our 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. And 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. At a moment when businesses are facing extraordinary health and economic challenges, we are pleased to bring our consumer and small and medium-sized business customers into this growing Microsoft 365 family.’

So, what is changing?

The following Microsoft Office packages will have a new name but still have the same great value and pricing.

Office 365 Business Essentialswill becomeMicrosoft 365 Business Basic
Office 365 Business Premiumwill becomeMicrosoft 365 Business Standard
Microsoft 365 Businesswill becomeMicrosoft 365 Business Premium
Office 365 Businesswill becomeMicrosoft 365 Apps for business
Office 365 ProPluswill becomeMicrosoft 365 Apps for enterprise

What do you need to do?

As this is just a name change, you don’t need to do a thing. Essentially the biggest change this brings to you and your business is that that you will now have access to a more scalable, flexible and feature-rich productivity suite. Meaning you can continue to thrive through technology both now and in the future while your business continues to expand.

All of your existing product services, apps and features will stay the same. INCLUDING the price. Your subscription name will update automatically in the admin centre and your monthly billing statements will change on or after 21st April 2020.

What if your Office package is not listed?

Not all of the Office 365 packages are receiving the name update. If you use any of the following packages, your statements and admin centre will remain unchanged.

  • Office 365 for Enterprise
    • Office 365 E1
    • Office 365 E3
    • Office 365 E5
  • Office 365 for Firstline Workers
    • Office 365 F1
  • Office 365 for Education
    • Office 365 A1
    • Office 365 A3
    • Office 365 A5
  • Office 365 for Government
    • Office 365 G1
    • Office 365 G3
    • Office 365 G5

This doesn’t mean that you won’t have access to a more scalable, flexible and feature-rich productivity suite. All of the additional features of Microsoft 365 can still be added to your subscriptions. To find out more about this, please contact us.

Do you have any questions?

If this news has left you with any questions, please contact us. We understand that this may cause some confusion amongst businesses, we are here for you. You can either email hello@lms.group or dial 0330 088 2565 and and LMS Group consultant will be happy to assist you with any queries.