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5 Major Microsoft Announcements At Inspire 2017

The company is unveiling details about its new Microsoft 365 offering and Azure Stack during the 2017 partner conference.

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Microsoft 365

Microsoft and its partners will now be able to sell the company's commercial offerings as a "family," which will be known as Microsoft 365. The offering brings together productivity applications (Office 365) along with Windows 10, device management and security into "one comprehensive solution," Microsoft said. There will be two versions. Microsoft 365 Enterprise, for large organizations, will pull together Office 365 Enterprise, Windows 10 Enterprise, enterprise mobility and security. Microsoft 365 Business, for small and medium-sized businesses, includes Office 365 Business Premium along with a set of security and management features for Office apps and Windows 10 devices. That version will be managed in a central console, Microsoft said.

Partners, according to Microsoft, will be able to increase deal size and grow managed services revenue with Microsoft 365. Deploying Microsoft 365 Enterprise could increase partner revenue by more than 50 percent compared to just deploying Office 365, the company said.

Microsoft 365 will be available this quarter, and more pricing details will be released during Inspire, the company said.

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