The modern Digital Workplace is a combination of Email, Collaboration, Operating system, and Security. The goal of the modern workplace is to unleash creativity through new models of empowerment and new ways of working. Office applications has always been one of the best-selling products for Microsoft ever since its inception. Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint are indispensable tools without which today’s businesses can barely survive.
There has been a drastic shift in the way Office Apps are being consumed by today’s modern workplaces. Initially it used to be the CD that carried the software and the license keys. Gradually CD’s were replaced with online licenses. Then the next major shift happened when the entire office suite was made available on the cloud as a SaaS (Software-as-Service).
Office 365 is a line of subscription services offered by Microsoft as part of the Microsoft Office product line. The brand encompasses plans that allow use of the Microsoft Office software suite over the life of the subscription, as well as cloud-based software as a service products for business environments, such as hosted Exchange Server, Skype for Business Server, and SharePoint, Word, Excel, PowerPoint among others. All Office 365 plans include automatic updates to their respective software at no additional cost, as opposed to conventional licenses for these programs where new versions require purchase of a new license.
Microsoft 365 Education consists of a new level of plans geared specifically for classrooms. These plans are focused on providing productivity tools required for the classroom at a reasonable price point.
They are split into A1, A3, and A5 license levels with A1 being a one-time per device license while the A3/A5 licenses are traditional monthly recurring costs. In addition, with most levels, pricing is based on teacher licenses, with students being able to be added to the plan at no additional cost.
Microsoft 365 includes Advanced Threat Analytics for proactive threat mitigation, Defender for end point security, Information Protection for data security, Microsoft Identity Manager, two-factor authentication and several other features.
All products included with Microsoft 365 are hosted on Azure, eliminating the need for extensive on-premises infrastructure and right in line with companies’ cloud imperatives.
Features built in to Microsoft 365 enable reduction – if not outright elimination – of many external communication and collaboration solution costs.
As an industry-standard, each user on average makes about three software provisioning requests per year, which results in about 2.5 hours of deployment time.
Speaking of self-service, enabling users to solve many of their common IT related requests, rather than depending on the service desk to do so, can cut up to 75 percent of service desk calls.
Microsoft 365 is an integrated, complete solution that brings together the best of Windows 10, Office 365, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. Microsoft 365 Business brings together the security and innovation of Windows 10 with the power and familiarity of Office 365 and streamlined management and maintenance capabilities built specifically for small and mid-sized businesses. Microsoft 365 Business is designed to help keep company data secure while ensuring employees are their most productive, in the office or on the go.