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Office 365 Is Now Microsoft 365 | Here’s What Changed

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Office 365 Is Now Microsoft 365 | Here’s What Changed

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As of April 21, 2020, Microsoft has officially launched the rebranding of Office 365; with the subscription-based platform now falling under the company’s Microsoft 365 line of services.

While, for businesses, this alteration does not impact the capabilities and features of each product bundle, it’s clear that Microsoft is continuing to lay the groundwork to expand its cloud-based ecosystem. 

Why Did Microsoft Rebrand Office 365?

Back in June of 2011, Microsoft made huge strides in the business world as the company announced Office 365; a customizable, cloud-based subscription service providing millions of organizations with affordable access to Microsoft Office products. But since the launch of Office 365 nearly nine years ago, a lot has changed with the general business model Microsoft has actively pursued. 

Like many software developers today, Microsoft has set forth with a mission to create a cohesive ecosystem of technology; where first-party applications can seamlessly interact without much discrepancy. But in order to effectively achieve this vision and bring cohesion to the company’s expansive list of applications, Microsoft needed a plan to keep Windows 10, Office 365, Microsoft management applications, and Windows security features on a unified development path. 

As a result, Microsoft launched the initial phases of Microsoft 365 in late 2017; offering businesses a new product bundle that combined the traditional features of Office 365 with Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) and Windows 10. In turn, not only did this shift allow Microsoft to release updates for individual applications, it also made it possible to deploy changes that impact the service as a whole. 

What Changed with Microsoft 365?

Keeping all this in mind, Microsoft’s choice to ditch the Office 365 branding does not come lightly, and it has become ever so clear that the company is looking for new ways to integrate apps with automated services and artificial intelligence. That said, this rebranding serves as an opportunity for businesses to reevaluate their current Microsoft product bundles, prepare for future updates to the service, and ensure teams understand the interconnectedness of each application. To assist with this, Rocket IT has taken the liberty of breaking down each Microsoft 365 Business and Enterprise bundle, providing insight into the key features of each.

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Description

Web/Mobile

Desktop

Collaboration

Security

Additional Apps

Price
Microsoft 365
Business Basic
Previously Office 365
Business Essentials
Best for businesses that need collaboration and cloud storage. Desktop version of Office apps not included.
Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel
Microsoft PowerPoint

N/A

Microsoft Sharepoint

Microsoft Teams
1TB of Microsoft OneDrive Storage

Basic
Exchange Protection

Privacy Controls

Custom Permissions

Password Policies

Microsoft Exchange
$5/month
Per User
Microsoft 365
Apps for Business
Previously Office 365
Business
Best for businesses that need desktop apps and cloud storage. Collaboration tools limited and business email not included.
Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel
Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel
Microsoft PowerPoint
1TB of Microsoft OneDrive Storage

Limited
Privacy Controls

Custom Permissions

Password Policies

*Does Not Include Exchange Protection

Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft Access
$8.25/month
Per User
Microsoft 365
Business Standard
Previously Office 365
Business Premium
Best for businesses that need business emails, desktop apps, collaborative tools, and accessibility on smartphone devices.
Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Sharepoint

Microsoft Teams
1TB of Microsoft OneDrive Storage

Basic
Exchange Protection

Privacy Controls

Custom Permissions

Password Policies

Microsoft Exchange

Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft Access
$12.50/month
Per User
Microsoft 365
Business Premium
Previously Microsoft 365
Business
Best for businesses with a focus on cybersecurity. Includes business emails, desktop apps, collaborative tools, and accessibility on smartphone devices.
Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Sharepoint

Microsoft Teams
1TB of Microsoft OneDrive Storage

Premium
Exchange Protection

Privacy Controls

Custom Permissions

Password Policies

M365 Advanced Threat Protection

Windows 10 Policy-Based Management

Selective Wipe with Intune

Unauthorized App Protection

Windows Defender Exploit Guard

Information Rights Management (IRM)

Unlimited Cloud Archive

Windows 10 Setting Sync

Microsoft Exchange

Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft Access
$20/month
Per User

