Earlier this week at Microsoft’s Inspire conference, CEO Satya Nadella announced the release of Microsoft 365, an solution that bundles Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. The service offers two routes: Enterprise (for larger organizations) and Business (for small to mid-size businesses). Both plans will be available for purchase in early August.
In a blog post, Kirk Koenigsbauer, VP of the Office team, describes Microsoft 365 as “a complete, intelligent and secure solution to empower employees…to be creative and work together, securely.”
Microsoft hopes users will be able to use this new service as an overall way to simplify IT by unifying management, protecting data, connecting users, and integrating a broad set of apps and services. Microsoft 365 will benefit their cloud partners, allowing them to “differentiate their offerings, simplify their sales processes and increase their revenue.” With the purchase of Microsoft 365 Business, users will also get access to applications that publish business information, create invoices, and streamline email marketing.
Below are some of my initial thoughts on Microsoft 365:
- Microsoft 365 really targets IT and business decision makers in small- to mid-level organizations, not necessarily IT professionals.
- It seems like tech is moving toward the “everything as a service” model while still trying to simplify the process for businesses, and Microsoft 365 exemplifies this trend.
- Clients are already asking me what the difference is between Microsoft 365 and Office 365—we need some new naming ideas!
Overall, I think Microsoft 365 will provide some benefits to small and mid-size businesses that will increase adoption. I’m just not sure it is going to draw significant interest from large corporations as they likely already have solutions in place to address many of the packages benefits.
Of course, you know what they say about making assumptions.