Microsoft splits up the Groups and Workplace apps worldwide, following EU break up

Teams is being decoupled from the other Office apps worldwide, six months after Microsoft did the same thing for the EU.

Enlarge / Groups is being decoupled from the opposite Workplace apps worldwide, six months after Microsoft did the identical factor for the EU. (credit score: Microsoft/Andrew Cunningham)

Months after unbundling the apps within the European Union, Microsoft is taking the Workplace and Groups breakup worldwide. Reuters studies that Microsoft will start promoting Groups and the opposite Microsoft 365 apps to new industrial prospects as separate merchandise with separate worth tags starting at this time.

“To make sure readability for our prospects, we’re extending the steps we took final 12 months to unbundle Groups from M365 and O365 within the European Financial Space and Switzerland to prospects globally,” a Microsoft spokesperson instructed Ars. “Doing so additionally addresses suggestions from the European Fee by offering multinational firms extra flexibility after they wish to standardize their buying throughout geographies.”

The unbundling is a win for different workforce communication apps like Slack and videoconferencing apps like Zoom, each of which predate Groups however have not had the advantages of the Workplace apps’ big established person base.

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