On July 10th Microsoft unveiled its new single solution Cloud package, aptly named Microsoft 365. Coming in two forms, Microsoft 365 Enterprise and Microsoft 365 Business, both variants will bundle Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. Touted as the premier way to purchase both Office and Windows together in one package under a single subscription, it will make licensing more streamlined than ever before.
Microsoft 365 Enterprise is a re-imagining of Secure Productive Enterprise, and is ideal for large-scale organizations. Similar to how Office 365 is offered, Microsoft 365 will have two versions, E3 and E5. Microsoft 365 Business is meant for small to medium sized businesses with up to 300 users. Both Enterprise and Business variants stress employee empowerment and security effectiveness.
Microsoft’s focus here is a greater level of integration, rather than a bevy of new features. With that said, there are 3 notable additions that will be previewed in Microsoft 365 Business:
• Microsoft Connections – simple to use email marketing service
• Microsoft Listing – an easy way to publish business info on top sites
• Microsoft Invoicing – a new way to create invoices and get paid faster
In addition, MileIQ, Microsoft’s mileage tracking app, will now be included with Office 365 Business Premium.
What does this mean for you?
Microsoft is clear in outlining its goal for those who purchase: a greater enablement of cloud effectiveness than ever before. Microsoft sees this grouping as the ultimate set of cloud software packages, and their principal foray into driving digital transformation efforts.
Microsoft 365 Enterprise will be available for purchase beginning August 1st, and Microsoft 365 Business will be available for public preview August 2nd.