Microsoft rebranded Workplace 365 to Microsoft 365 in Oct. 2022, a part of its effort to slowly take the long-running “Workplace” model out of the limelight. On the time, the corporate did not make any important adjustments to the subscription tiers or options supplied. However that may change later this month with the addition of a brand new Microsoft 365 Primary tier, which can price $1.99/month ($19.99/yr).
Microsoft 365 Primary slots between Microsoft 365 (free) and Microsoft 365 Private ($6.99/month). It replaces the earlier 100GB OneDrive storage subscription and provides some perks. Microsoft says clients can count on these options with the brand new tier:
- 100GB cloud storage
- Works on Home windows, macOS, iOS, and Android
- Internet and cellular variations of Phrase, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive, and extra
- Advert-free Outlook internet and cellular e-mail and calendar with superior safety (information encryption, suspicious hyperlink cheer, malware scanning for attachments)
- Microsoft technical assist
The additional performance looks as if a pleasant improve for customers presently getting by with simply the 100GB OneDrive storage tier. As well as, Microsoft says it can add “even higher superior security measures” later this yr, together with shared hyperlinks which might be password-protected, and ransomware restoration.
Whereas the inclusion of Workplace is welcome, we should always be aware that this tier solely contains the essential, web-based variations of Microsoft’s common productiveness apps, which can be found totally free. To entry the “premium” desktop variations of Phrase, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, you will should step as much as Microsoft 365 Private.
Microsoft was fast to level out that Jan. 29, 2023 marks the tenth anniversary of Workplace 365. The high-end Workplace 365 House Premium subscription initially included solely 20GB of cloud storage. At present, the Microsoft 365 Private tier presents 1TB of OneDrive storage. As well as, the flagship Microsoft 365 Household tier for shoppers ($9.99/month) helps as much as six folks, every with their very own 1TB allotment of OneDrive storage.
Microsoft 365 Primary will probably be accessible beginning Jan. 30. Present 100GB OneDrive subscribers will routinely be shifted to the newer, extra feature-packed tier.