New names for Office 365 and Microsoft 365

Namensänderung bei Office365 zu Microsoft365

Microsoft is once again changing something in the Office 365 product portfolio. But this time, in my opinion, for the better. There are also new products for private persons, more about that later, but more important are the changes for companies. These are primarily name changes, whether for good or bad is a matter of personal opinion. Already in the past, customers have often mixed up the names.

New features of Office 365 and Microsoft 365 for Companies

With a few exceptions, the name “Office 365” will disappear. The products will be renamed to Microsoft 365. This will take place on April 21, 2020, the scheme being: product family – target group – SKU distinguisher.

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The whole thing looks like this in theory, but Microsoft wouldn’t be Microsoft if you didn’t differ in some places right at the beginning. More about this later in the translation table:

But not everything is renamed. The Office 365 F (Firstline Workers), E (Enterprise), A (Education) and G (Government) plans remain unaffected by the changes. Prices and functions will not change for the time being.

The announcement can be found in the Microsoft 365 Blog.

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Translation table: old Office 365 name and the new name

Old Name

New Name

Office 365 F1

Office 365 F1

Office 365 E1

Office 365 E1

Office 365 E3

Office 365 E3

Office 365 E5

Office 365 E5

Office 365 A1

Office 365 A1

Office 365 A3

Office 365 A3

Office 365 A5

Office 365 A5

Office 365 G1

Office 365 G1

Office 365 G3

Office 365 G3

Office 365 G5

Office 365 G5

Office 365 Business Essentials

Microsoft 365 Business Basic

Office 365 Business Premium

Microsoft 365 Business Standard

Microsoft 365 Business

Microsoft 365 Business Premium

Office 365 Business

Microsoft 365 Apps for Business

Office 365 ProPlus

Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise

Office 365 Home

Microsoft 365 (for Consumer) Family

Office 365 Personal

Microsoft 365 (for Consumer) Single

Translation table names from Office 365 to Microsoft 365

Effects of modifications to the names of the Office Desktop applications

Even though “Office 365 Business” and “Office 365 ProPlus” will also be renamed, nothing will change for the time being when Office is distributed. The product IDs within the Office Deployment Tool remain the same. However, the name of the application and updates will change from June 9, 2020. An example for an update could be “Microsoft 365 Apps Update – Semi-annual Channel Version 1908 for x64 based Edition (Build 11929.50000)” instead of “Office 365 Client Update – Semi-annual Channel Version 1908 for x64 based Edition (Build 11929.20648)”. Unfortunately, Microsoft does not exclude the possibility that registry keys could be renamed in the near future. Those who work directly in the registry instead of using group policy templates (ADMX files), for example, will have to keep an eye on this in the future. You can find more information on this in the corresponding article on Docs.Microsoft.com.

News about Office 365 and Microsoft 365 for private customers

As can be seen in the table, the name has also been adjusted here, even though the target group “for Consumer” has been shortened directly from the name. Microsoft also advertises with more functions than before, but I could not find anything great in the technical documents so far.

As before, this is a subscription which includes not only the office for the desktop, but also server services such as Outlook and OneDrive. These with a significantly different range of functions than the free versions. Thus, it is more than an alternative to the cheap “Office365ProPlus” or “Office 2019” offered online, which mostly come from volume licenses. Personally, I am not a friend of this multi-marketing, but everyone has to decide for himself.

