The future is here and is now!
In an announcement that came out of Redmond this week, Microsoft is making a big push for standalone users to move over to Office 365 by cutting off certain services to them.
While moving to Office 365 for many requires a mindset change, personally I feel that Office 365 is one of the best products Microsoft has produced to date. On the back of the success of the subscription based platform, Microsoft is working towards a future where everyone uses Office 365 as the only flavor of Office available.
To achieve this, Microsoft will stop selling standalone versions of Office altogether and push users to sign up to Office 365. Microsoft on the other hand is interestingly going to block standalone “perpetual” Office users from accessing its Skype for Business and OneDrive for business apps inorder to push them to switch over to Office 365 by October 13, 2020.
This is quite interesting as the current design of Microsoft’s standalone version of Office does not come with any feature that allows Microsoft to switch off your Office suite remotely . . unless you install the latest patches available from the Microsoft site. Based on the fact that most people don’t regularly update their Office suite, Microsoft has to look for other ways to get your attention, in this case by using Skype for Business and OneDrive for Business.
The big picture here is that Office 365 is clearly the future of Office worldwide. Coupled with an ever increasing set of extra useful apps that Microsoft is adding to the Office 365 package, there are definitely more benefits to be discovered when one migrates to Office 365!
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