Office 365 rebrands as Microsoft 365

Published: 21 April 2020

It used to be very straightforward. Office 365 was a subscription version of Microsoft’s Office suite of apps. Microsoft 365 was a subscription bundle of Office 365 plus Windows 10 and some additional security apps.

But as of today, Office 365 has undergone a rebrand and most versions of it now come under the Microsoft 365 name, as the company seeks to consolidate its brands and better reflect the evolution of the product features. So, what’s going on and what are the implications?

Microsoft 365 and AI

One of the key features driving the rebrand is the addition of AI-driven tools, which are evolving Office 365 into a more comprehensive offering with enhanced capabilities. This includes Microsoft Editor which will use AI to improve your writing in Office apps such as Word and Outlook, and will also be available as an Edge and Chrome plug-in. AI will also offer users help in creating improved presentations in PowerPoint.

Will it affect the price?

The subscription pricing remains unchanged, and anyone on Office 365 will be transferred to the equivalent Microsoft 365 plan automatically, with no action required.

Which names are changing?

In a nutshell, Office 365 Business plans are changing name to Microsoft 365, whereas Enterprise plans are retaining the Office 365 branding and continuing to offer separate Microsoft 365 plans.

Business Plans



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

Enterprise Plans



Office 365 ProPlus

Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise

Office 365 E1

No change

Office 365 E3

No change

Office 365 E5

No change

Microsoft 365 E3

No change

Microsoft 365 E5

No change

Microsoft 365 F1

No change

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