Office 365 is becoming Microsoft 365. What does this mean?
Office 365 has been a staple productivity suite for businesses since its initial release in 2011. Now, Office 365 is getting a name change along with new ways to improve your workflow and content. The suite will now be referred to as “Microsoft 365” on all platforms, and a new icon, look, and features are coming with it.
You may have noticed changes already, as they started rolling out in November. You’ll start seeing significant changes in the Office app on Windows and the Office mobile app in January.
The good news is that the switch to Microsoft 365 has no impact on existing accounts, profiles, subscriptions, or files. The app will automatically update, so you’ll be able to start experiencing the benefits right away.
Speaking of benefits, what are they?
Per Microsoft, new features in the Microsoft 365 app include:
- New types of content creation and templates: Create is your place to quickly start on projects across several Microsoft 365 apps either from blank templates or try recommended templates for quicker inspiration. The Create module is already available to all users on the web, Windows, and mobile, with more template types arriving for consumers next year.
- New Apps module: Discover, launch, and pin the tools you use the most across Microsoft 365. Available next month to all users on the web and Windows, and on mobile in the coming months.
- Welcome Badging: Allows you to see your Microsoft 365 subscription status and track storage usage in one easy place. Available in the coming months to consumer users on the web and Windows.
- My Content: A popular feature for business customers, now available for personal use, My Content is a central location to view and access all your content – created by you or shared with you – regardless of where it’s stored. Available in the coming months to all users on the web and Windows.
- Feed: Relevant content based on who you work with and what you work on is surfaced through an easy-to-digest interface to simplify your workflow. Available today for commercial users on the web, Windows, and mobile.
- Tagging: A new way to group and organize your content with custom tags across all types of content. Available today for commercial users on the web and Windows.
If you don’t have a Microsoft subscription and want the new Microsoft 365 app, it will be available on the web at Microsoft365.com, on Windows via the Microsoft Store, and in both Google Play and the Apple App Store.
For businesses, we recommend purchasing Microsoft licensing through our team at Opal Business Solutions, a Microsoft Gold Partner! On top of licensing, we can provide unmatched support and billing flexibility. Schedule a meeting with our Modern Workplace team to learn more.