What is Microsoft 365 Business? How does it compare to Office 365 Business?

What is Microsoft 365 Business? How does it compare to Office 365 Business?

On August 2nd, 2017, Microsoft will be unveiling Microsoft 365 Business; what is Microsoft 365 Business you ask? Please take a moment to view this brief overview video:

What’s included

  Achieve more together

  • Create with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more.
  • Connect with customers, coworkers and suppliers.
  • Bring together teams and resources, all in one place.
  • Meet Cortana, your digital personal assistant.

Anywhere it matters

  • Access your work securely from anywhere.
  • No wifi, no problem.
  • Work offline and sync later.
  • Available on Windows, iOS, Android, Mac, and through web browsers.

Always-on security

  • Safeguard company data across PCs, phones and tablets.
  • Help protect against phishing and security threats.
  • Be secured with the latest versions of Office 365 and Windows 10.

 

 

 

Simplified for business

  • Easy employee setup and deployment.
  • Manage users and devices with a single dashboard.
  • Single login for all services and devices.

 

Who is Microsoft 365 Business intended for?

Microsoft 365 Business was purpose-built for small and medium-sized customers that have little to no IT resources on staff, do not rely on an Active Directory domain controller, and need a solution that provides their employees with the best-in-class productivity and collaboration capabilities of Office 365 and device management and security solutions to safeguard business data and assets across devices.

What should customers and partners know before running Microsoft 365 Business in their organization?

Customers who wish to run Microsoft 365 Business in their organization must be running Windows 7, 8.1, or 10 Pro* on their current desktops and do not rely on a domain controller for their organization. Customers who use on-premises Active Directory must switch to cloud identity and management as part of their deployment. Current Windows 10 Pro PCs should be running Creators Update if they have not already done so.

*Windows 10 Pro upgrade rights are included with the Microsoft 365 Business preview if the target machines are presently running Windows 7, 8, or 8.1.

Is there any charge for the Microsoft 365 Business preview?

No, Microsoft will not charge for the preview. If you work with your IT Partner, Sirama Consulting, and require assistance to deploy Microsoft 365 Business preview, they may charge you for their deployment services and assistance. At the end of the preview, you may convert to a paid subscription to continue using Microsoft 365 Business.

I’m a current Office 365 customer. Will I be charged for my Office 365 subscription while I am using the Microsoft 365 Business preview?

You will continue to be charged for any active Office 365 plan to which you are subscribed.

What is the best way to deploy Microsoft 365 Business in my organization?

Partner-assisted deployment is the recommended way to deploy the Microsoft 365 Business preview. Contact your Microsoft partner, Sirama Consulting and ask them if they are participating in the Microsoft 365 Business Preview Trial. The team at Sirama Consulting is well-equipped to help you understand your options and make the best recommendations for deploying Microsoft 365 Business preview in your organization.  If you would like to explore the possibility of taking advantage of Microsoft 365 for your business contact us today.

 

Discover the Microsoft 365 Business advantage

Microsoft 365 Business brings together features from across Microsoft’s offerings in a solution designed for small and medium-sized businesses. It’s powered by Office 365 and Windows 10, with device management and security features to help ensure your company’s data is protected.

Comparison of features of Secure Productive Enterprise plans

Office 365 Business Premium

$12.50
user/month

Microsoft 365 Business

$20
user/month

Office applications

Office on tablets and phones

feature is included feature is included
 

Fully installed and web versions of Office apps

feature is included feature is included

File & document viewing & editing

1 TB file storage and sharing

feature is included feature is included

Collaboration services

Business class email (50GB), calendar, and contacts

feature is included feature is included
Collaboration services

Online meetings (instant messaging, audio, and HD video chat/conferencing)

feature is included feature is included
Collaboration services

Microsoft Teams chat-based workspace

feature is included feature is included

Business applications

Outlook Customer Manager, Bookings, MileIQ*

*MileIQ is currently only available for customers in the US, UK, and Canada.

feature is included feature is included

Device management

Single console to manage user and device settings

feature is included
Device management

Self-service PC deployment with Windows AutoPilot

feature is included
Device management

Automatically deploy Office apps to Windows 10 PCs

feature is included

Security

Protect company data across devices

feature is included
Security

Secure access to documents on mobile devices

feature is included
Security

Protect Windows 10 devices against malware, viruses, and spyware with Windows Defender

feature is included

Maximum number of users

Up to 300

feature is included feature is included

Contact your Microsoft partner, Sirama Consulting and ask them if they are participating in the Microsoft 365 Business Preview Trial. The team at Sirama Consulting is well-equipped to help you understand your options and make the best recommendations for deploying Microsoft 365 Business preview in your organization.  If you would like to explore the possibility of taking advantage of Microsoft 365 for your business contact us today.  We at Sirama Consulting can provide you with the information you need and a customized solution to fit the needs of your company today.  Contact one of our Microsoft Specialists today by calling 954-908-3600 or contact me via email at info@siramaconsulting.com

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