Microsoft at its virtual event made several announcements including the rebranding of Microsoft Office 365 subscription service. Microsoft Office 365 has been rebranded into “Microsoft 365.”
The Redmond-based company has not just changed the name but added a host of new features that will be made available from April 21. From leveraging AI features to upgrading grammar and syntax correction, Microsoft has given a fresh look to its subscription service.
The new Microsoft 365 will come in two subscription plans- Personal and Family. Microsoft Family Safety is an app that is designed to allow families to share their location, manage screen time across multiple devices, etc. The app can enable users to set up notifications to know as to when a family member leaves home, work or arrives at a location. The app gives driving reports and even allows parents to keep a tab on their child’s activity, limit screen time and age restrict content. Notably, the new Family Safety app can manage screen time across Android devices, Windows PCs and even Xbox consoles.
Alongside the Family Safety app, Microsoft has brought Teams for consumers. While Skype is the company’s primary app for consumers, Microsoft is shifting its focus and trying to synchronize one platform (which is primarily meant for businesses) for both work and home. The Microsoft Teams for consumers will provide features including group chat app, video calls, share to-do list and more.
Among other add-ons, Microsoft has introduced a new AI-powered Editor which will give access to Microsoft 365 subscribers to more advanced grammar and style guides. The new Microsoft Editor will include a rewrite option that can rephrase an entire sentence. It will have a plagiarism checker as well to help students with proper citation of sources in research papers. Although the Editor is built into Microsoft Office, it will be available for Chrome and new Microsoft Edge as well.
Other enhancements include Presenter Coach in PowerPoint that will suggest making alteration if a speech is monotonous and provide grammar suggestions.
Microsoft Excel is getting some new features as well, like new data types to support things like places, movies, etc. Money in Excel will enable tracking and analyzing finance in an Excel sheet. Money in Excel can connect to users’ bank account to add expense details, balances and generate alerts for payment, etc. However, the feature will be made available first in the US.
As mentioned, the Microsoft 365 service will be available starting April 21. Some of the new Office features are said to be rolling out (likely in preview version), with the rest to eventually roll out in the coming months. The new Microsoft Personal plan will cost $6.99 a month, while the Family subscription plan will cost $9.99 per month.