Description

Web/Mobile

Desktop

Collaboration

Productivity

Security

Additional Apps

Price
Microsoft 365
F3
Previously Microsoft 365
F1
Best for businesses that only need remote access to Office apps, an expanded suite of collaboration tools, and productivity management apps. Desktop Office apps not included.
Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Outlook

N/A

Microsoft Sharepoint

Microsoft Teams

1TB of Microsoft OneDrive Storage

Microsoft Yammer

Microsoft Stream

Microsoft Sway

Microsoft Planner

Microsoft Power Apps

Microsoft Power Automoate

Microsoft To Do

Limited
Azure Active Directory Premium P1

Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics

Windows Defender Antivirus & Device Guard

Windows Information Protection & BitLocker

Azure Information Protection P1

Microsoft Exchange

Microsoft Access
$10/month
Per User
Microsoft
Apps for Enterprise
Previously Office 365
Pro Plus
Best for businesses that need both desktop and mobile Office apps, basic collaboration tools, cloud storage, and Microsoft's "FastTrack" deployment.
Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Sharepoint

Microsoft Teams
1TB of Microsoft OneDrive Storage

N/A

Limited
Outlook Messages Encryption

EOP anti-malware & anti-spam

ATP safe links in documents

Microsoft Exchange

FastTrack Deployment
*For businesses that purchase at least 150 seats.
$12/month
Per User
Microsoft 365
E3
No Name Change
Best for businesses that need both web and desktop Office apps, expanded collaborative tools, and productivity management apps.
Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Sharepoint

Microsoft Teams

1TB of Microsoft OneDrive Storage

Microsoft Yammer

Microsoft Stream

Microsoft Sway

Microsoft Planner

Microsoft Power Apps

Microsoft Power Automoate

Microsoft To Do

Basic
Azure Active Directory Premium P1

Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics

Windows Defender Antivirus & Device Guard

Windows Information Protection & BitLocker

Azure Information Protection P1

Office 365 Data Loss Prevention

Microsoft Exchange

Microsoft Access

Microsoft Power BI
$32/month
Per User
Microsoft 365
E5
No Name Change
Best for businesses with a focus on cybersecurity. Includes web and desktop Office apps; along with Microsoft's full suite of collaboration and productivy management apps.
Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Sharepoint

Microsoft Teams

1TB of Microsoft OneDrive Storage

Microsoft Yammer

Microsoft Stream

Microsoft Sway

Microsoft Planner

Microsoft Power Apps

Microsoft Power Automoate

Microsoft To Do

Microsoft MyAnalytics

Premium
Azure Active Directory Premium P1

Azure Active Directory Premium P2

Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics

Windows Defender Antivirus & Device Guard

Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection

Advanced Threat Protection

Azure Advanced Threat Protection

Office 365 Data Loss Prevention

Windows Information Protection & BitLocker

Azure Information Protection P1

Azure Information Protection P2

Cloud App Security

Microsoft Exchange

Microsoft Access

Microsoft Power BI
$57/month
Per User
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Description

Web/Mobile

Desktop

Collaboration

Security

Additional Apps

Price
Microsoft 365
Business Basic
Previously Office 365
Business Essentials
Best for businesses that need collaboration and cloud storage. Desktop version of Office apps not included.
Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel
Microsoft PowerPoint

N/A

Microsoft Sharepoint

Microsoft Teams
1TB of Microsoft OneDrive Storage

Basic
Exchange Protection

Privacy Controls

Custom Permissions

Password Policies

Microsoft Exchange
$5/month
Per User
Microsoft 365
Apps for Business
Previously Office 365
Business
Best for businesses that need desktop apps and cloud storage. Collaboration tools limited and business email not included.
Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel
Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel
Microsoft PowerPoint
1TB of Microsoft OneDrive Storage

Limited
Privacy Controls

Custom Permissions

Password Policies

*Does Not Include Exchange Protection

Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft Access
$8.25/month
Per User
Microsoft 365
Business Standard
Previously Office 365
Business Premium
Best for businesses that need business emails, desktop apps, collaborative tools, and accessibility on smartphone devices.
Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Sharepoint

