Microsoft has bundled up its core products for businesses for a monthly fee, to encourage companies to upgrade to Windows 10. Its new offering, Microsoft 365, includes Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security, for a monthly, per-user fee.
By wrapping its products into one package, the company is making it easier for businesses big and small to manage and pay for the software. It also pushes customers to the latest versions of Office and Windows and, as it’s subscription-based, ensures they’ll always have the latest version of software – something Microsoft are keen to encourage among its user base. In the recent Cyber Security attacks, Microsoft have scrambled to produce patches for their old software, but this has still left some users vulnerable. Having latest versions should help alleviate this pressure.
There are two main versions of the new package:
Microsoft 365 Business
Caters for businesses with up to 300 users. Alongside Windows, Office and the security tools, the bundle will also include Microsoft’s mileage tracking app, called Mile IQ, and previews of three new SMB-focused apps: Listings, for email marketing; Connections, to help publish your business information online; and Invoicing. It will hit public preview on 2 August and be available in the autumn.
Microsoft 365 Enterprise
For larger companies, Microsoft 365 Enterprise comes in two versions E3 and E5, with both available on 1 August. The former comes with Office, Outlook and Exchange, Teams, Skype for Business, SharePoint, Yammer and Microsoft’s threat protection system, as well as analytics and management software. E5 adds further analytics and compliance tools, and Microsoft’s advanced security tools, as well as PSTN Conferencing and Cloud PBX.
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