Microsoft 365 announced

Microsoft 365 announced

At the recent Inspire global partner conference, held in Washington DC, Microsoft announced the introduction of Microsoft 365. This brings together Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security to deliver a complete, intelligent and secure solution to empower employees.

It represents a fundamental shift in how Microsoft will design, build and go to market to address customers’ needs for a modern workplace and will have 2 offerings.

Microsoft 365 Enterprise

This is designed for large organisations and integrates Office 365 Enterprise, Windows 10 Enterprise and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) to empower employees to be creative and work together, securely. It:

  • Unlocks creativity by enabling people to work naturally with ink, voice and touch, all backed by tools that utilise AI and machine learning.
  • Provides the broadest and deepest set of apps and services with a universal toolkit for teamwork, giving people flexibility and choice in how they connect, share and communicate.
  • Simplifies IT by unifying management across users, devices, apps and services.
  • Helps safeguard customer data, company data and intellectual property with built-in, intelligent security.

Microsoft 365 Enterprise is offered in two plans – Microsoft 365 E3 and Microsoft 365 E5. Both are available for purchase on August 1, 2017.

Microsoft 365 Business

Microsoft 365 Business is designed for small- to medium-sized businesses with up to 300 users and integrates Office 365 Business Premium with tailored security and management features from Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS). It offers services to empower employees, safeguard the business and simplify IT management.

  • Helps companies achieve more together by better connecting employees, customers and suppliers.
  • Empowers employees to get work done from anywhere, on any device.
  • Protects company data across devices with always-on security.
  • Simplifies the set-up and management of employee devices and services with a single IT console.

Microsoft 365 Business will be available in public preview on August 2, 2017. It will become generally available on a worldwide basis in the autumn of 2017, priced at US $20 per user, per month.