Microsoft 365 Life: Coming in Spring 2020

Microsoft Office is something most computer users are familiar with. In a business setting, many people have heard of Office 365, the subscription-based version of Microsoft’s Office Suite. While there is a subscription version of Office 365 for home users already, Microsoft is rebranding and improving on its current offering.

Microsoft 365 Life, rumored to launch in Spring of 2020, is a new take on the home version of Office 365. Microsoft 365 Life is still under development, but will be bundled with a password manager. This could prove particularly useful for keeping your accounts secure. Password leaks continue to be a problem, and a password manager would watch for things like reused passwords to help keep you secure.

Socially, Microsoft will try to build on existing features and have features like a shared family calendar and document sharing. Optional location sharing can be done, and families can stay safe and in contact with some of these rumored features.

Another (and probably most key) point to focus on is that Microsoft continues to push users away from purchasing Office software. Instead, they are pushing for an entire user base that is using its subscription-based model. I don’t think we are going to see a subscription as the only option next year, but it is something that will happen sooner than you would like to think.

Office 365 is already taking over an increasingly larger share of all Office installs. Large scale businesses, when getting away from internally hosted email, are moving to Office 365. Many of these businesses may have already been using Office 365 just for use of the applications. In education, schools use Office 365 licensing. It is almost everywhere, and soon with Microsoft 365 Life, it really might take over.

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