Today’s cloud and mobile technology is enabling companies to reshape their business and capitalize on the digital transformation impacting us all. By taking advantage of the latest innovations, businesses can transform their products and services, engage their customers in completely new ways, and gain new efficiencies by modernizing operations. And, importantly, companies now have the most advanced technology at hand to empower their employees to achieve more.
The Microsoft technology to help empower employees comes through a combination of Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise, and the Enterprise Mobility + Security suite. These products and services together enable employees uncompromising productivity, collaboration, mobility, business insights and, perhaps most importantly, a secure experience.
As we’ve continued to innovate at a rapid pace in the cloud, we’ve heard from many customers that navigating Microsoft technology licensing options can be challenging. This is why we created the Enterprise Cloud Suite (ECS) a few years ago, to help simplify this purchase experience. Building from this approach, today, we’re taking the next step in continuing to simplify our enterprise technology licensing offerings while also delivering more value to our customers – introducing the Secure Productive Enterprise. We are bringing together Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise, and the Enterprise Mobility + Security suite into a single licensing offering called the Secure Productive Enterprise, that replaces the Enterprise Cloud Suite, and introducing even more value within this offering. With the Secure Productive Enterprise, customers have the latest and most advanced technology for empowering employees.
In recent months, we’ve announced cutting edge cloud-based security technology including Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection for end point breach detection, Microsoft Cloud App Security for getting control of the SaaS apps employees are using, Azure Information Protection to ensure information stays secure and Office 365 Advanced Security Management to give greater visibility and control over your Office 365 environment. All of these capabilities are included in the Secure Productive Enterprise offering.
We’ve also introduced leading cloud-based productivity technology including Office 365 Delve Analytics to understand personal productivity, Skype for Business PSTN conferencing and Cloud PBX bringing voice to the cloud, Microsoft Power BI for data analysis & visualization, and even Office 365 Advanced e-Discovery to ensure customers can find just the information they need for the issues at hand. All of these technologies are part of the Secure Productive Enterprise.
Everything you need to empower employees in a single package. It’s that simple.
Understanding the Secure Productive Enterprise
To further simplify our offerings, we are standardizing packaging offers across Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise and the Enterprise Mobility + Security suite. Moving forward you will see E3 and E5 offerings for each of these products.
Consistent with this, we will offer two tiers of the Secure Productive Enterprise offering: E3 and E5. (For those of you familiar with the Office 365 licensing, this nomenclature should be familiar.) To spell this out, it looks like this…
For those of you who’ve been following us closely, you might have noticed a few other changes. First, we are renaming Windows 10 Enterprise to Windows 10 Enterprise E3. We are releasing Windows 10 Enterprise E5 later this summer that includes Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection.
Additionally, Enterprise Mobility + Security is the new name for what was previously the Enterprise Mobility Suite. This name change reflects the tremendous new security value in this offering. Aligned with the new packaging, there will be an Enterprise Mobility + Security E3 and an Enterprise Mobility and Security E5. The new E5 offering will become available later this calendar year and include the advanced security capabilities. You can learn more about these changes at the Enterprise Mobility + Security blog.
The Secure Productive Enterprise E5 offering includes the latest, most advanced enterprise security, management, collaboration and business analytics. The Secure Productive Enterprise E5 offering will become available later in calendar year 2016 when the new Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security functionality has all released.
While we are making a number of changes, the outcome is a simpler approach to ensuring customers have the technology they need to run a secure and productive enterprise and enable their digital transformation.