With the release of Microsoft Office 2013, Microsoft expanded Office 365 to include new plans aimed at different types of businesses, along with new plans aimed at general consumers wanting to use the Office desktop software on a subscription basis, and receiving updates to the software over the life of the subscription.
Microsoft first announced Office 365 in October 2010; beginning with a private beta with various organizations, leading into a public beta in April 2011, and reaching general availability on June 28, 2011.
Full functionality is restored once a new subscription is purchased and activated.
If an Office 365 subscription lapses, the applications enter a read-only mode where editing functionality is disabled.
Office 365 is the brand name Microsoft uses for a group of subscriptions that provide productivity software and related services.
For consumers, the subscription allows the use of Microsoft Office apps on Windows, mac OS, i OS, Android and Windows 10 Mobile, provides storage space on the One Drive file hosting service, and grants 60 Skype minutes per month.
Users will also be able to access and publish reports, and perform natural language queries on data.
As a limited time offer for certain markets (but notably excluding the U.
Business and enterprise-oriented plans for Office 365 offer access to cloud-hosted versions of Office's server platforms on a software as a service basis, including Exchange, Skype for Business, Share Point, and the browser-based Office Web Apps suite.