“Microsoft 365 ″ is the new name for Microsoft’s Office 365 subscription service. It includes everything Office 365 includes, and more. Subscribe to access Microsoft Office apps like Word, 1 TB of storage in OneDrive, minutes to call phones from Skype, and more.
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If you know Office 365, you already know what Microsoft 365 is. It is a subscription plan that costs $ 100 per year for up to six people or $ 70 per year for one. Microsoft did not increase the price.
For these fees, you have access to Microsoft Office applications like Word, Excel and PowerPoint on Windows PCs, Macs, iPads and all other platforms supported by Microsoft. You also get 1 TB of storage space in OneDrive per person and 60 Skype minutes to call landline and mobile phone numbers from Skype.
If you already pay for Office 365, you will now have Microsoft 365 as of April 21, 2020. “Microsoft 365 Family” is the new name for “Office 365 Home” and “Microsoft 365 Personal” is the new name for “Office 365 Staff.”
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What new features does Microsoft 365 include?
Microsoft unveiled a variety of features when it revealed Microsoft 365 on March 30, 2020. Many of these features seem to have arrived in Office 365 anyway, but Microsoft says it wants to “help you and your family at work, school, and in life”. This means new tools to improve writing on the web, manage your finances, and connect with family and friends.
Here are some of the coolest new features:
Check your writing with Microsoft Editor: Microsoft Editor will help you correct the grammar and style of your writing. This is Microsoft’s response to Grammarly—A powerful writing tool that works anywhere on the web. It is an “AI-based service” that works in more than 20 languages. It works in Word and Outlook.com, but you can install the Microsoft Editor extension for Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge to enjoy it on any website. It even helps to insert citations into documents in Microsoft Word.
Download bank transactions in Excel: Microsoft has announced “Money in Excel”, which will allow you to connect to bank and credit card accounts directly from Excel. You can download the transaction details and import them into a budget or other financial spreadsheet as if you were using a tool like mint. It uses Plaid, a popular network used by many personal finance tools to connect to accounts.
Chat with family and friends with Microsoft teams: Microsoft Teams is Microsoft’s answer to Slack. Both were primarily intended for the workplace. Microsoft is now adding new features to Teams for your personal life. You can create team groups for your friends and family to plan trips, organize gatherings, or just stay in touch with your loved ones. Teams has built-in features like group chats, video calls, shared task lists and calendars to make it happen.
Protect your family with Microsoft Family Safety: “Microsoft Family Safety” is a new application for iPhone and Android. It will help you manage your family’s screen time on Windows 10, Android and Xbox. It also includes location sharing notifications, so you can see where your family members are on a map and receive notifications when they arrive and leave work or school.
Overall, Microsoft 365 is essentially the same, and many of these features appear to have been added to Office 365, anyway. However, it does show that Microsoft is focusing on “Microsoft 365” as a larger subscription service that goes beyond using desktop apps to get the job done. It is about providing tools to subscribers in their personal lives.
Expect more of these personal productivity features to be integrated into Microsoft 365 in the future. In 2019, Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet reported that Microsoft could include a password manager in Microsoft 365. However, at launch, Microsoft has not yet announced anything about it.