Newly announced Microsoft 365 combines Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security for large and small businesses

Microsoft just announced Microsoft 365, a new enterprise cloud service package that enables you to build a comprehensive cloud and desktop productivity platform. This new cloud package will be available in a version for large companies (Microsoft 365 Enterprise) and for small to mid-size businesses (Microsoft 365 Business). While they each offer different features, the packages combine a number of standalone cloud services that includes Windows 10, Office 365, Enterprise Mobility + Security and more.

Microsoft 365 Business will be available for public preview on August 2, 2017. Sign up for the preview here.

Microsoft 365 Enterprise

The service includes the company’s enterprise-grade Office 365 services, including the chat-based workspace service Microsoft Teams. Additionally, users will find full threat protection via Enterprise Mobile + Security features, as well as analytics data that can be bolstered by machine learning.

There are two Microsoft 365 Enterprise plans. The first is E3, which comes with Office 365 integration, Azure Active Directory P1, and Office 365 Data Loss Protection, among many other services. However, unlike the other version, E5, it doesn’t support Cloud PBX. E5 also adds Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, Azure Active Directory P2, and support for Power BI Pro.

Pricing for Enterprise has not been announced yet.

Microsoft 365 Business

Microsoft 365 Business is designed for small and medium-sized companies with a maximum of 300 potential users. Companies with a larger employee base will be required to move to Microsoft 365 Enterprise. The limit is based on prospective users, not a company’s total number of employees. This offering is essentially a more feature-rich version of Office 365 Business Premium. The service includes full access to Office applications, but adds device management solutions for IT providers. Microsoft 365 Business also includes a host of security features not available in its predecessor, including the ability to secure documents on mobile devices.

Unlike Microsoft 365 Enterprise, Microsoft is making its Business version pricing readily available. Microsoft 365 Business will cost customers $20 per user per month. The service will be available as a public preview on Aug. 2, and will become generally available to companies sometime in the fall. Click here to learn more.

Microsoft 365 Business users will be able to test three preview applications, called Connections, Listings, and Invoicing. Connections is an e-mail marketing app and Listings will help companies publish their information to “top sites.” Microsoft Invoicing is designed for fast corporate invoice creation and distribution.

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