By the end of the year, Microsoft is expected to release a suite of office automation apps that will offer similar functionality to Apple’s AirPods and Google Home.
But the suite is expected not to be the default app for most office workers.
“Microsoft has been working closely with the Office team and partners to develop a suite that meets the needs of every professional,” said Brian Wieser, Microsoft’s director of the Office 365 business.
“We believe this suite will be an integral part of all employees in the future.”
Microsoft’s suite of Office automation apps will be based on Microsoft’s Office suite of productivity tools.
These include Microsoft’s Outlook email client, Microsoft Dynamics GPO, Office Suite and the new Office 365 Management Console, which is built on the Office apps.
Office 365 is a subscription service for businesses that lets users get paid for using Office 365 services.
It will offer an unlimited number of productivity apps, and Office 365 customers will be able to sync their existing apps to use the new apps.
Microsoft will also continue to offer a cloud-based version of its Office suite called the Office Cloud, which lets businesses create and manage cloud-enabled versions of their Office apps on Azure.
Microsoft plans to offer the Office suite for free in the coming months, but that will only be possible if the company can sell its Office apps at a discount.
Microsoft is not the only company working on office automation.
Amazon has announced it will be releasing an Office suite in the next few months, as well as a cloud version of the suite.
Microsoft has also recently launched its own productivity suite called Office 365 Pro, which offers a variety of apps, including the Office productivity suite.