Microsoft has unveiled Microsoft 365, a new offering for businesses which brings together Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. This is an attempt to make it easier for companies to dive into the Microsoft ecosystem without IT departments losing their minds.
Microsoft currently sells its various products to businesses big and small in a number of different ways. Microsoft 365 unifies Redmond’s various offerings into one complete package. The hope is to make it as attractive as possible for a company to go all-in on Microsoft products.
Microsoft 365 Means Microsoft Means Business
Microsoft 365 comes in two distinct flavors: Microsoft 365 Enterprise (aimed at large organizations) and Microsoft 365 Business (aimed at small- to medium-sized businesses). Enterprise will be available from August 1, 2017, with Business available in public preview from August 2, 2017. When it launches fully in the fall it will cost businesses $20-per-user, per-month.
On the Official Microsoft Blog, Judson Althoff – Executive Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Business describes Microsoft 365 as “a complete, intelligent and secure solution to empower all companies and all workers, recognizing that people are at the heart of digital transformation.” He then adds, “It puts people at the center, giving them flexibility to work where and how they want and giving them new ways to collaborate with others — all while protecting company data.”
As part of Microsoft 365 Business Microsoft is adding three new tailored applications. Microsoft Connections is a “simple-to-use email marketing service,” Microsoft Listings is an “easy way to publish your business information on top sites,” and Microsoft Invoicing is a “new way to create professional invoices and get paid fast”. These will also be added to Office 365 Business Premium.
Microsoft Is Selling Software As a Service
As Microsoft continues its evolution into a company selling Software as a Service it needs to offer easier solutions for individuals and companies alike. Microsoft 365 is a prime example of this mindset, offering a cohesive solution that lifts the burden off of overstretched IT departments.
Do you work at a company that has gone all-in on Microsoft? How have you found the experience? Do you think Microsoft 365 will make everything better? Or would you prefer your company to look elsewhere for its IT needs? Please let us know in the comments below!
Image Credit: Toshiyuki IMAI via Flickr