09 April 2020
Microsoft has announced that it is changing the Office 365 branding to Microsoft 365 and the change will reflect on April 21. Office 365 was announced back in 2011 as a new subscription model for the company’s popular suite of Office applications and gradually it gained many new features. And, in the latest announcement, Microsoft has added some new features to its suite of Office 365 apps as well.
The new Microsoft 365 brand name will be applicable for small and medium-sized businesses and Office 365 ProPlus subscribers. Microsoft has announced the new name will not be applied to Office 365 for Enterprise, Office 365 for Education, for Firstline Workers, and for Government.
The new name is not the only change that Microsoft announced, it has also announced new benefits and subscriptions to the Microsoft 365. Microsoft has announced new features for both the consumers and large organizations alike. The company has unveiled thee new Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscription plans by replacing the existing Office 365 consumer plans. These new plans will be available starting April 21st at $6.00 per month for Personal and $9.99 a month for a Family subscription. Both the subscriptions will include access to Office.
The new features of Microsoft 365 plans include a Microsoft Family Safety app and new features in Microsoft Teams for consumers. The app will allow family members to share their location and manager screen time across multiple devices. The app can generate notifications when a family member leaves home, work, or school, and enables location sharing. Also, a driving report feature will allow parents to keep an eye on first-time drivers in a household.
The Family Safety app can also manage screen time across traditional Windows PCs, Android devices, and even Xbox consoles. Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook all are getting refreshed with some new features.