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Microsoft 365 Brings Together Office and Windows for Business Users

Businesses need more unified, simplified technology to make the most of digital transformation, according to Microsoft. So the company is rolling out Microsoft 365, a new offering that combines existing cloud-based tools for computing, productivity, mobility, and security.

Announced during the annual Microsoft Inspire partner conference, which kicked off yesterday in Washington, DC, Microsoft 365 will be available in two packages: Microsoft 365 Enterprise for large business users, and Microsoft 365 Business for small to medium-size businesses.

Bringing together Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security, Microsoft 365 “represents a fundamental shift in how we will design, build and go to market to address our customers’ needs for a modern workplace,” according to Microsoft.

The company also unveiled several other new offerings during the first full day of Inspire, including the coming support for virtualization for some Windows 10 business subscribers, new Azure Stack capabilities for hybrid cloud deployments, and new services and support for Surface partners.

‘A More Cohesive Approach’

Microsoft 365 is “a more cohesive approach and reflects the shift our partners and our mutual customers are making — from viewing productivity, security and device management as individual workloads to seeking a comprehensive approach to secure productivity, Judson Althoff, executive vice president for worldwide commercial business, wrote this morning on the Microsoft blog. For Microsoft’s partners, it also “represents a significant opportunity to increase deal size, differentiate offerings, and grow their managed services revenue,” he added.

Available for purchase starting Aug. 1, Microsoft 365 Enterprise will be available in two different plans: Microsoft 365 E3 and Microsoft 365 E5. Both will offer cloud-based IT, productivity and security tools that are also backed by advanced capabilities such as machine learning and artificial intelligence. In addition, E5 will offer “the latest and most advanced innovations in security, compliance, analytics, and…


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