What’s new with Microsoft 365? This page contains the latest news, images, videos and press materials.
Future of Productivity
Notes and Tasks
Office and Office 365 Logos
SharePoint & OneDrive
Yammer and Stream
COVID-19 and Remote Work Resources
- Working remotely with Microsoft
- Microsoft: Responding to COVID-19 together
- COVID-19 Business Resource Center on LinkedIn
How is Microsoft Teams performing?
Over the last three years, thousands of organizations, small and large—including 93 of the Fortune 100—have discovered how Teams can be their hub for teamwork, helping them to stay connected and engaged. Industry leading organizations are rolling out Teams enterprise-wide. In fact, 20 customers have more than 100,000 employees actively using Teams, including Ernst & Young, SAP, Pfizer, and Continental AG, as well as Accenture, which has 440,000 employees actively using Teams.
With COVID-19 continuing to impact people and countries around the world, organizations and employees are transitioning to remote work. As a result, we have seen an unprecedented spike in Teams usage, and now have more than 44 million daily users,* a figure that has grown by 12 million in just the last seven days. And those users have generated over 900 million meeting and calling minutes on Teams each day this week. (as of March 19, 2020)
*We define daily active usage as the maximum daily users performing an intentional action in a 24-hour period across the desktop client, mobile client, and web client. Intentional actions include sending or replying to a chat, joining a meeting, or opening a file in Teams. Passive actions like auto boot, minimizing a screen, or closing the app are not included.
How is the Office 365 Business performing?
Office 365 is used by organizations and people all over the world. Office 365 currently has more than 200 million commercial monthly active users and 38 million consumer subscribers. More details can be found on Microsoft’s earnings page.
What is the difference between Office 2019, Office 365, and Office on the web?
- Office 365 is a user-based subscription service powered by the Microsoft cloud. It provides access to a suite of services beyond what the on-premises version has and receives feature updates on an ongoing basis. It includes the most productive, most secure, and up-to-date features.
- Office 2019 (for both Windows and Mac) is a one-time purchase and does not receive feature updates after purchase. Office 2019 includes a meaningful subset of features found in Office 365, but it is not part of Office 365. Office 2019 will receive quality and security patch updates as required.
- Office on the web is a free version of Office that you can use in a web browser. All you need is to sign up for a Microsoft account with a new or existing email address. Try it here.
What is changing with Office 365?
On April 21, 2020, Office 365 will become Microsoft 365. Information on changes to Office subscriptions for small and medium-sized businesses is available here. Information on changes to consumer subscriptions of Office 365 is available here.
- Office 365 Personal will become Microsoft 365 Personal.
- Office 365 Home will become Microsoft 365 Family.
- Office 365 Business Essentials will become Microsoft 365 Business Basic.
- Office 365 Business Premium will become Microsoft 365 Business Standard.
- Microsoft 365 Business will become Microsoft 365 Business Premium.
- Office 365 Business and Office 365 ProPlus will both become Microsoft 365 Apps.
Are all of the Office 365 plans going away? What isn’t changing?
None of the plans are going away. The same plans are available, only with updated names.
What Office 365 plan names aren’t changing? Are perpetual editions of Office impacted?
The following Office 365 plans will have no changes:
- Office 365 for Enterprise
- Office 365 for Firstline Workers
- Office 365 for Education
- Office 365 for Government
Perpetual editions of Office, such as Office 2019, Office Home & Student 2019, and Office Home & Business 2019 will see no name change.
What is Microsoft 365?
Microsoft 365 brings together Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security, delivering a complete, intelligent and secure solution to empower employees. It represents a fundamental shift in how we will design, build and go to market to address our customers’ needs for a modern workplace. To learn more, visit Microsoft 365.
Why did you rebrand Office 365 to Microsoft 365?
Microsoft 365 is an evolution of Office 365. Over the years, Microsoft 365 has helped people stay productive and secure at work. Now, we’re extending Microsoft 365 to help people be more productive and secure across their whole life.
How does Office fit into Microsoft 365? Will I still be able to use Word, Excel, and PowerPoint?
The Office suite is core to the Microsoft productivity experience, and that’s not changing. But over the last several years, our cloud productivity offering has grown well beyond what people traditionally think of as “Office.” Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are more important than ever before. But in Microsoft 365 we’re breathing new life into these apps with the help of the cloud and AI, and we’re adding new, born-in-the-cloud experiences like Teams, Stream, Forms, and Planner. All of this is underpinned by a set of common services that keep your data safe and secure. It’s Office and a whole lot more.
What is Microsoft 365 Personal and Family?
Microsoft 365 Personal and Family are productivity subscriptions for your whole life that empower you to make the most of your time, bringing together the Office apps you know and love into a complete personal productivity solution. The new Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscriptions add more experiences and value to help you become a better writer, presenter, designer, manager of your finances and deepen your connection to the people in your life.