Microsoft is looking to get more enterprise and business customers using its cloud services with the release of a range of new cloud bundles, to be known as Microsoft 365.
The subscription-based services will come in two primary offerings, Enterprise and Business, with the Enterprise version bringing together Windows 10 Enterprise, Office 365 Enterprise and Enterprise Mobility + Security into a single offering.
Microsoft already offered an all-in-one plan very similar to this for its largest customers, most recently called the Secure Productive Enterprise package. That plan has now been replaced by its successor, Microsoft 365 Enterprise, which will be available from the 1st of August.
Microsoft 365 Enterprise is offered in two plans – E3 and E5. The two are broadly similar, with E5 offering additional features such as PSTN Conferencing, Cloud PBX, Advanced Threat Protection, Advanced Security Management and Power BI Pro.
Microsoft claims that 365 Enterprise will:
- Unlock creativity by enabling people to work naturally with ink, voice and touch, all backed by tools that utilise AI and machine learning
- Provide a universal toolkit for teamwork, giving people flexibility and choice in how they connect, share and communicate
- Simplify IT by unifying management across users, devices, apps and services
- Help safeguard customer data, company data and intellectual property with built-in, intelligent security
Customers will be able to buy Microsoft 365 Enterprise through Enterprise Agreements or via Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) resellers.
The other new service is Microsoft 365 Business, which is designed for small to medium sized businesses with up to 300 users. It integrates Office 365 Business Premium with tailored security and management features from Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security.
In this case customers will be able to buy the Business version directly from Microsoft or via CSPs. It will be available in public preview from the 2nd of August.
The new packages are clearly aimed at streamlining and simplifying how Microsoft sells its cloud computing services to both large and small organisations.
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