Microsoft today announced name changes to the Office 365 subscription plans in the Business line, substituting “Microsoft 365” instead.

The Redmond, Wash. developer did not touch subscription plans aimed at enterprise, education and government.

Plan names will automatically change on April 21, Microsoft said in an online statement. Prices of the plans will not change.

  • Office 365 Business Essentials, the lowest-priced plan in the Business line, will become Microsoft 365 Business Basic.
  • Office 365 Business, the middling plan in the trio that provides the Office applications and OneDrive, but no other services, will become Microsoft 365 Apps.
  • Office 365 Business Premium, the most capable and most expensive subscription plan of the three, will become Microsoft 365 Business Standard.

Microsoft will change the moniker of Microsoft 365 Business to Microsoft 365 Business Premium to fit it into the Business line as the top-dollar $20 per-user per-month plan. That subscription adds security and management tools to Office 365 Business Standard, née Premium. (Currently, this is the lowest-priced plan in the Microsoft 365 line. After the name changes, though, it will fall somewhere in the middle.)

Finally, the orphan of Office 365, the Office 365 ProPlus deal, which like Office 365 Business limits the bits to the Office applications and OneDrive, will get the same Microsoft 365 Apps nameplate. (Microsoft said if it needed to differentiate the two, it would append “for business” and “for enterprise” on the offerings.)

Subscription label changes aside, everything will remain untouched. “There are no price or feature changes to plans at this time (emphasis added),” Microsoft said in a short Q&A embedded in the announcement.

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