As of April 21st, 2020, Microsoft 365 will encompass Office 365 applications, cloud services, device management, and advanced security for a safer, more intelligent workplace experience. Going forward, Office 365 will be known as Microsoft 365.
There will be no change to the price of the subscription service, but Office 365 users will now benefit from formerly unavailable, or limited, features. By integrating with Microsoft 365, Office 365 users access their favorite applications with additional automatic updates, cloud storage, integrated email and calendaring, mobile apps, and collaborative chat and calling via Teams.
M365 provides a vendor agnostic working experience. Applications are available via Windows, macOS, iOS, and Google's Android OS, with support on iPhones, iPads, Android devices, and Microsoft Products. M365 now integrates with Adobe Creative Cloud, providing users an extended collection of royalty free content including templates, stock photos, icons, fonts, etc. Other new application integrations include Headspace, Blinkist, Experian, Plaid, and more.
Keep track of all your moving parts, with M365. The platform syncs email, calendar, and contact information across devices. Enterprise archiving and eDiscovery make it easy to track down digital assets, while SharePoint and Teams support custom intranet sites for your employees. Enjoy a streamlined authoring experience - as real time updates let you and coworkers work on the same content with version control. Microsoft is also rolling out new personal and professional accounts in Teams, allowing you to manage different sets of priorities.
M365 makes it easier to leverage your company's big data. PowerApps allows your organization to deploy custom applications with the help of pre-built templates, programmed AI components, and integrations between proprietary and on-premise systems. Power Automate lets employees create automatic workflows for redundant tasks, freeing employees to engage in other tasks. For retail or service employees, Bookings is an intuitive appointment experience, with customer notifications, confirmations, and reminders.
M365 brings newfound application security to your workplace. Integrations with Windows 10 enforce malware protection, and shield key system folders from corrupting ransomware. Malware threats are stopped at the perimeter with email analysis, link and document scans, and ongoing monitoring services. M365 also makes it easier to bring your security tools together in a layered, easily managed way. Enable BYOD scenarios with Azure Information Protection, modernize policies with Azure AD and InTune, and maintain regulatory standards with Compliance Manager.
Flexible device policies support a workforce on the move. Enable employee access by device, application, time of day, or location. You can set controls for the use of data, with restrictions such as "Do Not Copy", "Do Not Forward", and remote wipe - while ensuring it never leaves approved Office 365 apps. Set policies to encrypt data on mobile devices, and require PINs or fingerprints for additional authentication on iOS and Android devices. If you've deployed Windows 10, you can easily manage the OS in M365, setting automatic updates, encryption, and control policies.
M365 helps you follow industry best practices for the treatment of sensitive data. You can use auto-detection to prevent PII, such as social security numbers and credit cards, from leaking. Email encryption provides secure communication within and outside your organization. Cloud-archiving provides long term retention for business correspondence.
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