Microsoft is pushing businesses towards Windows 10 and Office 365 with the announcement of Microsoft 365 today. The company revealed the new 365 offering at its 2017 Inspire event in Washington, D.C. this week.
“The workplace is transforming—from changing employee expectations, to more diverse and globally distributed teams, to an increasingly complex threat landscape. From these trends, we are seeing a new culture of work emerging. Our customers are telling us they are looking to empower their people with innovative technology to embrace this modern culture of work,” Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team, wrote in a post.
Microsoft 365 is a combination of Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. According to the company, it gives the modern workplace an intelligent and secure solution to empower employees and address customer needs.
"I imagine Microsoft 365 will be revolutionary for the industry. We've been waiting for transformative business solutions, and Microsoft 365 is the answer for today's enterprises. With this new solution, customers at both large and small companies will be able to implement a holistic Microsoft ecosystem that IT departments will be able to use with ease.," said Dux Raymond Sy, CMO and public sector CTO at AvePoint.
Microsoft 365 will be available as two versions: Microsoft 365 Enterprise and Microsoft 365 Business.
The enterprise version is focused on large organizations and features Office 365 Enterprise, Windows 10 Enterprise and Enterprise Mobility + Security.
The business version is focused on small-to-medium sized organizations and features Office 365 Business Premium, security and management capabilities from Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. In addition, the company announced three preview apps for Microsoft 365 Business: Microsoft Connections, Listings and Invoicing.
"Microsoft 365 is a great evolution for everyone. Particularly over the last 12 months, we have seen tremendous momentum with Nintex workflows running on Office 365. If customers adopt Microsoft 365, they will be much more invested in what Microsoft is establishing as the modern platform for productivity. When customers are running Microsoft’s modern platform it means tremendous opportunities for Microsoft partners of all types. For many partners in Nintex global partner ecosystem, it means increased deployment opportunities, but more importantly, an opportunity to digitally transform their customers," said Josh Waldo, chief customer officer and Nintext.