Microsoft's ambitions to put a computer on every desk have evolved to put a computing device just about anywhere and connect it to the cloud rather than anchor it to a desk. Besides the Windows operating system and Office suite of productivity programs, Microsoft makes tablets (Surface), game consoles (Xbox), and smartphones (Lumia). It even introduced its first laptop computer in 2015. Still software -- for consumers and businesses -- is Microsoft's biggest source of revenue. Much of Microsoft's software is sold through PC makers such as Acer, Lenovo, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and Toshiba, who pre-install the software on devices. Microsoft also sells directly online and through resellers. Other products include enterprise applications (Microsoft Dynamics) and server and storage software. Its Bing search engine is a (distant ) No. 2 to Google. Azure, the company's cloud computing business, competes with Amazon, Google, and IBM.
The new Office is personalised, cloud-connected and simpler than ever. The new Office works the way you do and helps you get more done at home, on the job and on the go.
Your Modern Office
The new Office is designed to work closely with Windows on PCs, tablets and phones. The fast and fluid experience lets you do more in less time, with minimalist styling and an intuitive touch and linking experience built into all the Office applications.
Create a Word document on your PC and edit it on your Windows Phone with great fidelity, move from a keyboard to using touch seamlessly, or stream a full-featured version of Office to any Windows 7 or Windows 8-based PC with an Internet connection with your personal settings intact.
Modern User Interface
The new Office is more than just a facelift! It's designed to get out of the way and help you get things done. It’s sleek, streamlined and easy on the eyes with crisp animations, vivid colours and easy navigation with a mouse or touch. With a familiar, highly intuitive user experience it’s easy to get up and running whether you’re an Office power user or you’ve never used it before.
The Office Suite
Word is cleaner, sleeker, easier on the eyes. New templates and design tools help you put the finishing touch on documents, and you’ll find new and updated ways to share and work with others.
Enjoy new ways to explore your data more intuitively. Visualise, analyse, and display results with a single click. And when you’re ready, it’s easy to share your freshly discovered insights.
Ready to create more striking presentations? Select a theme, add a design variant, align text and pictures, and more. Work on the same version with others at the same time, and present with more confidence and control.
OneNote is a digital notebook for creating and storing all your notes. Your notes are automatically saved and searchable so you have them when you need them. And when you’re on the go, they travel with you on your favourite devices or nearly any browser.
Outlook helps you manage your busy life more easily and efficiently. You get new and improved ways to find information quickly, handle email, coordinate schedules, keep current with contacts and social networks, and tame your unruly to-do lists.
Office 365 (O365)
Office 365 is Now Available Under Open License Program
Microsoft have made Office 365 enterprise options available under the Open License program including Exchange Online Plan 1, Enterprise Plans E1 & E3, as well as Exchange Online Protection and Office Pro Plus.
Adding these options brings small and midsize organizations enterprise value and flexibility to meet your advanced IT needs. What are the key differences between plans and which is the right plan for your organization?
Microsoft Office 365 Now Available as Add-On for EA Customers
The Office 365 add-on sales model is now an ongoing purchasing option allowing any EA customer to leverage their existing CAL Suite and Office Professional Plus licenses as a starting point to get great pricing on Office 365. With this add-on the underlying EA does not change and customers can continue to license users and devices as usual and receive all corresponding SA benefits.
Office 365 Business Benefits
Office 365 gives "anywhere/anytime" access to email, documents, contact information and calendars on almost any device. Moving all or some applications to the cloud can save organizations time and money as well as freeing up valuable resources to work on other IT projects.
- Eliminating time and effort spent managing email and collaboration services
- Cost savings associated with hardware overhead, electricity, and software deployment
- Enhanced security with 128-bit encryption
- 99.9% scheduled uptime with financially backed service-level agreements (SLAs)
Office 365 combines the familiar Office desktop applications with the next generation of Microsoft's communications and collaboration services: Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online.
Office 365 Pro Plus
Pro Plus includes all the normal Office applications and experiences. It's a user-based subscription service and installed on desktops, laptops, or mobile devices. Get the latest Office productivity and collaboration tools with upgrades.
Office Web Apps
Web Apps are touch-friendly web applications allowing customers to create, edit, and share Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and OneNote files from any browser. Share with others and work on documents simultaneously while you're on the go.
Work smarter from anywhere with hosted email for business, calendar, and contacts on your PC, phone, and web browser. Run email on Microsoft globally redundant servers. Stay protected by anti-malware/anti-spam filters and 24/7 IT-level phone support.
Designed to work with Office applications, SharePoint Online gives users a central place to share documents and information with colleagues and customers to allow collaboration in real-time from virtually anywhere.
Transform interactions with colleagues, customers, and partners to a more collaborative, engaging, and effective experience. It also helps IT administrators stay in control of end-user permissions and policies while reducing infrastructure costs.
