Ignite 2017: Microsoft introduces two new Microsoft 365 offerings, as well as new capabilities
At the Microsoft Ignite 2017 conference, Microsoft announced the expansion of Microsoft 365. Announced at Microsoft Inspire few months ago, Microsoft 365 brings together Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security to provide a complete, intelligent solution for organizations.
The two new Microsoft 365 offerings are:
- Microsoft 365 Education: It includes Office 365 for Education, Windows 10, Enterprise Mobility + Security, and Minecraft: Education Edition and gives students, faculty, and staff everything they need to create and collaborate securely.
- Microsoft 365 F1: It includes Office 365 F1, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security and is designed to maximize the impact of the Firstline Worker. Firstline Workers are those employees who are first to engage customers, represent a company’s brand, and see products and services in action.
Firstline workers include sales associates, factory workers, customer service agents, medical staff, etc. and comprise of 80% of global workforce. Microsoft 365 F1 aims to provide purpose-built capabilities that help foster firstline culture and community, train and upskill employees, digitize business process, deliver real-time expertise, and minimize risk and cost.
Microsoft also announced the upcoming Microsoft 365–powered devices, including new commercial Windows 10 S devices from HP, Lenovo, Fujitsu, starting at $275 and available starting later this year. These devices will enable self-service deployment, simplified management, and a reduced total cost of ownership for businesses.
Microsoft also announced new Microsoft 365 capabilities to unlock employees’ creativity, fuel teamwork, and to provide IT a simpler way to manage users, devices, applications, and data.Further reading: Ignite 2017, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Ignite, Office 365