19 Facts About Microsoft 365


Microsoft 365 is a product family of productivity software and cloud-based services owned by Microsoft.

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In July 2017, Microsoft introduced a second brand of subscription services for the enterprise market known as Microsoft 365, combining Office 365 with Windows 10 Enterprise volume licenses and other cloud-based security and device management products.

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The server components were updated to their respective 2013 versions, and Microsoft expanded the Office 365 service with new plans, such as Small Business Premium, Midsize Premium, and Pro Plus.

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The ability to provide a link to a Yammer network from an Office Microsoft 365 portal was introduced in June 2013, with heavier integration to be introduced in July 2013.

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On July 8,2013, Microsoft unveiled Power BI, a suite of business intelligence and self-serve data mining tools for Office 365, to be released later in the year.

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In June 2014, the amount of OneDrive storage offered to Office Microsoft 365 subscribers was increased to 1 terabyte from 20 GB.

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On October 27,2014, Microsoft announced "unlimited" OneDrive storage for Office 365 subscribers.

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In July 2019, Microsoft 365 announced that the hosted Skype for Business Online service would be discontinued on July 31,2021, with users being redirected to the Microsoft 365 Teams collaboration platform as its replacement.

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Microsoft 365 is sold via Microsoft and its cloud services reseller network.

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Under the brand, Microsoft 365 will add access to its collaboration platform Teams, and a premium tier of Microsoft 365 Family Safety.

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The Office Microsoft 365 brand remains in use for its enterprise, education, healthcare, and governmental plans.

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An active Microsoft 365 subscription is still required to unlock certain advanced editing features, use the apps on devices with screens larger than 10.

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In February 2020, Microsoft 365 introduced a new Microsoft 365 Office app that integrates Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, replacing the previous, separate apps for each.

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Microsoft 365 offers subscription plans aimed at different needs and market segments, providing different sets of features at different price points.

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Email service, task management, calendar application, and contacts manager included with business and enterprise Office Microsoft 365 subscriptions are under the Outlook on the web brand.

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Business and enterprise-oriented plans for Office Microsoft 365 offer access to cloud-hosted versions of Office's server platforms on a software as a service basis, including Exchange, Skype for Business, SharePoint, and the browser-based Office Web Apps suite.

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Microsoft 365 platform uses a rolling release model; updates to the online components of the service are provided once per quarter.

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In May 2012, Microsoft announced that Office 365 was now compliant with the Federal Information Security Management Act: compliance with the act would now allow Office 365 to be used by US government agencies.

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In spite of claiming to comply with European data protection standards, and in spite of existing Safe Harbor agreements, Microsoft 365 has admitted that it will not refrain from handing over data stored on its European servers to US authorities under the Patriot Act.

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