The “365” branding has been working extremely well for Microsoft. Shown in report after report as cloud revenue, Office 365 has been a cash cow for the company. Today at the company’s sales and partner conference, Inspire, in Washington, DC it has announced a new cloud-based subscription offering called Microsoft 365.
Microsoft 365 combines Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security (essentially Microsoft Intune). Earlier this year, Microsoft had already announced that it will combine big feature update delivery for Office 365 and Windows 10, and now with this combination offering that makes more sense.
For companies that would like to take advantage of what this offers, Microsoft is delivering two new commercial licenses: Microsoft 365 Enterprise and Microsoft 365 Business.
Microsoft 365 Enterprise is designed for large organizations and integrates Office 365 Enterprise, Windows 10 Enterprise and Enterprise Mobility + Security to empower employees to be creative and work together, securely.
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 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. It offers services to empower employees, safeguard the business and simplify IT management.
Microsoft 365 Business will be available in public preview on August 2, 2017. It will become generally available on a worldwide basis in the fall of 2017, priced at US $20 per user, per month.
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