The two new bundles — Microsoft 365 Enterprise and Microsoft 365 Business — are being announced by the company at their Inspire partner conference.
While the Enterprise bundle includes Office 365 Enterprise, Windows 10 Enterprise, Microsoft Enterprise Mobility and Security features, the Business bundle offers Office 365 Business Premium, security and management features for Office apps and Windows 10 devices.
Microsoft 365 Enterprise is aimed towards bigger organisations and the Microsoft 365 Business bundle is targeted towards small and medium businesses with up to 300 users.
“Microsoft 365 represents a fundamental shift in how we will design, build and go to market to address our customers’ needs for a modern workplace,” Microsoft stated.
The Microsoft 365 Enterprise will go on sale on August 1, and the pricing will depend on the customised plan that the organisation opts for.
Microsoft 365 Business will go on sale a little later this fall, but the preview will be available on August 2 and the bundle will cost $20 per month.
“It’s a more cohesive approach and reflects the shift our partners and our mutual customers are making — from viewing productivity, security and device management as individual workloads to seeking a comprehensive approach to secure productivity,” the company added.
Since Microsoft Windows and Office are both commercially used by over 500 million and 100 million active users, respectively, the company has decided to bundle out their products and make them available under a single subscription.
Microsoft’s cloud computing division, Azure, has seen modest growth in the recent past and the company is being reorganised to give competition to its rivals in the cloud business — Amazon and Google.
The company has also made Azure Stack — an extension of Azure — available for order which can be utilised by companies to host their own hybrid cloud. Tech organisations like Dell, HP and Lenovo have already started creating an integrated system to run Azure Stack.