There’s a subscription for almost anything these days. Streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus and ESPN charge as little as $5 a month to access vast libraries of movies and TV shows.
Apple and Google ask for 99 cents a month to store your photos, documents and other data. Game consoles such as Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation offer hundreds of games for as low as $10 (±€9) per month. And Amazon Prime, Instacart Express and Grubhub Plus charge up to $120 (±€109) a year to deliver take-out, groceries and all sorts of goodies.
Microsoft is betting there’s another subscription you’ll be willing to sign up for. The company calls it the “subscription service for your life.”
The new service, called Microsoft 365, takes the Office subscription service and tries to make it more appealing. The company is adding new features like its Microsoft Editor, which tracks what you type and recommends different words, less jargon and more concise ways to say whatever you’ve typed.
And it has partnered with companies such as photo and video app maker Adobe, meditation app Headspace and kid-monitoring app Bark to give you access to some of their apps and services too. Microsoft 365 will be available starting April 21, costing the same as before at $6.99 per month for an individual plan and $9.99 per month for a family of up to six people.