Microsoft announced the launch of Microsoft 365, a refresh of Office 365. This refresh will be rolled out by 21 April 2020.
Microsoft 365 comes with artificial intelligence (AI), rich content and templates, and cloud-powered experiences to empower people to become better writers, presenters, designers and finance managers, as well as deepen people connections.
Microsoft has over 38 million Office 365 subscribers. The retail price of Microsoft 365 Personal is $6.99 per month. A family of up to six people can use Microsoft 365 Family for $9.99 a month.
Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscriptions will be available worldwide on April 21. These include premium desktop Office apps, 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage per person, 60 Skype minutes for calling mobile phones and landlines, advanced security features to protect users from malware and phishing attacks, ongoing technical support, plus all the new features and benefits.
“Used by more than a half billion people, free Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Skype, Outlook, OneNote, and OneDrive apps enables people to co-author, video chat, organize, and come together,” said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president, Windows and Devices Group.
Microsoft also unveiled two new Microsoft 365 experiences that will be available for preview in the coming months.
Firstly, a new Microsoft Family Safety app designed to keep families safe across the digital and physical worlds.
Next, Microsoft also previewed new features coming to Microsoft Teams for users’ personal life, to provide one application to help manage work and life.
Users can use new features in order to connect, stay organized, and collaborate with family and friends. They will be able to connect in group chats, make video calls, collaborate over shared to-do lists, assign tasks to specific people and coordinate schedules, as well as share photos and videos all in one place.
The new Microsoft Edge browser comes with new features to protect users on the web with Password Monitor, and to simplify research with Collections.
Microsoft Editor, an AI-powered service available in more than 20 languages, is accessible across Word and Outlook.com, and as a standalone browser extension for Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome.
Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscribers have access to advanced grammar and style refinements such as rewrite suggestions and additional style critiques to allow greater clarity and conciseness.
An AI-powered Presenter, which helps correct monotone pitch and refine speeches, will be available as a free preview, and then eventually only to Microsoft 365 subscribers.
PowerPoint Designer feature effectively boosts creativity, such as transforming text into a beautiful timeline, or even auto-generated slide layouts.
Microsoft is providing Microsoft 365 subscribers with exclusive access to over 8,000 images and 175 looping videos from Getty Images, plus 300 new fonts, 2,800 new icons and 200+ new premium templates to create visually appealing documents.
Money in Excel is a new solution for Microsoft 365 subscribers that help users manage, track and analyze their money and spending all in one place through a secure and simple process that connects to the user’s bank and credit card accounts, including major retail banks and community credit unions,
Microsoft recently introduced a new feature in Skype called Meet Now, that allows users to easily create video meetings in as little as three clicks for free, with no sign ups or downloads required.