Office 365 becomes Microsoft 365

Office 365 will be called Microsoft 365 from April 21. Office packages for consumers are also given this name. The subscriptions have already been referred to as Microsoft 365 for the business market, large companies and education.

Subscription prices for consumers remain the same. In addition to the family subscription, the cheaper personal version will be maintained.

Yusuf Mehdi, vice president at Microsoft, announced this during a conference call. With this step brings Microsoft both the business packages and those for consumers under one umbrella. The business chat and collaboration tool Teams, which also includes (video) calling and email, will also be available to consumers. More than 44 million people use Teams every day.

Skype will eventually move into the background, although this communication tool is still widely used. Since the corona crisis, the use of Skype has increased by 70 percent. The number of users is now at 40 million per day. In fact, Skype-to-Skype calling has increased by 220 percent.

Auxiliary functions

Subscribers get smart help functions with Word, Excel and PowerPoint that are powered by artificial intelligence. For example, help is provided with writing so that texts appear more professional. Microsoft Editor is available in more than twenty languages. With PowerPoint come hundreds of different premium templates. A presentation coach, also based on artificial intelligence, helps users deliver better speeches. Presenter Coach gives a signal when the speech is too hasty or monotonous. You are also warned against excessive use of stop words such as 'say so'. It will also be possible to manage multiple calendars in one view.

For subscribers, a new Family Safety app (iOS and Android) will be available, which allows parents to monitor their children's screen use. The app provides an overview of Windows PCs, Android and Xbox.

Microsoft 365 Family, currently Office 365 Home, the cheaper personal version will be maintained under the new name Microsoft 365 Personal.