Microsoft 365 Basic for just RM9 a month coming soon, but it’s missing one popular feature

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 12 — Microsoft has introduced a ‘new’ tier to their Microsoft 365 household, the Microsoft 365 Fundamental. We’re utilizing ‘new’ a little bit flippantly right here, because it’s truly only a rebrand of their present OneDrive Standalone 100GB plan for RM9/month or RM90/yr however with a few additional safety features. And but, regardless of being known as Microsoft 365 Fundamental, it gained’t truly embody their Workplace suite of apps, one thing that most individuals arguably subscribe to the common Microsoft 365 for within the first place.

As a substitute, with Microsoft 365 Fundamental, you’re getting 100GB of Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage, and you may select to guard three of your information in it underneath Microsoft’s Private Vault, a further safety layer that requires determine verification to entry. You additionally get multipage scanning that means that you should use your cellphone to scan and save a number of pages of printed paperwork reminiscent of receipts and enterprise playing cards into your OneDrive account.

Oh, and also you additionally get to make use of their Outlook e-mail service with out adverts, on prime of entry to Microsoft technical assist for assist with Microsoft 365 merchandise and Home windows 11 as and whenever you want it. Microsoft provides that they plan to make Microsoft 365 Fundamental extra interesting to customers down the road too by introducing superior safety features reminiscent of ransomware restoration and password-protected hyperlink sharing in to subscribers later this yr. Microsoft 365 Fundamental will change into obtainable worldwide from 30 January onwards, and present OneDrive 100GB subscribers will mechanically transition over to Microsoft 365 Fundamental subscriptions too.

The most important disadvantage although is in fact that lack of Workplace apps, reminiscent of Phrase, Excel and PowerPoint. Microsoft does deal with this although by saying that you should use their free net and cellular model of Phrase, Excel and PowerPoint as an alternative together with your Microsoft account on prime of the cloud storage advantages of Microsoft 365 Fundamental. After all, that additionally does imply that you probably have a Microsoft account, you possibly can simply seize the fundamental 5GB of OneDrive storage and nonetheless use their free net instruments.

Actually, it’s not too dissimilar to how Apple has a free iCloud tier with 5GB of storage after which a barely upgraded iCloud+ tier for RM3.90/month with 50GB of cloud storage, whereas additionally having a extra premium Apple One plan for RM29.90/month that features cloud storage, Apple Music, Apple Arcade and Apple TV+. Then there’s additionally Google and their Google One subscription plan, with Google One Fundamental priced at RM8.49/month for 100GB of Google Drive storage — cheaper than Microsoft 365 Fundamental too.

If you happen to do want to make use of the absolutely native variations of Microsoft’s Workplace apps although, you possibly can nonetheless get Microsoft 365 Private as an alternative, which additionally bumps up your cloud storage to 1TB, limitless Private Vault use, offline entry and extra. Moreover, it’s maybe price mentioning that Microsoft had simply solely just lately lowered their Microsoft 365 Personal and Microsoft 365 Family subscription fees a few months in the past; they’re now solely RM22 and RM29 monthly, or RM219 and RM289 per yr, down from RM27 and RM36 a month or RM269 and RM359 per yr. — SoyaCincau


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