What IT Resellers need to know about Microsoft 365 Business

Friday, November 3, 2017

A new service bundle – Microsoft 365 – was revealed earlier this year by Microsoft. Announced at their Inspire conference in July, Microsoft 365 comes in two distinct packages; Business and Enterprise. Bringing together three separate packages, Microsoft 365 Business focuses on boosting productivity, protecting customers with enterprise-grade security and supporting users in their journey to GDPR compliance.

Here’s what Microsoft 365 Business includes…

  • Office 365 Business Premium
  • Windows 10 Pro Upgrade
  • Windows 10 Defender Security Controls
  • Windows AutoPilot
  • Automatic Office Apps Deployment
  • Best of EM+S

Who’s it built for? 

Microsoft 365 Business is built for the smaller business. Before Microsoft bundled these services together, customers would need to purchase each license separately at Enterprise level. While cost was a huge issue, they would also come with features SMBs would never use. This waste of resources meant it wasn’t a good deal for the smaller business and resellers like you often found it much harder to make a profit.

With Microsoft 365 Business, your customers don’t have to compromise on critical business security and recoil at the expense. It’s a cost-effective product which bundles everything on a smaller scale, giving customers best-in-class protection, productivity and mobility.

A natural upgrade from Office 365 Business Premium

Chances are that most of your customers are already using Office 365 Business Premium. In fact, it’s one of the most popular business solutions our partners purchase in the Giacom Cloud Market. And since Microsoft 365 Business natively incorporates Office 365 Business Premium, it’s a great upsell for resellers and allows you to make more profit.

Features a Windows 10 Pro Upgrade

While Microsoft 365 Business does not contain the Windows 10 Pro OS, it does include a free upgrade for certain users. Any customer using Windows 7 Pro, Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8.1 Pro will gain an automatic upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. Microsoft 365 Business is only compatible with users on the above operating systems, so if you’ve been waiting to upgrade your customer’s business to Windows 10, now is the best time to do so.

Supports customer GDPR compliance

If your customers are looking for a solution that helps their data controllers comply with GDPR regulations, Microsoft 365 Business is the best tool for them. Features they’ll get include:

  • Threat protection for Emails
  • Malware, Virus, Spyware Detection and Removal with Boot Time Protection
  • 2 Factor Authentication
  • Mobile device data protection
  • Encrypted data on devices

So, if you’re thinking about upgrading your customers to Microsoft 365 Business, it’s worthwhile keeping this guide handy.


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