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May 29, 2022

Windows 11 makes it easier to find your Microsoft 365 Office subscriptions

Microsoft’s updated Settings app allows users to manage Microsoft 365 subscriptions and view Office products with perpetual licenses associated with a Microsoft account.

Microsoft is “slowly” rolling out an update to the Windows 11 Settings app that will allow users to manage their Microsoft account subscriptions and payments, and view permanently licensed products such as Office 2019 if they are linked to an account.

The Settings app will soon include a new section under Accounts called “Your Microsoft Account” where users can manage subsections for Microsoft 365 Office apps and OneDrive storage. It also includes links to order history, payment information and Microsoft Rewards.

Until now, these account management options were available on the Microsoft Account Management page associated with a Microsoft account. But soon Windows 11 users will be able to manage these accounts in the Settings app.

For now, Microsoft is rolling out the new Microsoft Account feature in Settings in the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25126 for Windows Insiders on the Dev Channel. It measures the response before expanding to more Dev Channel Insider testers.

Generally, Windows 11 features released to the Dev channel are not guaranteed to make it to the Beta channel or the mainstream, but this addition to the Settings app seems to be carrying over.

It actually extends an update to Accounts in Settings in October, which allows users to view Microsoft 365 subscriptions in Windows 11. In February, Microsoft made Microsoft 365 subscription management more visible under Settings > Accounts.

This build allows users to view “all supported Office products indefinitely,” such as Office 2021 or Office 2019 associated with an account in Settings > accounts.

“With this update, you can view all supported Microsoft 365 Office products licensed to your account and view details about your product or install Office by clicking the ‘View Details’ button,” Microsoft says in a blog post.

Microsoft has experimented a lot with changes to Search within Windows 11. Earlier this year, it began updating content with “Search Highlights” in the Start menu search box and Search when pinned to the taskbar. The moves brought Bing closer to the Windows 11 desktop.

Earlier this month, Microsoft began testing a new Bing-powered Web search box in the middle of the Windows 11 desktop interface. The search box was the first example of how Microsoft will test “lightweight interactive content on the Windows desktop” using content displayed today in the Windows 11 widgets pane.

Microsoft is hosting its Build 2022 developer conference this week. The company announced that it is expanding the Amazon Appstore preview, allowing some Android apps to run on Windows 11 by the end of this year, from the US to France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the UK.

To prepare for expanded availability, Microsoft this week updated the Windows subsystem for Android (WSA) to Android 12.1 and introduced a host of stability improvements.

Source: zdnet

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