Microsoft is expected to launch a Microsoft 365 version for ordinary consumers by spring 2020, according to Mary Jo Foley, a reporter formedia ZDNet. Microsoft has not released any announcements or content since it hinted last year about a consumer-centric version of Microsoft 365. At Credit Suisse, Media and Telecom’s annual technology conference this week, Microsoft’s Rajesh Jha said the company wanted to bring the Microsoft 365 experience to consumers. However, Jha did not provide any specific information about Microsoft’s plans.
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Currently, Microsoft 365 is a product for business and commercial customers that combines Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility plus Security. But as far as the rumors are available, the consumer-facing version of Microsoft 365 (which should be called Microsoft 365 Life after launch) is a simple rename of the current Office 365 and retains the same pricing plan.
In the report, Foley said Microsoft may add new features, such as password manager and the rumored “Teams for Life” app, which will be a new consumer-facing communications application. Interestingly, although Windows 10 is part of a commercial Microsoft 365 product, it is not included in this bundle. Most PCs are pre-installed with Windows 10, but offering Windows 10 Pro products can add value to the product.