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Microsoft is introducing the 365-team subscription for front-line workers

Microsoft is introducing the 365-team subscription for front-line workers

The new plan, priced at $ 4 per user per month, is nicknamed Microsoft 365 F1 and is expected to arrive on April 1.

Microsoft has announced a new Microsoft 365 plan that will serve as a final step for a group it calls «front-line workers,» people who receive calls, record sales, interact with customers, and work in factories or on the job. . rural.

The subscription, introduced last week, will be labeled as Microsoft 365 F1 and will go on sale on April 1.

Because the title of that product was already in use, a subscription of the same name was launched two and a half years ago in September 2017, Microsoft 365 F1 was previously renamed Microsoft 365 F3 . (Microsoft doesn’t like peer IDs for its subscriptions.)

Microsoft 365 F1 costs $ 4 per user per month, less than half of its older and older brother’s $ 10 per user per month. (That $ 10 for what is now marked as F3 was the same as the 2017 launch price).

This price is the same as Office 365 F3, which was also renamed from designation F1 previous . That subscription offers many of the same bits as the new Microsoft 365 F1, but it lacks some of what the latter contains and includes some of what the rival does not have. Among the first: Office 365 F3 does not have access to Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS), the comprehensive security and management platform found in Microsoft 365 F1. Meanwhile, Microsoft 365 F1 does not include OneDrive for Business storage or Windows virtual desktop rights, which is available in both Microsoft 365 F3 and Office 365 F3.

Another downside for Microsoft 365 F1 is that access to Office and Office Mobile online applications is read-only: F1 workers will be able to read missives in Word or PowerPoint, for example, but cannot create their own.

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The new Microsoft 365 F1 subscription costs less than half of the original, which has been renamed «F3», which is listed in the middle of the three columns, but does not have many of the components of the plan with higher prices.

The original Microsoft 365 F1 price (now F3 … yes, it’s confusing), the price of $ 10 per user per month was one of the things that stood out when Redmond debuted the subscription in 2017, because it was more than double-sided of the Office 365 F1 price somewhat similar (it will be called F3 on April 1; more confusion, yes, we know).

For $ 48 per year ($ 4 per user per month), companies will be able to equip an employee with Microsoft 365 F1 (new subscription) or Office 365 F3. There is no plan to combine the two. Instead, Microsoft has replaced Microsoft 365 F3, maiden F1, which for the current $ 120 per year ($ 10 per user per month), contains all the bits of both, plus a license for Windows 10 and Virtual. Desktop rights.

Teams, teams and more teams

Given the drastic change in the workplace and activity in the COVID-19 pandemic, Microsoft has also made much of the improved Teams component in 365 F1.

«We are also expanding the value of Microsoft teams included in our Firstline plans (Microsoft 365 F1, Office 365 F3 and Microsoft 365 F3) to include full audio / video capabilities, meeting rights, Walkie Talkie, and to add enhanced data management features. identity. And access. «, read the Microsoft ad on F1 .

Although the original Microsoft 365 F1 version (again, for the last time, now F3) included a Teams component, it was a restricted version of the collaboration platform, allowing only individual audio / video conversations.

Teams in the new F1, as well as the renamed version, called F3 and Office 365 F3, now include the full set of Teams skills. This should be a selling point for Microsoft 365 F1 and F3, the use of teams exploding as employers sent workers home. That is, if front-line employees still work in a way such as state after state order, closures are completed.