Microsoft’s popular Office 365 cloud platform, which currently has 38 million users on its Office 365 Personal and Office 365 Home Plan, was 12.4 million, five years ago. Now the Redmond giant (Microsoft) has a plan to further strengthen its position with a new wave of features, as Office 365 slowly moves to Microsoft 365.
In April, Microsoft moved Office 365 to Microsoft 365, a subscription service that added more functionalities to the suite of software tools but required a monthly payment of $7 for an individual plan or $10 for a family of up to six people. The company also said that its primary focus will continue to be on the cloud infrastructure but understands that not everyone is ready to take that step. While you can use Microsoft 365 apps like Excel, PowerPoint, and Word online for free with fewer features, you will need either a perpetual version or a subscription to make full use of their capabilities.
Some wondered if Office 2019 was going to be the last perpetual version of the software since Microsoft 365 came along. But then Microsoft announced its plan to release a perpetual version of Office in a September blog post.
Some of the new features which are included with Microsoft 365 are as follows.
- Microsoft Family Safety app
- New Home Features in Microsoft Teams
- Editor for Word
- Rewrite Option in Word
- PowerPoint feature called Presenter Coach
- Side-Step back in Excel
- Link Work and Personal Calendars in Outlook web
- 200 Exclusive New Document Templates
- 300 New Fonts
- 2,800 New Icons
Office 2021 will be available in the second half of the year. For more, visit www.office.com/setup
Author: Jace Mrazz is a Microsoft Office expert with 5 years of experience in the technology industry. He has written technical blogs, white papers, and reviews for a variety of websites, including office.com/setup.