The big news at this week's Microsoft Inspire event is the announcement of Microsoft 365 – a way for companies of all sizes to have the same centralized IT administration, cyber security, and data protections previously available only to big organizations. Microsoft 365 simplifies managing all your connected devices and services while enhancing the productivity of all employees.
A few enterprise and small-to-midsized business (SMB) customers have had the opportunity to already trial this new offering from Microsoft that bundles together Windows 10, Office 365, and Enterprise Mobility and Security. Now the Microsoft 365 trial is available to the public. Here's what you need to know about this exciting new productivity solution made for a mobile first-cloud first workplace:
Microsoft 365 Simplifies IT At Your Company
Microsoft 365 makes it easy for any sized business to deploy the latest versions of Microsoft Windows 10 and Office 365 to every device in the organization. By leveraging their extensive cloud infrastructure investments, Microsoft added a layer of intelligent cyber security and mobile device management (MDM) capabilities into a single, easy-to-manage package. That includes securing your sensitive business information on all employee devices, real-time monitoring that prevents ransomware, spyware, and other types of malware from gaining a foothold. Microsoft 365 also enables easy implementation of IT management policies that may be required by your local government or your customers.
We believe what we've seen of Microsoft 365 at Inspire is a game changer for businesses. Because IT resources are finite, it has always been challenging for companies to configure, secure, and manage Windows and Office across multiple devices. We see Microsoft 365 as a comprehensive, cloud-based productivity solution to let your IT staff focus on adding value to your growing business instead of endlessly fighting fires.
Choose From Two Different Microsoft 365 Options
Microsoft 365 is definitely not a "one size fits all" solution. There are two separate options for Microsoft 365 to meet the needs (and price points) of various-sized organizations. In general, the differences between Microsoft 365 are:
It's Integrated, Cross-platform, And Cost-effective
As soon as you see it in action, you'll appreciate that Microsoft 365 is much more than a bundle of the Windows operating system with Office apps. It's a tightly integrated IT solution where devices managed and secured across the entire workforce. We've discussed how Office 365 is the best choice for mobile workers using iOS devices and the benefits of Windows 10 Enterprise, but it's not' until the release of Microsoft 365 that these separate options become a single, cost-effective solution for business.
Both versions of Microsoft 365 are expected to be generally available toward 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 Amaxra is a certified Microsoft Gold Partner.
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