Here is the planned scope of functions

Computergenerierter Alternativtext:
Microsoft account 
I person 
Web apps + mobile appS for iOS and Android 
Microsoft 365 Personal 
S699 USO per month 
I person 
Microsoft 365 Family 
S9.99 USO per 
up to 6 People 
U sage 
OneDrive 
Outlook 
Skype 
Other 
Ben efits 
Office appS 
Real-time co-editing 
Preserve formatting across web, mobile, and desktop apps 
Microsoft Editor' 
PowerPoint Designer 
PowerPoint Presenter Coach2 
Creative content 
Money in ExceP 
Storage quota 
Deep integration in Office and Windows 10 
Files on demand 
PC folder backup• 
Personal Vault 
Ransomware detection and recoveryS 
Expiring and password•protected Sharing links 
Outlook apps 
Play My Emails6 
Outlook.com - Storage quota 
- Calendar integration (e.g. Google Calendar. TeamSnap, Schools) 
- Custom email domain 
- Advanced security (e.g. email encryption, link checking)b 
Skype to Skype Voice and Video Calling for up to 50 people 
Call recording 
Subtitles and live captions 
Guest links 
Mobile phone and landline Calling» 
Support' O 
Partner benefits programll 
Spelling and grammar 
Layout recommendations 
Filler Words and pacing 
2000 templates. 750 images, 25 looping videos 
5 GB per person 
3 files 
, 82 fonts, 320 icons 
Web app • mobile apps for iOS and Android 
15 GB 
Unlimited 
Account and Setup support 
+ Desktop apps for Windows 10 and macOS With Offline editing 
• Advanced grammar and style 
• Advanced layout recommendations With premium content 
+ Monotone pitch, originality, and speech refinement 
300 templates, 8000 images, 175 looping Videos, 300 fonts, 2800 icons 
I TE per person (up to 6 TB in the Family plan) 
Unlimited up to Your storage quota 
• Desktop app for Windows 10 and macOS 
50 GB 
Unlimited 
60 minutes per month 
Ongoing technical Support for Windows 10 and all Microsoft 365 apps 
App availability varies by device/language. Features vary by platform. 
Microsoft Editor is available in Word desktop. Word for web. and Outlook.com, and as a browser extension for Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome browsers. Requires a Microsoft account. Feature availability varies by language. Advanced grammar and 
style is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English. Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian Japanese, Korean Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish. Rewrite Suggestions and 
similarity checker are available in English only. 
2 PowerPoint Presenter Coach is onty available in English and is currently in Preview, 
Money in Excel is coming soon, is only available in the United States. and can connect to most financial institutions. For the best experience, use Money in Excel on a laptop or desktop device. 
PC folder backup is only available on Windows PCs. 
s OneDrive ransomware recovery allows You to recover previous file versions for up to 30 days prior from the date Of the attack. 
Play My Emails is available in Outlook for iOS and coming Soon to Outlook for Android. 
7 School and TeamSnap calendar integrations are available on Outlook.com and Outlook on the web and coming soon to mobile; personal calendar integration is available on Outlook on the web With commercial accounts_ 
:Outlook.com Security features apply to Customers Who have an @0ut100k.com, @live.com, Or @msn.corn email address. 
9 Skype account required_ Excludes special, premium. and non•geographic numbers. Calls to both landlines and mobile phones are available in the following countries: Canada, China, Guam, Hong Kong SAR. Japan, Puerto Rico. Singapore, Thailand. and 
the united States. Calls to only landlines are available in the following countries: Andorra. Argentina. Australia. Austria. Belgium. grazil, Brunei, Bulgaria. Chile. Croatia, Colombia (excl. Lex). Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark. Estonia, Finland, France. 
Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe. Hungary, Iceland Indonesia (Jakarta), Ireland, Israel. Italy Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg. Malaysia. Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway. Panama. Paraguay, Peru. Poland. Portugal. 
Russia, Slovakia. Slovenia, South Africa Spain, Sweden, Switzerland. Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, and Venezuela. Skype minutes are not included With Microsoft 365 in Algeria. Bahrain, China, Egypt. India. Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco 
Namibia, Pakistan. Qatar. Taiwan, Tunisia, and United Arab Emirates. 
'O Support hours vary by language. 
Partner benefits are available in Australia, Canada united Kingdorn and United States.
Screenshot Microsoft.com – Microsoft 365 Blog

You can find the announcement on the Microsoft 365 Blog.

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Author: Fabian Niesen

Fabian Niesen has been working as an IT consultant for years. Here he writes privately and independently of his employer. Among others he is certified as MCSA Windows Server 2008 / 2012, MCSA Office 365, MCSA Windows 10, MCSE Messaging, MCT and Novell Certified Linux Administrator. Since 2016 he is also MCT Regional Lead for Germany. His hobbies are social media, blogging, medieval markets, historical songs and house building.

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