Office 365 is now Microsoft 365

Microsoft announced that Office 365 will have a new name: Microsoft 365.

Existing business and enterprise editions will have their name changed to be in line with the new Microsoft 365 product portfolio:

  • Office 365 Business Essentials will become Microsoft 365 Business Basic.
  • Office 365 Business Premium will become Microsoft 365 Business Standard
  • Microsoft 365 Business will become Microsoft 365 Business Premium
  • Office 365 Business and Office 365 ProPlus will both become Microsoft 365 Apps

Where necessary, we will use the “for business” and “for the enterprise” labels to distinguish between the two.

The new product name goes into effect on April 21, 2020. This renaming evolution is a change of the product name only, and there are no pricing or feature changes at this time.

The following Office 365 plans will have no name changes:

  • Office 365 for Enterprise (Office 365 E1, Office 365 E3, Office 365 E5)

The name change was initiated by Microsoft to be more reflective of the range of features and benefits in the subscription and to meet the unique needs of individuals and businesses.

Microsoft 365, just like Office 365 will include the same Office applications like Word, Excel and PowerPoint as Office 365 has. Moreover, Microsoft 365 is designed to help people and businesses achieve more with innovative Office apps, intelligent cloud services, and world-class security. It comes with a promise of smart cloud services both today and in the future. Meanwhile, Microsoft 365 can provide the customer with “new artificial intelligence (AI), rich content and templates, and cloud-powered experiences”.

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New experience with separated Calling and Meeting windows in Microsoft Teams

Recently, Teams released a new function to separate Calling and Meeting window from main Microsoft Teams client. With this new function, users can view meeting or calls without a block of the underlying content, which is more flexible for users.

Additionally, controls like mute, video, chat leave and others will be located at the top of the window and easier for the customer to manage their meeting and calls. Below is the new meeting/calls control location:

Teams Menu Bar

New features released at the same time are 3*3 video, raise hands and custom backgrounds. And this will make customers work more interesting and participative. The new experience is presented below:

Teams new meeting experience

How to turn on the new function?

By default this new function will be roll-out OFF, customers need to turn on it via the User setting [ General ] Turn on new meeting s and calling experiences.

Step by step to turn on the new experience:

Step 1: Click on Avatar on the top right of Teams, and click [Settings].

Teams Settings

Step 2: Check the [Turn on new calling a meetings experiences] checkbox and then restart the Teams client.

Teams Settings

Notice* Users will have enough time to become familiar with this new function before Team enable this functionality by default. More detail will be provided via the Message center.

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