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Microsoft 365: What This Means For Your Business

September 25, 2017

​Earlier this week, Microsoft introduced the Microsoft 365 Suite bundle to accommodate enterprises and businesses with a complete, intelligent, and secure solution to empower employees. Looking forward, Microsoft aims to address the need to build for a "modern workplace", integrating Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility & Security together as a software-as-a-service subscription plan. 

Available as preview starting on August 2nd, 2017 - organizations can demo the bundle based on two subscription models:

Microsoft 365 Business

Aimed for small-to-medium sized organizations with low to medium IT requirements - customers can buy up to 300 subscriptions under the Microsoft 365 Business model. Integrating Office 365 Business Premium with tailored security and management features from Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security, Microsoft 365 is available as preview starting August 2nd, 2017. It will become generally available on a worldwide basis in the fall of 2017.

Management tools in Microsoft 365 Business include:

  • Auto-install (and uninstall) of Office

  • Empower employees to get work done from anywhere, on any device

  • Selectively wipe company data from devices, both company and employee owned within a single IT console

  • Enforce user settings on devices, including access to Windows Store or use of Cortana

  • Force users to save all their work on OneDrive for Business to autonomously sync for shared collaboration

  • Configure new PC's as well as existing systems to Windows 10 using AutoPilot

  • Automatically update and upgrade Windows 10 PC's using Windows Update for Business

  • Protect company data across devices with always-on security

Learn more about Microsoft 365 Business

Microsoft 365 Enterprise

Offered in two plans - Microsoft 365 E3 and Microsoft 365 E5, the enterprise edition of Microsoft 365 is designed for larger organizations and integrates Office 365 Enterprise, Windows 10 Enterprise and Enterprise Mobility + Security. This suite built to replace Microsoft's highly successful Secure Productive Enterprise is reserved for organizations in need of stricter security compliance with advanced business intelligence and communication standards.

Microsoft 365 Enterprise includes everything in Microsoft 365 Business with the addition of:

  • Office 365 Enterprise: Dependent on your SKU purchase, Office 365 is inclusive of Office applications with the ability to add on:

    • Skype Integrations with Telephone System: With Skype for Business, you can simplify your infrastructure with one platform for calling, conferencing video and sharing. 

    • Power BI: Easy-to-use live data monitoring and in-depth analysis tools let you discover new stories in your data with even more interactive reports, simpler dashboards, and compelling data visualizations.

    • Advanced Threat Protection: With Advanced Threat Protection, you have even more control with increased privacy, transparency, and refined user controls. 

  • Windows 10 Enterprise: Powerful collaboration, advanced security and control, and all the space you need on the safest, most secure Windows OS ever. 

  • Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS): Addressing security challenges in this mobile-first, cloud-first era - EMS is an identify-driven solution to not only help protect your organization but also identify breaches before they cause damage. EMS is the fast-growing mobile device management and security suite for enterprises looking to control their 'BYOB' workforce.

  • Simply manage technology costs in one subscription, with simple per user, per month pricing.

Learn more about Microsoft 365 Enterprise

What does this mean for your business?

Microsoft 365 was developed by Microsoft to provide best-in-class productivity and collaboration capabilities of Office 365 together with device management and security solutions that safeguard business data. Combining three different product lines together, IT staff can get a more holistic handle of enabling agility through the cloud, yet ensuring safety in a single, cost-effective solution. 

For Microsoft 365 Business, cost for the platform costs begin at $20 USD/user. With Office 365 Business Premium valued at $7.50 USD user/month, customers receive Windows 10 Pro and the various management service components for just $12.50 USD more.

For organizations that currently own Office 365 and wish to enable a more secure environment with better mobile device management and preventative protection against malware - Microsoft 365 provides a conclusive suite offering for enabling security and productivity through the cloud. 

Microsoft 365 will be available towards the end of 2017, but current Office 365 customers can try Microsoft 365 for free. Microsoft recommends that all Microsoft 365 Preview Trials are deployed by a Microsoft Partner - and Softlanding is a certified Microsoft Gold Partner. 

Here are your next steps:

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Previewing Microsoft 365 Business 

Starting August 2nd, you can preview Microsoft 365 Business under a trial deployed by a Microsoft Partner. Softlanding is able to set up your organization with a free trial as a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. Contact us to get a trial of Microsoft 365 Business started.
 

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Understanding the functionalities of Microsoft 365 

Softlanding and Microsoft will be hosting a Microsoft 365 information session and going into depth with the business capabilities of Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. Register to attend


 August 30th 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Microsoft Vancouver
Floor 11 - 1111 W Georgia Street
Vancouver BC

 

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