Office 365 for Education receives a new name

Friday, October 6, 2017

New name, same offer. Effective from early October, Office 365 for Education will be renamed to Office 365 A1, A3 and A5. The changes are made to streamline the SKUs in line with Microsoft’s Enterprise offerings, Enterprise E1, E3 and E5, respectively.

Office 365 A1

As an Education reseller with Giacom, you can expect no changes to Office 365 for Education – now known as Office 365 A1 – which remains a free product and includes the same features such as:

  • Office Online
  • Exchange Online
  • SharePoint Online
  • Skype for Business Online
  • Office 365 apps; Sway, Forms, Teams, etc.
  • Azure Active Directory Basic

Office 365 A3

Office 365 A3 is a new offer from Microsoft and contains the same features from Enterprise E3. As an additional perk, A3 also includes Office 365 Advanced Security Management. Should schools and colleges need the extra security – which arguably feels like a no-brainer – then this is a great SKU for them to pick up. It includes the following features:

  • All the benefits of Office 365 A1
  • Office 365 ProPlus
  • Skype Meeting Broadcast
  • Advanced Security Management

Office 365 A5

While Office 365 A5 replaces Education E5, it will only be available for purchase through a CSP, such as Giacom, or through an EES Agreement. All the usual suspects from E5 are included such as Power BI Pro and MyAnalytics, so will suit educational establishments that need access to powerful applications and rich communications. The following are included in A5:

  • All the benefits of Office 365 A3+
  • Advanced Threat Protection
  • Threat Intelligence
  • Advanced Compliance
  • MyAnalytics
  • Power BI Pro
  • PSTN Conferencing

If you’re thinking about becoming a Microsoft Education reseller, now is the perfect time to do so. For more information on Office 365 A1, A3 or A5, including pricing details, contact your Giacom Account Manager.


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