Microsoft announced on Monday Microsoft 365, their new product which is a new way for businesses to purchase Office and Windows together, combining its best software products into one.
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.
The business technology giant debuted its Microsoft 365 software package on Monday that includes the Windows 10 operating system, Office 365 workplace software, and security software for mobile devices.
The new software bundle is intended to make it easier for companies to buy Microsoft’s flagship enterprise software products in one subscription as opposed to paying for them individually.
Microsoft will sell two versions of Microsoft 365, with one version, Microsoft 365 Business, tailored for small-to-medium-sized companies and the other, Microsoft 365 Enterprise, for larger organizations.
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.
The move to sell its various enterprise software into easier-to-buy packages underscores Microsoft seeks to streamline its products under CEO Satya Nadella as he has been pushing Microsoft to sell more software through subscriptions while also concentrating on its Azure cloud computing business.
Microsoft To Launch Azure Stack
Microsoft Corp revealed on Monday a new service that allows customers to use its cloud technology on their own servers, which is part of the company’s efforts to refocus its product line to compete more effectively with rivals Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google.
Julia White, corporate vice president of Azure, said that the new service, called Azure Stack, is aimed at businesses that want to use Azure but have specific needs for a localized version of the software.
“Azure Stack is an extension of Azure,” White said. “It’s not a replacement for your legacy private cloud.”
Azure Stack allows 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.
“One of the key differentiations we have with Azure versus our two biggest competitors in the cloud platform space is our ability to support true hybrid solutions,” Judson Althoff, Microsoft’s executive vice president of worldwide commercial business.
Microsoft Stock Performance
Microsoft shares were up 0.75% to $69.98 in its last session. The firm opened at $69.46 with a session high of $70.25 and a session low of $69.20. The stock has a market capitalization of $547.29 billion, a P/E ratio of 30.86, and a dividend yield of 2.23%.
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