What we’ve known to be Office 365 has now become Microsoft 365. The new package, according to Microsoft, builds on the foundation of Office while adding in new artificial intelligence (AI), rich content and templates, and cloud-powered experiences.
The experiences have been infused in to empower you to become a better writer, presenter, designer, manager of your finances, and deepen your connections to the people in your life.
Key changes include the expansion of Microsoft Editor, now accessible across Word and Outlook.com, and as a standalone browser extension for Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome.
PowerPoint Presenter Coach is adding two new features exclusively for Microsoft 365 subscribers—monotone pitch and speech refinement. With monotone pitch, Presenter Coach will listen to your tone of voice and give feedback in real-time to suggest adding some variation where needed, while speech refinement will give grammar suggestions including how to better phrase your speech.
Another impressive addition is Money in Excel, a new solution for Microsoft 365 subscribers that makes it easy to manage, track, and analyze your money and spending all in Excel.
Microsoft is also expected to roll out two new Microsoft 365 experiences – a Microsoft Family Safety app designed to keep your family safe across the digital and physical worlds, and new features in Microsoft Teams that bring you closer to your friends and family to more deeply connect and collaborate on the things that matter most to you.
Microsoft Family Safety app
An interesting aspect of the new Microsoft Family Safety app is that it is the only app that manages screen time across Windows PCs, Android, and Xbox while also giving you peace of mind when your kids aren’t home. The app helps you stay connected with location sharing and notifications when a family member arrives or departs a location like home, school, or work, to help give you the peace of mind that your family is where they need to be.
You’ll also be able to help protect your kids as they explore and play games online and on their devices. The app helps you understand how your kids are spending their time across their Xbox, Windows 10 PCs, and Android phones, plus you can set limits to help promote healthy digital habits. Additionally, you’ll be able to help steer them away from content that you feel is not age appropriate as they start browsing the web.
The new Microsoft Teams
In Teams, you’ll be able to connect in a group chat, make video calls, collaborate over shared to-do lists and assign tasks to specific people, coordinate schedules, share photos and videos, all in one place. Teams also gives to you the tools to seamlessly manage daily life; share grocery lists, organize across family calendars, store important information like Wi-Fi passwords and account info, and even see location updates when loved ones arrive home or at other locations like work or school.
Revamped Edge browser
Also, the Microsoft Edge browser has been revamped with new features to protect you on the web with Password Monitor, and to simplify research with Collections.
Microsoft 365 Pricing
Microsoft 365 Personal costs $6.99 a month while a family of up to six people can use Microsoft 365 Family for $9.99 a month.
The Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscriptions you get everything in Office 365, 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage per person, 60 Skype call minutes, advanced security features to protect you from malware and phishing attacks, ongoing technical support, plus all the new features and benefits announced today.