What is Microsoft 365?

2011, Microsoft launched its cloud-based subscription service Office 365, to compete with Google Drive. While the apps in Office 365 were nearly identical to its desktop suite, certain features were rolled out only to 365 at first, like Morph and Designer in PowerPoint.

Since then, Microsoft has continued to allocate more and more resources to its cloud-based service, luring in subscribers by offering them exclusive perks.

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In 2017, Microsoft announced that Office users will no longer receive access to OneDrive and Skype after 2020 if they don’t subscribe to Office 365. This statement coincides with Microsoft’s “Modern Lifecycle Policy,” which requires you to have the latest version of the product in order to receive full support.

As of April 21, 2020, Office 365 has been rebranded to “Microsoft 365”. Microsoft 365 comes with the same Office apps as its predecessor, with Microsoft promising new apps and services to come.

These changes haven’t hurt Microsoft one bit. Check out its latest numbers.

In Q3 2020, Microsoft reported 258 million monthly active Microsoft 365 business users, and 75 million daily active Teams users. Today, 1.2 billion people across 140 countries and 107 languages use Microsoft Office. Microsoft donates an average of $2.6 million in software every day to more than 86,000 nonprofits worldwide. In 2020, Microsoft launched AI for Health, a five-year, $40 million initiative to help researchers improve the health of people around the world, including the fight against COVID-19.

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