Microsoft 365 – a refresh of Office 365’s suite of applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook – is now available with AI, rich content and templates and more cloud-powered features.
These updates are being rolled out to the more than 38 million Office 365 subscribers worldwide.
There’s also now a new Family Safety App which allows parents to protect their family online and also find them with location sharing and with protection for your data and information.
Later this year Microsoft will release Microsoft Teams which can work in both a private and professional setting.
Users can stay connected and access multiple calendars, share tasks and documents and collaborate easier than ever before.
Here are some of the new Microsoft 365 features:
– AI-Powered Microsoft Editor: Microsoft Editor is an AI-powered service available in more than 20 languages – is now accessible across Word and Outlook and as a standalone browser extension for Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome. Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscribers have access to tools which can improve grammar and style while offering rewrite suggestions and additional style tips to express yourself clearly and concisely.
– Presenter Coach Features in PowerPoint: This is an AI-powered Presenter that helps correct monotone pitch and refine speeches and help you nail your next presentation. This will be available as a free preview, and then eventually only to Microsoft 365 subscribers.
– PowerPoint Designer: You can transforming text into a beautiful timeline, or even auto-generated slide layouts if you’re struggling for inspiration. Microsoft is also providing Microsoft 365 subscribers with exclusive access to over 8,000 beautiful images and 175 looping videos from Getty Images, plus 300 new fonts, 2,800 new icons to create high-impact and visually appealing documents.
– Premium Templates: To kickstart your school, work, or family project and save time, Microsoft 365 subscribers will get exclusive access to 200+ new premium templates across Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
– New Data Types and Smart Templates in Excel: This presents a different and less time-consuming way to interact with data, providing deeper meaning for over 100 topics. Microsoft 365 subscribers have exclusive access to the over 100 new data types powered by Wolfram Alpha.
– Organising Time Across Work and Life with Outlook: New features in Outlook on the web help users manage all commitments, across work and life, in one place. With these new features, they can link their personal calendar to their work calendar to show their real availability, while still maintaining their privacy.
– Deepen Connections with Family and Friends with Skype and Microsoft Teams: In recent times Skype has seen an increase in usage with 40 million people using it daily, up by 70 per cent month on month. There is also a 220 per cent increase in Skype to Skype calling. To help people get connected even faster, Microsoft recently introduced a new feature in Skype called Meet Now, that allows users to easily connect over video (for free) with up to 50 people in just a few clicks.
– Protecting Families in the Physical and Digital Worlds with Microsoft Family Safety: Coming soon is the Microsoft Family Safety app, a new mobile experience on iOS and Android for Microsoft 365 subscribers. The application empowers families in a variety of ways with both free and premium offerings, including managing screen time across Windows PCs, Android and Xbox.
The new features have been rolled out to all existing Office 365 customers.
Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscriptions are now available worldwide.
These include all the Office apps and 1TB of cloud storage on OneDrive.
Microsoft 365 Personal costs $10 a month and a family of up to six people can use Microsoft 265 Family for $13 a month.