Our Operations Director is currently working hard out in Washington D.C., attending Microsoft’s annual Partner conference: Inspire.

The first day featured one key announcement – the launch of Microsoft 365.

This new suite includes Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security. So, what’s does that mean?

The key point to note here is that it’s not just a bundle of existing products under a new name. This new offering goes further than that. By creating this suite, Microsoft is firmly integrating apps, users and devices, using AI and machine learning to underpin their connectivity, and simplifying IT management in the process. And that’s not all…

Wrapped around those apps, users and devices is built in intelligent security.

The goal is to empower employees to deliver growth and innovation, especially in response to changing employee expectations, diverse and distributed teams, and an evolving, complex threat landscape.

The suite comes in two versions – Microsoft 365 Enterprise (E3 or E5), and Microsoft 365 Business for companies with up to 300 users. Microsoft have also cemented their commitment to SMEs by launching new tools designed to support smaller businesses in their operations – Microsoft Connections, Microsoft Listings and Microsoft Invoicing.

Talk at Inspire also turned to the way in which partners, like ourselves, engage with customers. As technology moves at a rapid pace, Microsoft is working proactively at enabling partners to help their customers envision their digital transformation journey.

Of course, you will have seen the news of a sales team reorganisation at Microsoft. A new sales strategy naturally comes with a shift in focus, in this case towards customer outcomes in specific industries. Not the cull of jobs the press would have us believe.  This shift in focus neatly aligns with how we here at Net Support UK are working.

Day 2 promises to bring sessions providing more information on the sales strategy and reorganisation, Microsoft 365 Enterprise and Business, a deeper dive into Azure, and the possibilities presented by Power Apps and Flow.