Microsoft have announced plans to rebrand existing 365 F1 plans officially from 1st April 2020. Let’s hope this isn’t an early April fools.
The existing Microsoft 365 F1 plan and Office 365 F1 plan will be re-branded to Microsoft 365 F3 and Office 365 F3 respectively. According to Microsoft, only the naming will change.
The functionality of the renamed F3 plans will be the same as the equivalent old F1 plans.
The pricing will also remain the same with Microsoft 365 F3 listed at £7.50 per user per month, and Office 365 F3 at £3.00 per user per month.
A New Microsoft 365 F1 Plan
Further adding to the potential for confusion among Microsoft customers (and the reasoning behind Microsoft making the naming change to the existing F1 plans) is the availability of a new Microsoft 365 F1 plan.
This is a ‘cut-down’, less expensive version of the Microsoft 365 F3 plan (the old F1) and is aimed at Firstline Workers who need very limited features.
Microsoft 365 F1 (New): will be rolled out later this year (April 1, 2020) and will provide the foundation of a secure and connected experience for Firstline Workers. It will include products like Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, Yammer, Stream, and Enterprise Security + Management. This plan will cost $4 per user, per month.
Microsoft 365 F3 (Updated): is in market today and will be renamed from “Microsoft 365 F1” to “Microsoft 365 F3” on April 1, 2020. It includes all the features in our new Firstline plan, plus additional capabilities to enhance worker productivity and innovation. This plan costs $10 per user, per month. (via Microsoft)
Microsoft will also be enhancing all Firstline plan Microsoft Teams editions to include full audio / video capabilities, meeting rights, Walkie Talkie, and enhanced identity and access management features.
The new Microsoft 365 F1 plan is expected to retail at the same price as Office 365 F3 plan, £3.00 per user per month. This new Microsoft 365 F1 plan is also scheduled for availability from 1st April 2020.
So, an F1 plan in April 2020 will not be the same as an F1 plan in March 2020, and your existing F1 plans will no longer be F1 plans, but rather will become F3 plans.