Microsoft 365, Azure Stack availability and new business applications among partner offerings announced at Microsoft Inspire

Photo of Satya Nadella on the stage at Inspire

Several new Microsoft partner offerings were announced Monday at Microsoft Inspire, including Microsoft 365, Azure Stack being available to order and two new business applications to help partners connect with customers and bring innovative solutions to market.

“Our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, and our partners bring that mission to life every day with our customers,” writes Judson Althoff, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Worldwide Commercial Business, on The Official Microsoft Blog. The new offerings will help partners continue to succeed, Althoff says.

The newly unveiled Microsoft 365 draws from the best of Microsoft’s commercial products across Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security, and is designed “to empower all companies and all workers, recognizing that people are at the heart of digital transformation,” Althoff says. “It puts people at the center, giving them flexibility to work where and how they want and giving them new ways to collaborate with others — all while protecting company data.”

Also on Monday, along with launch hardware partners Dell EMC, HPE and Lenovo, Microsoft announced that Azure Stack is now available to order.

“Azure Stack offers a truly consistent hybrid cloud platform, providing an ideal fit for customers who want flexibility without having to build applications in a different way,” Althoff writes.

Two ways that Microsoft will help partners “connect with customers and bring innovative solutions to market,” were also announced. The Azure co-sell program, which has been in pilot form, will be accelerated over the next year. Another program, ISV Cloud Embed, will make it easier for partners to modernize existing business applications and build new ones.

“Through this new program partners can purchase core Dynamics 365, Power BI, Power Apps and Microsoft Flow capabilities as embeddable ‘building blocks’ at discounts of up to 50 percent. In the same way that partners today build their apps on Microsoft Azure, they can now also use our business applications platform to easily add sales automation, service line and operational backend functionality to their own apps.”

Read Althoff’s post on The Official Microsoft Blog and learn more on the Microsoft Inspire site.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

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