At Microsoft's software-themed event on 30 March, the company revealed a major rebranding for its Office 365 subscription service. 

It will now be known simply as 'Microsoft 365', reflecting the fact the subscription service now goes far beyond the standard Office programs where it made its name. 

The company also revealed a host of new features, headlined by the inclusion of Microsoft Teams in its consumer-focused plans for the first time. Teams has boomed in popularity since many people were forced to work from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Microsoft wants to extend this to planning trips with friends. Curiously, this won't be available at launch and it's unclear how long we'll have to wait. 

We'll also be waiting on a brand new Family Safety app. This is in response to the growing number of children who rely on laptops at school and home, offering an easy way for family members to share location data and parents to manage screen time. This will include a driving report, helping the newly qualified members of the family to stay safe on the road. 

Existing apps will also see some useful upgrades right now. An AI-powered editor will now be available in Word and Outlook, allowing users to polish up their spelling, punctuation and grammar, while a built-in plagiarism checker will warn you if you've lifted too much text from another source.

The PowerPoint Presenter Coach, previously reserved for organisations, will also now be available to consumers. 

Crucially, all these changes will not have any impact on price. Microsoft 365 subscriptions will still start at £5.99/US$6.99 per month or £59.99/US$69.99 a year for the Personal subscription. Adding up to 6 users with the Family subscription will set you back £79.99/US$99.99 per year. There's no monthly subscription for this plan, but there is a one month free trial. Compare all the plans on the Microsoft website

Both subscriptions still include all eight productivity apps from Office 365, alongside 1TB of storage with OneDrive (for each user in the Home subscription) and 60 minutes of Skype calls per month. 

The rebranding was made official on 21 April 2020, but existing subscribers will automatically have access to the new features without making any changes to their account. 

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