SQL Server 2016
Scale your Business & Drive Performance with SQL 2016
Discover how "In-Memory" can help you scale your business and drive performance. SQL Server 2016 delivers mission critical performance across all workloads with in-memory built-in, faster insights from any data with familiar tools and a platform for hybrid cloud enabling organizations to easily build, deploy, and manage solutions that span on-premises and cloud.
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What's in our datasheet?
- Editions Overview: SQL Server 2016 Web Edition is now only available via a Service Provider License Agreement.
- Licensing Models: A refresh on the two main licencing models - Server + CAL & Per Core.
- Licensing for Virtualisation: SQL Server 2014 offers virtualisation rights, options and benefits to provide flexibility for customers deploying in virtual environments.
- Licensing for High Availability: Beginning with SQL Server 2014, each active server licensed with SA coverage allows the installation of a single passive server used for fail-over support.
Azure is Microsoft’s application platform for the public cloud and enables you to quickly build, deploy, and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacentres. You can build applications using any operating system, language, or tool.
Multi-Factor Authentication Now Available for Office 365
Azure Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a hosted service with a range of exciting capabilities which can be used to secure access to both cloud (Office 365) and on-premise resources. In addition to standard authentication through a user's account credentials, customers can now add an extra layer of security by authenticating their users via a mobile app or by responding to an automated text message or phone call before access is granted. View the Service Overview
Always up. Always on.
Azure delivers a 99.95% monthly SLA and allows you to build and run highly available applications without focusing on the infrastructure. It provides automatic OS and service patching, built in network load balancing, and resiliency to hardware failure. It supports a deployment model that enables you to upgrade your application without any downtime.
You can use any language, framework, or tool to build applications with Azure. Features and services are exposed using open REST protocols. The Azure client libraries are available for multiple programming languages, and are released under an open source license and hosted on GitHub.
Unlimited servers. Unlimited storage.
You can easily scale your applications to any size. Azure is a fully-automated, self-service platform that allows you to provision resources within minutes, elastically grow or shrink your resource usage based on your needs, and only pay for the resources your application uses. Azure is available in multiple datacentres around the world, giving you the flexibility to deploy your applications close to your customers.
Azure delivers a flexible cloud platform that can satisfy any application need. It enables you to reliably host and scale out your application code within compute roles. You can store data using relational SQL databases, NoSQL table stores and unstructured blob stores, and optionally use Hadoop and business intelligence services to data-mine it. You can take advantage of Azure’s robust messaging capabilities to enable scalable distributed applications, as well as deliver hybrid solutions that run across a cloud and on-premises enterprise environment. Azure’s distributed caching and CDN services allow you to reduce latency and deliver great application performance anywhere in the world.
System Center 2016 helps you manage your IT environments across traditional datacentres, private and public clouds, client computers, and devices. Using these integrated and automated management capabilities, you can become a trusted service provider for your business.
System Center captures and aggregates knowledge about systems, policies, processes, and best practices so that you can optimise your infrastructure to reduce costs, improve application availability, and enhance service delivery.
System Center 2016 provides comprehensive management from the desktop to the datacentre.
Cloud & Datacenter Management
Microsoft System Center 2016 is a cloud and datacentre management solution that provides a common toolset to manage private and public cloud applications and services and:
- Spans physical, virtual and cloud computing models with common management experiences throughout.
- Provides comprehensive end-to-end management for your infrastructure and applications, including interoperability for heterogeneous environments.
- Offers compelling economic value.
Client Management & Security
Microsoft System Center 2016 Configuration Manager and System Center 2016 Endpoint Protection provide a unified infrastructure to manage and protect physical, virtual, and mobile client environments, helping IT:
- Empower users to be productive from anywhere, on whatever device they choose.
- Provide a unified infrastructure for client management and protection.
- Make it easier and faster to administer client systems and maintain system compliance.
System Center 2016 Server Management Licensing
System Center 2016 server management licensing dramatically simplifies how you purchase the management capabilities you need to get the most from your private cloud. The System Center 2016 server management solution is offered in two editions: Standard and Datacenter.
Both editions include all the System Center features and capabilities you need to manage your private cloud. Editions are differentiated only by virtualisation rights. Simply choose the appropriate edition for each server you want to manage and start taking advantage of the capabilities you need to accomplish your goals.
System Center 2016 Client Management Licensing
System Center 2016 client management licensing provides simple, cost-effective options to manage and protect client systems.
Customers can purchase individual client management licenses for System Center 2016 Configuration Manager, System Center 2016 Endpoint Protection, and System Center 2016 Client Management Suite.
Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection are also licensed as part of the Core CAL suite, and Client Management Suite is available as part of the Enterprise CAL suite.