Why is Microsoft breaking up Teams and Office?

The company had previously divided the software in Europe, but will now make this change globally

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Microsoft's products remain among the most used in the workplace, especially its video-chatting service Teams and its flagship suite of apps, Office. However, the pair are about to undergo a major change: While Teams and Office have previously been offered as a bundle, Microsoft has announced that it will begin selling the two products as separate entities.  

This change already occurred in Europe at the end of 2023, but this announcement confirms that Microsoft will unbundle the two products globally. This separation will be implemented via a "new lineup of commercial Microsoft 365 and Office 365 suites that do not include Teams in regions outside [Europe] and Switzerland," Microsoft said in a press release. The company also provided a list of options for customers in the U.S. — and everywhere else — to "continue to use, renew, upgrade, and add seats to their current plans as usual."

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Justin Klawans, The Week US

 Justin Klawans has worked as a staff writer at The Week since 2022. He began his career covering local news before joining Newsweek as a breaking news reporter, where he wrote about politics, national and global affairs, business, crime, sports, film, television and other Hollywood news. Justin has also freelanced for outlets including Collider and United Press International.