Microsoft 365 New Commercial Cloud Solution Announced At Inspire

Several new cloud offerings including Microsoft 365, Azure Stack, that wraps cloud sbuscription services into new 365 bundle, and two new business apps now available.

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Microsoft at the recently concluded Inspire in Washington DC, unveiled a new Microsoft 365 offering that include, a new set of commercial offerings like Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS).

In addition, the company has also shared some stats and said, that Office 365 is now strong with more than 100 million commercial monthly active users, and that Windows 10 now has over 500 million devices in use.

Microsoft 365, which delivers a complete, intelligent, and secure solution to empower employees is made available in two variants: "Microsoft 365 Enterprise" and "Microsoft 365 Business."

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The difference between the two, "Microsoft 365 Enterprise, is targets large organizations and integrates Office 365 Enterprise, Windows 10 Enterprise and Enterprise Mobility + Security." Microsoft 365 Enterprise plans include—Microsoft 365 E3 and Microsoft 365 E5.

While, "Microsoft 365 Business, is designed for small- to medium-sized businesses with up to 300 users. It bring along Office 365 Business Premium with tailored security and management features from Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security."

Here are some features of the two Microsoft 365 offerings:

Microsoft 365 Enterprise:

  • Unlocks creativity by enabling people to work naturally with ink, voice and touch, all backed by tools that utilize AI and machine learning.
  • Provides the broadest and deepest set of apps and services with a universal toolkit for teamwork, giving people flexibility and choice in how they connect, share and communicate.
  • Simplifies IT by unifying management across users, devices, apps and services.
  • Helps safeguard customer data, company data and intellectual property with built-in, intelligent security.

Microsoft 365 Business:

  • Helps companies achieve more together by better connecting employees, customers and suppliers.
  • Empowers employees to get work done from anywhere, on any device.
  • Protects company data across devices with always-on security.
  • Simplifies the set-up and management of employee devices and services with a single IT console.

While both of Microsoft 365 Enterprise' plans are available for purchase on August 1, Microsoft 365 Business will be available only in public preview starting on Aug 2. It will become generally available in the fall of 2017, on a worldwide basis.

Also on Monday, Microsoft announced three tailored applications in preview for Office 365 Business Premium and Microsoft 365 Business, including:

  • Microsoft Connections—A simple-to-use email marketing service.
  • Microsoft Listings—An easy way to publish your business information on top sites.
  • Microsoft Invoicing—A new way to create professional invoices and get paid fast.

Other announcements of the day include, a Microsoft's mileage tracking app called, "MileIQ," is now included with Office 365 Business Premium. And, that Microsoft Azure Stack is now available to order.

MileIQ offers a simple, smarter way to track your miles—with automatic drive detection and mileage logging, easy one-swipe classification as business or personal, and comprehensive reporting.

"Azure Stack offers a truly consistent hybrid cloud platform, providing an ideal fit for customers who want flexibility without having to build applications in a different way," Althoff writes.

Two ways that Microsoft will help partners "connect with customers and bring innovative solutions to market," were also announced. The Azure co-sell program, which has been in pilot form, will be accelerated over the next year. Another program, ISV Cloud Embed, will make it easier for partners to modernize existing business applications and build new ones.

"Through this new program partners can purchase core Dynamics 365, Power BI, Power Apps and Microsoft Flow capabilities as embeddable 'building blocks' at discounts of up to 50 percent. In the same way that partners today build their apps on Microsoft Azure, they can now also use our business applications platform to easily add sales automation, service line and operational backend functionality to their own apps."

For more information, please check out Microsoft.com/Microsoft-365.

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Earlier in this month, Microsoft Workplace Analytics—a powerful new organizational analytics solution, also made generally available as an add-on to any Office 365 enterprise plan.

Workplace Analytics taps into Office 365 email and calendar metadata, including to/from data, subject lines and timestamps, to shine a light on how the organization collaborates and spends time.