Microsoft Teams
1TB of Microsoft OneDrive Storage

Basic
Exchange Protection

Privacy Controls

Custom Permissions

Password Policies

Microsoft Exchange

Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft Access
$12.50/month
Per User
Microsoft 365
Business Premium
Previously Microsoft 365
Business
Best for businesses with a focus on cybersecurity. Includes business emails, desktop apps, collaborative tools, and accessibility on smartphone devices.
Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Sharepoint

Microsoft Teams
1TB of Microsoft OneDrive Storage

Premium
Exchange Protection

Privacy Controls

Custom Permissions

Password Policies

M365 Advanced Threat Protection

Windows 10 Policy-Based Management

Selective Wipe with Intune

Unauthorized App Protection

Windows Defender Exploit Guard

Information Rights Management (IRM)

Unlimited Cloud Archive

Windows 10 Setting Sync

Microsoft Exchange

Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft Access
$20/month
Per User

Description

Web/Mobile

Desktop

Collaboration

Productivity

Security

Additional Apps

Price
Microsoft 365
F3
Previously Microsoft 365
F1
Best for businesses that only need remote access to Office apps, an expanded suite of collaboration tools, and productivity management apps. Desktop Office apps not included.
Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Outlook

N/A

Microsoft Sharepoint

Microsoft Teams

1TB of Microsoft OneDrive Storage

Microsoft Yammer

Microsoft Stream

Microsoft Sway

Microsoft Planner

Microsoft Power Apps

Microsoft Power Automoate

Microsoft To Do

Limited
Azure Active Directory Premium P1

Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics

Windows Defender Antivirus & Device Guard

Windows Information Protection & BitLocker

Azure Information Protection P1

Microsoft Exchange

Microsoft Access
$10/month
Per User
Microsoft
Apps for Enterprise
Previously Office 365
Pro Plus
Best for businesses that need both desktop and mobile Office apps, basic collaboration tools, cloud storage, and Microsoft's "FastTrack" deployment.
Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Sharepoint

Microsoft Teams
1TB of Microsoft OneDrive Storage

N/A

Limited
Outlook Messages Encryption

EOP anti-malware & anti-spam

ATP safe links in documents

Microsoft Exchange

FastTrack Deployment
*For businesses that purchase at least 150 seats.
$12/month
Per User
Microsoft 365
E3
No Name Change
Best for businesses that need both web and desktop Office apps, expanded collaborative tools, and productivity management apps.
Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Sharepoint

Microsoft Teams

1TB of Microsoft OneDrive Storage

Microsoft Yammer

Microsoft Stream

Microsoft Sway

Microsoft Planner

Microsoft Power Apps

Microsoft Power Automoate

Microsoft To Do

Basic
Azure Active Directory Premium P1

Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics

Windows Defender Antivirus & Device Guard

Windows Information Protection & BitLocker

Azure Information Protection P1

Office 365 Data Loss Prevention

Microsoft Exchange

Microsoft Access

Microsoft Power BI
$32/month
Per User
Microsoft 365
E5
No Name Change
Best for businesses with a focus on cybersecurity. Includes web and desktop Office apps; along with Microsoft's full suite of collaboration and productivy management apps.
Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Sharepoint

Microsoft Teams

1TB of Microsoft OneDrive Storage

Microsoft Yammer

Microsoft Stream

Microsoft Sway

Microsoft Planner

Microsoft Power Apps

Microsoft Power Automoate

Microsoft To Do

Microsoft MyAnalytics

Premium
Azure Active Directory Premium P1

Azure Active Directory Premium P2

Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics

Windows Defender Antivirus & Device Guard

Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection

Advanced Threat Protection

Azure Advanced Threat Protection

Office 365 Data Loss Prevention

Windows Information Protection & BitLocker

Azure Information Protection P1

Azure Information Protection P2

Cloud App Security

Microsoft Exchange

Microsoft Access

Microsoft Power BI
$57/month
Per User