Microsoft has been quietly making many changes to all of its software recently. The American giant just launched some of the biggest changes expected this year in April. Its old subscription service is called Office 365, will be renamed to Microsoft 365, and will include personal and family plans. We took a quick look at the new features in the operating system giant’s product line.
Microsoft will celebrate its 45th anniversary next weekend. Last year, the company faced many challenges in maintaining its position as one of the most important companies in the technology sector. At present, like the rest of the world, it is also facing a crisis endangering the world economy. Microsoft warned investors as early as February that due to COVID-19, demand for Windows PCs will be weaker than expected. However, it continues to develop its two main divisions: productivity and business processes, which include products such as Office 365, Intelligent Cloud, Azure and Windows Server. In the six years that Satya Nadella was responsible for the diversification of the Bill Gates empire, these products were the main driving force for its growth.
Following the current trend of recommended ordering products, Microsoft will provide a subscription plan for Microsoft 365 starting in April. The product will be available in Personal and Family versions. The price is equivalent to the price of the Office 365 plan, which is 6, which is $99 and $9.99 . This will include Outlook and Office desktop applications, 1 TB of OneDrive storage, 50 GB of Outlook.com email storage, Skype call history, and 60 minutes of Skype landline and mobile phone calls.
In addition, you can benefit from a personalized version with a calendar to share with your family, access OneDrive safe, photo sharing, video calls, shared task lists, and more. You can also switch from a corporate account to a personal account more easily. Microsoft follows the current trend that the explosive growth of home offices sweeps the world of work, especially during periods of closure.
Microsoft made changes to the Microsoft editor. Programs with artificial intelligence are available in Word and Outlook.com and through plug-ins for Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome. For those who are familiar with grammar (personally, I use this program every day), it is a similar application with many new features such as grammar checker, spell checker, thesaurus, style analysis and even plagiarism check Device. As for the classic Powerpoint, it will be equipped with an AI-based presentation trainer to help you become a better speaker and communicator. Unfortunately, this feature is still under development, but it is reserved for Microsoft 365 subscribers only.
More options will be released in the coming months, including more cloud-based and AI-based innovations for Excel. Outlook for Android options will also be improved to summarize and read emails loudly; Microsoft family safety applications can help families manage online activities; new developments with developers such as Adobe, Bark, Blinkist, Creative.Live, Experian, and Headspace Partnership. Of course, all these additional features are only available to Microsoft 365 subscribers.
Microsoft Office enhancements will affect hundreds of millions of users worldwide. So far, you have to purchase Office software packages based on your needs or the size of your business. Now, free users will get basic features, while Microsoft 365 subscribers will get advanced features. With the development of technology consumption, Microsoft will provide Microsoft 365 personal and family subscriptions, which will be available worldwide starting April 21. Personal accounts charge $6.99 per month, while family plans charge $9.99 per month and can accommodate up to 6 people.