What are the Microsoft 365 Apps?

Microsoft 365 is a collection of all the popular Microsoft apps, such as Word, Excel, and many more. All Microsoft 365 apps are interrelated applications and services that are part of the Microsoft Office Suite.

Background of Microsoft 365 

Microsoft Word was the first ever Microsoft application (currently in use) launched in 1983. The program was initially sold as an individual product, along with later releases like Excel, Powerpoint, or Projects. 

In 1988, Microsoft made a core productivity bundle with Word, Excel and PowerPoint. They sold the bundle as the original Microsoft Office. As time passed, other programs were launched and were added to the Office Bundle. This Microsoft Office bundle was sold as a one-time-pay package.

With the rise in popularity of the Internet, the rise of subscription-based programs also increased. So in 2011, Microsoft 365 was launched with the intent of making Microsoft a cloud and subscription-based service. So, they added all the applications from Microsoft Office to Microsoft 365.

Microsoft 365 Apps

Due to this, Word, Excel, and all the other apps on Microsoft 365 are backed up on the Microsoft cloud.

In order to access these apps, you need a Microsoft account, reliable internet, and need to buy the Office 365 premium service. 

What are Microsoft 365 Apps?

Microsoft 365 is a cloud-based subscription with all Microsoft apps available on it. Starting from Word in 1983, here is a list of all the Microsoft 365 apps that are currently available. (Not including discontinued products)

  • Word – October 25, 1983
  • Project – 1984 
  • Excel – 1987
  • PowerPoint – May 22, 1990
  • Publisher – 1991
  • Visio – 1992
  • Access – November 1992
  • Outlook.com – July 4, 1996
  • SharePoint – March 28, 2001
  • Skype – August 29, 2003
  • OneNote – November 19, 2003
  • OneDrive – August 1, 2007
  • Yammer – March 10, 2008
  • Office Online – June 7, 2010
  • Power BI – July 11, 2011
  • Sway – 2014
  • Delve – March 2015
  • Planner – June 6, 2016
  • Forms – June 20, 2016
  • Bookings – July 20, 2016
  • Microsoft Teams – November 2, 2016
  • Microsoft To-Do – April 2017
  • Microsoft Stream – June 20, 2017
  • Microsoft Lists – July 20, 2020

How to Download Microsoft 365 Apps? 

You can get all of the Microsoft 365 apps by following these steps.

MS 365 Apps

On Web Browser

  1. Open your preferred web browser and go to Office.com.
  2. Click on Sign in and log in with your credentials.
  3. Go to the home page and click on Get Microsoft 365.
  4. Scroll down and click either For Home or For Business, and Paid Yearly or Paid Monthly, depending on your preference.
  5. Click on Buy now and follow the instructions.

On Phone

  1. Open the App Store/Play Store and search for Microsoft 365.
  2. Tap on the download button and wait for the app to install.
  3. Open Microsoft 365.
  4. Tap on Get Started > Next > Accept.
  5. Tap on the One Month Free Trail.
  6. Login to your Microsoft account 
  7. Add your banking credentials and choose your preferred payment option.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Microsoft 365 Apps Are There for Faculty Features?

There are quite a few MS 365 features for faculty and business versions. They include Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype, among others.

Are Microsoft 365 Apps Available for Free Download?

All of the Microsoft 365 Apps are available for free download. You can head over to the App Store on iOS, Play Store on Android, or Microsoft Store on PC to get those apps.

On these app stores, you can download the main Microsoft 365 app or download each app like Excel or Word individually. All of these apps are free to download but they do have in-app purchases and sign-in functions in the app. 

How Many Microsoft 365 Apps Are There?

There are around 25 active Microsoft 365 apps. If you count discontinued apps, the tally reaches more than 50/60 apps.

Liam Johnson
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