Tech Giant Microsoft has announced a new service called Microsoft 365. On Monday, at the company’s Inspire business conference, the tech giant had made this important announcement
Microsoft 365 mainly targets larger companies. It bundles three of its standalone services: Office 36, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security.
Commenting on the New ‘Microsoft 365’, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that” this new offer was created with business in mind. The primary goal is to reduce the expense to buy and incorporate an OS with Office and device management apps from different dealers. The new Microsoft 365 service is the biggest step taken by the company. The main aim is to offer the window OS as a monthly subscription service and not for one-time purchase.”
Earlier Microsoft offered Windows 10 as a subscribe pack but only for Windows 10 Enterprise versions. The new announcement provides more options and substantial step in the way of changing Windows default economic Licensing model.
Microsoft 365 Enterprise is for larger companies
The Microsoft 365 would be available in two versions: Microsoft 365 Enterprise for larger companies and Microsoft 365 Business for smaller companies. The difference between the two is the services provided in each pack. For example, Microsoft 365 Enterprise users will have to access to a version of Windows 10 Enterprise, while Microsoft 365 Business will have access to Windows 10 Professional editions.
With both the services, companies will receive access to Office 365 accounts for their employees, as long with Enterprise and Enterprise Mobility + Security, a cloud-based services for managing employee accounts, mobile devices, virtualized desktops, and other security services.
Microsoft 365 Enterprise will be available in two plans E3 and E5 which will be available for purchase on August 1, 2017.
Microsoft 365 Business is for smaller companies
Smaller companies that have up to 300 employees are eligible for Microsoft 365 Business. This offering will be available for public preview starting on August 2, 2017, and available for general purchase in the fall of 2017.
Microsoft 365 Business will be priced at $20 per user, per month. The company’s move towards a subscription-based model also explains the rumors from last week that Microsoft was getting ready to fire thousands of employees from its sales departments.