Microsoft is announcing Microsoft 365 today, a new way for businesses to purchase Office and Windows together. While the software giant has sold Office 365 and Windows 10 to businesses in many different ways, Microsoft 365 Enterprise combines Office 365 Enterprise, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility and Security features into a single subscription.
Microsoft is also offering Microsoft 365 Business, which will debut in public preview on August 2nd and includes Office 365 Business Premium alongside security and management features for Office apps and Windows 10 devices. Both bundles are being announced today Microsoft’s Inspire partner conference today, which hosts 17,000 attendees together to discuss Microsoft’s many partnerships.
Microsoft 365 Enterprise will be available for purchase on August 1st, with pricing dependent on the specific plan and “other factors.” Microsoft 365 Business will be available in public preview on August 2nd, with a full release set for later this fall. Microsoft 365 Business will cost $20 per user, per month.
Microsoft is also launching its Azure Stack today, allowing businesses to host their own hybrid cloud. Dell, HP, and Lenovo are all creating integrated systems to run Azure Stack and host apps and services on hardware that’s located alongside a business’ current infrastructure. The first systems will start shipping in September.
Today’s Microsoft Inspire conference will also see CEO Satya Nadella on stage to discuss the company’s work with partners, and its plans for the future as Microsoft shakes up its internal sales force. Microsoft is travelling to Washington DC this year with 17,000 attendees, and boasts of more cloud partners than AWS, Google, and Salesforce combined. Microsoft’s impressive cloud growth has already boosted the company’s revenue in recent years. As the software maker focuses more of its efforts on the cloud we’ll see more hints of the direction that Microsoft is heading in over the next year during Inspire this week.