Microsoft Announces Consumer Version of Microsoft 365

Posted on March 30, 2020 by Mehedi Hassan in Microsoft 365, Microsoft Consumer Services with 32 Comments

Nearly three years ago, Microsoft introduced an interesting new service called Microsoft 365 for its commercial customers. The new service combined Windows 10, Office 365, and Enterprise Mobility + Security into a single subscription.

Today, it’s launching a new service under the Microsoft 365 brand — but for consumers. Meet Microsoft 365 Personal & Family, Microsoft’s new subscription for consumers. With the new Microsoft 365 Personal & Family subscriptions, Microsoft is replacing the Office 365 branding many people know with the new Microsoft 365 service.

Microsoft 365 for consumers brings the best of Microsoft together into a single package. But it’s not just about things like Office 365, there are some interesting new components.

Microsoft 365 will come with a new Microsoft Editor experience that will offer a new editing experience across apps to help avoid bias and grammatical issues. The new Microsoft Editor will be natively integrated into Outlook and other Microsoft 365 apps, and Microsoft will also release a browser extension for it.

Microsoft 365 will also give users access to a catalog of premium content within PowerPoint Designer, including 150 looping videos that can be freely used in presentations. Microsoft is also improving Presenter Coach in PowerPoint with new features like monotone pitch detection, pitch feedback, etc. Excel is getting a new feature called Money in Excel that connects to financial accounts to help you keep track of your finances, with monthly snapshots and more.

The subscription, of course, includes Office 365 and OneDrive Premium facilities.

The company is also launching a new app called Family Safety that helps parents track the screen time for kids. You can set app limits, reminders when kids run out of time an app, etc. It will also automatically create activity reports each week, and apply web + search filters. There are a number of other family-focused features on this new app, and Microsoft is promising complete privacy for users.

The service will also come with access to Microsoft’s new version of Microsoft Teams that’s aimed at consumers — more on that here. 

Microsoft 365 Personal & Family will be launching on April 21. Microsoft 365 Personal costs $6.99 a month, while you can get Microsoft 365 Family for $9.99 a month — which you can be used within a family of up to six people. If you are an existing Office 365 customer already, you will automatically get upgraded to the new Microsoft 365 service.

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