Microsoft will discontinue its Office 365 products next month. The system is being replaced by what the company itself calls a ‘subscription for life’.
The service is given the name Microsoft 365 and must make a subscription to Office more common. With some new features, the company aims to focus more on families, expanding its customer base beyond traditional enterprise office suites.
The new features include, for example, Microsoft Editor, an AI that provides writing help while typing and was launched as an add-on to Google Chrome in December.
For example, the Editor will suggest other words for needlessly long words or technical terms. That Editor is available in 20 languages, but Microsoft doesn’t say which one.
For Powerpoint, there will be a function that will listen while you practice your presentation and give advice on where you can improve. Excel then gets links with banks so that users can download their own expenses and analyze their budget.
In addition, subscribers can use apps from Adobe and some other partners, such as a meditation app and an app to help watch the kids.
Microsoft 365 will roll out in the US on April 21. In practice, Office 365 Personal and Office 365 Home are switched to Microsoft 365 Personal and Microsoft 365 Family subscriptions. Besides, Personal costs about $ 7 a month for one user, while Family keeps a family of up to six people working for $ 10 a month.
Also, the SME services will also be given new names. For example, Office 365 Business Essentials will become Microsoft 365 Business Basic, Office 365 Business Premium will become Microsoft 365 Business Standard, Microsoft 365 Business will now be known as Microsoft 365 Business Premium, and Office 365 Business and Office 365 ProPlus will both become Microsoft 365 Apps.