Microsoft 365 Basic, which is set to launch globally by the end of this month, is Microsoft’s latest subscription package. The offering has been essentially designed to replace the 100GB OneDrive storage program, and also contains additional features but at the same price i.e., $1.99. Once the new subscription is released, customers of the OneDrive 100GB storage will be automatically upgraded to it.
The features included in Microsoft 365 Basic are: 100GB of cloud storage, ad-free Outlook web and mobile experience, Personal Vault, data encryption for Outlook mailbox, suspicious link checking, expiring links, and ransomware scanning and recovery. In addition to that, the offering provides access to Microsoft technical support that users can rely on for help via phone call or online chat on both Microsoft 365 apps and Windows 11.
Around the same time, Microsoft’s Office app for mobile and desktop is also being renamed to ‘Microsoft 365,’ that the company likes to refer to as its “flagship productivity suite.” According to Gareth Oystryk, director of product marketing for Microsoft 365, Microsoft is “doubling down on Microsoft 365” as its productivity suite, and does not associate Office with that change or context.