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  1.    10 Jul 2017 #1
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    Introducing Microsoft 365


    Today at Inspire, Satya Nadella 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.

    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.

    With more than 100 million commercial monthly active users of Office 365, and more than 500 million Windows 10 devices in use, Microsoft is in a unique position to help companies empower their employees, unlocking business growth and innovation.

    To address the commercial needs from the largest enterprise to the smallest business, we are introducing Microsoft 365 Enterprise and Microsoft 365 Business.

    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. Both are available for purchase on August 1, 2017.

    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.

    Microsoft 365 Business will be available in public preview on August 2, 2017. It will become generally available on a worldwide basis in the fall of 2017, priced at US $20 per user, per month.

    As a part of our commitment to small-to-medium sized customers, we’re also announcing the preview of three tailored applications that are coming to Office 365 Business Premium and Microsoft 365 Business:

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

    Today, we are also announcing that Microsoft’s mileage tracking app, MileIQ, is now included with Office 365 Business Premium.

    Satya also discussed how Microsoft 365 represents a significant opportunity for partners to grow their business. Microsoft 365 will drive growth by enabling our more than 64,000 cloud partners to differentiate their offerings, simplify their sales processes and increase their revenue.

    According to two Forrester Total Economic Impact™ Studies (commissioned studies conducted by Forrester Consulting), Microsoft 365 Enterprise and Microsoft 365 Business increase average partner margins by an estimated 35 percent and 20 percent, respectively, over three years. Partners can learn more and explore training, sales and deployment resources on the Microsoft 365 partner site.

    We are incredibly enthusiastic about Microsoft 365 and how it will help customers and partners drive growth and innovation. To learn more about Microsoft 365, please visit Microsoft.com/Microsoft-365.

    —Kirk Koenigsbauer


    Source: Introducing Microsoft 365 - Office Blogs


    See also: Microsoft 365 announced at Inspire 2017 | Top 4 things for partners to know Microsoft Partner Network Blog
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  2.    10 Jul 2017 #2
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    The beginnings of a subscription based Windows 10?
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  3.    11 Jul 2017 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by OilerNut View Post
    The beginnings of a subscription based Windows 10?
    Maybe, I'm fine with that as long as its "optional" and the full products are there if you want to go that route. I had a quick look and what I see is "Enterprise" and Business', which is usually subscription anyway. This just puts it all in the one package. Will have to give it a good read once I get a cup of coffee in me and wake up.
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  4.    11 Jul 2017 #4

    I don't think home and pro users need to worry about a possible subscription model.
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  5.    11 Jul 2017 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
    I don't think home and pro users need to worry about a possible subscription model.
    What is there to be worried about? A subscription including both Windows and Office would be ideal for most average even advanced home users, as well as private entrepeneurs. I would subscribe the minute it came available!

    Anyway, these new subscription plans for small and midsize business and bigger enterprises seem to be exactly what has been missing and what most IT admins have waited for. Simple deployment, easy central management, guarantee that all devices are always using the latest releases of both Windows and Office.

    Excellent move Microsoft!

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  6.    11 Jul 2017 #6
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    I was also thinking Small Business when I reread it.
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  7.    11 Jul 2017 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    What is there to be worried about? A subscription including both Windows and Office would be ideal for most average even advanced home users,
    Not for me. I bought a PC with Pro installed. I have since paid for an upgrade and bought Office. It is all paid for.

    Why would I want to pay €10 a month extra?

    I see your point but MS must either make Windows worse for home users (like they are by introducing Windows S) or non existent first.

    The alternative is to make Office somehow compulsory. If you have a job Office is required as free versions just don't work well enough (but then if you have a job your company will pay for it anyway). If you don't have a job it really isn't necessary and €10 p/m for cloud storage is certainly not cheap.

    Not on top of €10 for your phone and €20 for your internet and €3 for the box to plug into your internet and so on and so on.

    I understand their model but it isn't for me (until I have to).
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  8.    11 Jul 2017 #8
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    I don't see this replacing site licenses for very large installations. At the US Federal Agency that I worked (as a Regional LAN/WAN Network Manager) the last contract for system/workstations (before I retired) was for 55,000 workstations (PC's). They had site licenses for the Windows OS (NT4 at the time) plus MS Office. That is probably different than the new Enterprise that is being instituted.

    The software portion of that contract was so big (it included MS Client Server software for the servers) that Microsoft permanently stationed a support group at the Federal Agency's Headquarters for support.
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  9.    11 Jul 2017 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
    I don't see this replacing site licenses for very large installations. At the US Federal Agency that I worked (as a Regional LAN/WAN Network Manager) the last contract for system/workstations (before I retired) was for 55,000 workstations (PC's). They had site licenses for the Windows OS (NT4 at the time) plus MS Office. That is probably different than the new Enterprise that is being instituted.

    The software portion of that contract was so big (it included MS Client Server software for the servers) that Microsoft permanently stationed a support group at the Federal Agency's Headquarters for support.
    Those that already have a Software Assurance Contract with Microsoft won't be interested in this. It will appeal to small business that either don't need or can't afford a Software Assurance contract. Thats my read on it anyway.
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  10.    11 Jul 2017 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by lx07 View Post
    Not for me. I bought a PC with Pro installed. I have since paid for an upgrade and bought Office. It is all paid for.
    In your case, since it's already paid for and ready to go, it wouldn't make much sense. Take my latest situation though for example.

    I last owned Office 2003. I didn't really need Office at home as it was on my work laptop and I could use it whenever I needed. Last fall, I was out of work for awhile and changing jobs. I wanted to get at least 2 copies of Office, 1 for me and 1 for my wife, and potentially 1 for my daughter on her Mac. Office Home and Student 2016 would have worked, and it's $149 per copy. So $149 x 3 = $447. I was also considering extending my DropBox account from the free account to the 1TB account for $99 a year. So, $99 + 447 = $546.

    So, I instead bought Office 365 Home for $99. That gives me 5 installs of Office Professional Plus (which includes more than 2016 Home and Student), and it gives me 1TB of Microsoft OneDrive space for 5 different user accounts. So, I get 5TB of OneDrive space. All for $99 a year. So, after 5 years, my total cost would be $495 with Office 365. Had I purchased Office 2016 Home and Business straight up for 3 machines, and kept OneDrive at 1TB for 5 years, it would have cost me $942. And when Office 2016 is replaced by Office 2018 or Office 2020, I just get them
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