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Office 365 is now Microsoft 365

Microsoft wants to help you and your family across work, school, and life and as part of that made the following announcements. On March 30th, 2020 Microsoft announced Microsoft 365 Personal and Family Subscriptions, The first consumer offering from Microsoft 365. As part of this change Microsoft also announced changes to Office 365 Subscriptions.

The Office 365 changes which came into effect on April 21, 2020 were changes to product names only and not changes to functionality in Office 365.

  • Office 365 Business Essentials is now Microsoft 365 Business Basic
  • Office 365 Business Premium is now Microsoft 365 Business Standard
  • Microsoft 365 Business is now Microsoft 365 Business Premium
  • Office 365 Business is now Microsoft 365 Apps (for business)
  • Office 365 ProPlus is now Microsoft 365 Apps (for enterprise)

These changes represent a branding change for Microsoft and do not represent a change in price or functionality.

As part of the change the existing Microsoft 365 for Enterprise plans stay the same. Office 365 E1, Office 365 E3 and Office 365 E5 plans stay the same.

The personal and family subscriptions will add some new functionality to the office product, and I am sure with time we will see some of these in the enterprise product.

Highlights

Here are some highlights of the new functionality, along with a link to some video demos of these new features. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2020/03/30/introducing-new-microsoft-365-personal-family-subscriptions

  • Microsoft Editor (AI powered service that will be available across Word and outlook.com). Also as a standalone browser extension for Microsoft Edge and Chrome.
  • PowerPoint Presenter Coach. (using AI to let you know if you are talking to fast or reading text from slides too much).
  • PowerPoint designer to help you become more creative)
  • Manage your finance with Money in excel (create insights on your spending habits)
  • Explore subjects in detail with new data types and smart templates in excel. (provide deeper meanings on over 100 topics – food, movies, places, chemistry, and even Pokemon)
  • Protect your family in the physical and digital worlds with Microsoft Family Safety (monitor screen time) and location-based services

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