The new Microsoft 365 is now available in Singapore, a refresh of the Microsoft Office 365, providing users with new artificial intelligence (AI), rich content and templates, along with cloud powered experiences. These new experiences are currently being rolled out regionally and will reach over 38 million Office 365 subscribers globally in the next few months.
“We want to continue to empower everyone to remain connected with those who matter inside and outside of the workplace. The Microsoft 365 Family and Personal subscriptions will provide users with innovative experiences that enable them to co-author, video chat, organize, and come together with friends and their families anytime and anywhere,” said Rami El Bayadi, Regional Director, Microsoft Office Asia.
What are the new features that Microsoft 365 users can look forward to? There are two new Microsoft 365 experiences:
There is a new Microsoft Family Safety App designed to keep families safe across the digital and physical worlds. Microsoft will also launch Microsoft Teams later this year for users to stay connected with their family and friends. There are also new features in Microsoft Teams that make it easier for users to connect, organise and collaborate with your family and friends.
New Microsoft Edge browser
The new Microsoft Edge browser is packed with new features to protect users on the web with Password Monitor, and to simplify research with Collections. More information on the features of the new Microsoft Edge browser can be found here. Here are the entire suite of features available with Microsoft 365 below:
AI-Powered Microsoft Editor
The Microsoft Editor, an AI-powered service is now available in more than 20 languages is now accessible across Word and Outlook.com, and also as a standalone browser extension for Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome. Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscribers have access to advanced grammar and style refinements such as rewrite suggestions and additional style critiques to allow greater clarity and conciseness.
Presenter Coach Features in PowerPoint
An AI-powered Presenter that helps correct monotone pitch and refine speeches. This will be available as a free preview, and then eventually only to Microsoft 365 subscribers.
This feature effectively boosts creativity, such as transforming text into a beautiful timeline, or even auto-generated slide layouts.
New Data Types and Smart Templates in Excel
A different and less time consuming way to interact with data, providing deeper meaning for over 100 topics.
Organising Time Across Work and Life with Outlook
New features in Outlook on the web help users manage all commitments, across work and life.
Deepen Connections with Family and Friends with Skype and Microsoft Teams
Skype usage has increased with 40 million people using it daily, increase in 70% month over month, a 220% increase in Skype to Skype calling minutes month over month. A new feature in Skype called Meet Now, allow 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
The Microsoft Family Safety app is coming soon, a new mobile experience for iOS and Android for Microsoft 365 subscribers. This app empowers families in a number of ways with both free and premium offerings.
Pricing and Availability
Microsoft 365 Personal costs SGD$10.80 a month. For the best value, a family of up to six people can use Microsoft 365 Family for SGD$14.80 a month.
The new Office features have been rolled out to all existing Office 365 customers. Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscriptions are now available worldwide, including premium desktop Office apps, 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage per person, 60 Skype minutes for calling mobile phones and landlines, advanced security features to protect users from malware and phishing attacks, ongoing technical support, plus all the new features and benefits
For more information on the new Microsoft 365, you can read about the full suite of the new Office features. If you like to learn more about Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscriptions as well as the market and language availability of these features, visit this page.
* Information courtesy of Microsoft Singapore and Edelman *