Academic SKU changes from A to E change in name only


There is a name change currently being rolled out to all Academic tenants where we are changing the A2, A3, A4 SKU display name to E1, E3, E4 respectively. The good news is there is no impact to PowerShell scripts or anything functionality or capability wise so this is just a change in name only within your academic tenant. 

These are also the new names when you are ordering from your reseller.

Please see the SKU display name changes in the table below:

Old Name

New Name

Office 365 Education A2

Office 365 Education E1 

Office 365 Education A3

Office 365 Education E3 

Office 365 Education A4

Office 365 Education E4 

Comments (6)

  1. markga says:

    @ Mark – there should be a change only in name and no other functionality change. The change in quota must be a result of a tenant change for your user base in SharePoint Online Plan 1 licensing. Did you add a lot of new E1 or Student user licenses recently?
    A 500TB SharePoint Online shared pool quota would be a lot of users added. It may be related to the new Office 365 ProPlus benefit that launched last week.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I was asked by several customers what are some of the new SKU names they can use and where can they find

  3. Mark says:

    Did SharePoint Online change the way it allocates quota as part of this? Our available quota to allocate in SharePoint Online went from 13 TB to 501 TB in the last few days.

  4. Mark says:

    We have not added any new licenses recently. Our licenses for Office 365 auto renewed last night, but at the same user counts we had previously. From the documentation I can find it appears that the advertised quota is still 500 MB per user and based on
    that number our SharePoint Online quota should not have increased. At this point I am trying to determine if the new quota is part of some change that I missed the announcement for or if it is a bug of some sort in SharePoint Online.

  5. Bruno Sermon says:

    Hello Mark,
    maybe the below change has triggered your Quota view:
    http://blogs.office.com/2014/08/18/sharepoint-online-simplifies-storage-management/

  6. Mark says:

    I believe I have figured out the source of all of our extra quota. We had a new license added to our tenant named "Office 365 Education for Students" which has 1,000,000 seats associated with it. It appears that this new license may be part of the Student
    Advantage Self-Enrollment.

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