Microsoft 365 was introduced mid year at the Inspire conference by Satya Nadella. The Microsoft CEO unveiled Microsoft 365, which brings together Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security, delivering a complete, intelligent and secure solution to empower employees. It represents a fundamental shift in how we will design, build and go to market to address our customers’ needs for a modern workplace.
There is no doubt that workplace is transforming—from changing employee expectations, to more diverse and globally distributed teams, to an increasingly complex threat landscape. From these trends, there is a new culture of work emerging. Customers are looking to empower their people with innovative technology to embrace this modern culture of work.
In order to address the commercial need of the big businesses and SME’s Microsoft introduced the Microsoft 365 Enterprise (E3 and E5) and Microsoft 365 Business. While the two Enterprise plans are targeted at large enterprises that are always in Microsoft’s focus, the Business plan was built as an exclusive option for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
At the moment, Microsoft 365 Business is available in public beta so that potential customers can try it before the solution becomes generally available at the end of the year. So it’s just the right time to learn what Microsoft’s new offering can provide to its owners and users.
Microsoft 365 Enterprise is designed for large organizations and integrates Office 365 Enterprise, Windows 10 Enterprise and Enterprise Mobility + Security to empower employees to be creative and work together, securely.
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 Enterprise is offered in two plans—Microsoft 365 E3 and Microsoft 365 E5.
Microsoft 365 Enterprise is built on the foundation of the highly successful Secure Productive Enterprise, which grew seats by triple digits in the last year. Going forward, Microsoft 365 Enterprise replaces Secure Productive Enterprise to double-down on the new customer promise of empowering employees to be creative and work together, securely.
Microsoft 365 Business is designed for small- to medium-sized businesses with up to 300 users and integrates Office 365 Business Premium with tailored security and management features from Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security. It offers services to empower employees, safeguard the business and simplify IT management.
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.
How Are Collaboration Tools Distributed on Microsoft 365?
It’s interesting to note how Microsoft will distribute their collaboration tools for the different Microsoft 365 plans. Currently, collaboration sets look like this:
• Microsoft 365 Business goes with Outlook for inbox collaboration, Microsoft Teams, and Skype for Business for team collaboration, and, OneDrive as a file storage.
• Microsoft 365 Enterprise goes with Outlook, Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, SharePoint Online, and Yammer.
The business version will power employee-to-employee and team collaboration. As for the Enterprise version, it will support team and organization-wide collaboration. Enterprise subscribers will be able to create fully-functional corporate intranets and manage their collaboration with a variety of different tools.
Watch out for more information.