Office 365 set to become Microsoft 365, with new AI tools

For years, South African families may have (albeit somewhat begrudgingly) subscribed to Microsoft’s Office 365, an annual subscription which entitles users to the latest versions of programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. If you’re a subscriber and haven’t yet jumped ship to Google’s suite, you’re in for a dose of luck – as the Redmond giant has announced a massive expansion of its suite under the name Microsoft 365, where users will be able to access new tools and services with AI smarts for exactly the same annual price.

The suite (which is available in South Africa and can depend on the exchange rate) will set users back $7 a month or $70 USD a year for personal use and $10 a month or USD a year for the family suite, that will by default include the company’s Office suite as well as a terabyte of OneDrive storage and 60 minutes worth of Skype calls every month.

However, the package will now grow to include Microsoft Editor (a new, Grammarly-style writing assistant that’s present through a Chrome or chromium-based Edge installation), as well as Microsoft’s Presenter Coach which can assist in improving your PowerPoint delivery with feedback as well as access to more than 8,000 Getty images and videos through PowerPoint designer.

As part of the company’s pivot into an expansive suite of apps, the firm has also unveiled a new Family Safety tool which – somewhat like Android’s Digital Wellbeing features – empowers users to track screen time, app usage, and date usage across family-linked PCs and smartphones. The feature will undoubtedly tether into Microsoft’s push into family life through its presence on Android, the Xbox, and Windows 10.

What are your thoughts? Would you be willing to subscribe to Microsoft 365? Which features would you find more beneficial? Let us know your opinion in the comments below!