Microsoft 365 is now available for small and medium-sized businesses

Microsoft announced today that Microsoft 365 Business is now generally available for small and medium-sized businesses.

Additionally, Microsoft announced the general availability of three new Office 365 apps for business—Microsoft Connections, Microsoft Listings, and Microsoft Invoicing—which join Microsoft Bookings, Outlook Customer Manager, and MileIQ to create what it calls “a suite of capabilities” for small businesses.

“Microsoft 365 Business is built to deliver the productivity tools and security services businesses need in a single, simple-to-manage product,” the software giant explains. “It safeguards company information, extending security across users, apps, and devices. It helps ensure PCs are up to date and secure, helping prevent security vulnerabilities that cyber-thieves often exploit. It also provides protection for company information across devices, with the ability to remove company data from lost or stolen devices.”

Microsoft announced Microsoft 365 Business and Microsoft 365 Enterprise in July, describing it as a “fundamental shift” in the way it delivers its software solutions to business customers. I was a bit more direct, calling it “Microsoft as a service.” Since then, the firm has been beta-testing Microsoft 365 with its customers. And in September, it revealed that it would make the offering available to education customers too.

Microsoft 365 Business is aimed at small- and medium-sized businesses with little or no IT staff and an un-managed computing infrastructure. It includes all of the cloud and client products and services in Office 365 Business Premium, Windows 10 Pro, plus device management and security tools.

All workers welcome with Microsoft 365 :

Today at Microsoft Ignite, we unveiled a new vision for empowering First line Workers in the digital age and introduced Microsoft 365 F1—a new offering that brings together Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security to deliver a complete, intelligent solution to empower all workers.
The modern workplace requires companies to meet new employee expectations, connect a more distributed workforce, and provide the tools that allow all employees to create, innovate, and work together to solve customer and business problems. A truly modern workplace brings out the best in employee ingenuity, creates a culture of innovation and action, and welcomes and empowers all workers from the executive team to the Firstline Workforce.

Firstline Workers comprise the majority of our global workforce. Numbering two billion people worldwide, they are the people behind the counter, on the phone, in the clinics, on the shop floor, and in the field. They are often the first to engage customers, the first to represent a company’s brand, and the first to see products and services in action. They form the backbone of many of the world’s largest industries, and without them, the ambitions of many organizations could not be brought to life.

We see an opportunity for technology to give First line Workers a more intuitive, immersive, and empowering experience. Microsoft is in a unique position to help companies tap into the potential of their First line Workforce with our commercial product offerings, spanning Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Microsoft IoT, Microsoft AI, and Microsoft Holocene and the Windows Mixed Reality ecosystem.

The introduction of Microsoft 365 F1 represents a significant next step towards our vision of involving the Firstline Workforce in digital transformation by empowering every worker with technology.