During his Vision Keynote at WPC 2016, Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President for Windows and Devices, announced new subscription service offerings for Windows 10 and Surface. This next wave of personal computing brings new opportunities for partners—particularly those in the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program—to help enable digital transformation for their customers.
Windows 10 Enterprise as a subscription
Starting this fall, partners in the CSP program will be able to provide a subscription to Windows 10 Enterprise Edition as part of a managed services offering. The key features of Windows 10 Enterprise E3 are increased security, simplified licensing and deployment, and partner-managed IT. Pricing for Windows 10 Enterprise E3 will start at $7 per user per month. Windows 10 Enterprise E3 completes the Microsoft IT stack—you can offer Windows 10, Office 365, Microsoft Azure, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online on a per user, per month basis.
In addition to being offered through CSP, Windows 10 Enterprise E3 will be part of Secure Productive Enterprise E3 (formerly Enterprise Cloud Suite, or ECS).
Windows 10 Enterprise E3 offers robust security features that include device, identity, and information protection, plus threat resistance. Microsoft is also releasing Windows 10 Enterprise E5, which will include Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection. Pricing and timing for Windows 10 Enterprise E5 have not yet been announced.
Surface as a Service program
Successful digital transformation requires easy to use devices that offer consistent, cross-platform experiences. The Surface business has grown significantly, and Microsoft is investing in programs that increase partner revenue and profitability. Now, Cloud Solution Providers that are also Surface Authorized Distributors can provide Surface devices through a managed service offering to resellers and customers. Customers will benefit from access to the latest Surface devices.
Windows 10 Anniversary Update on August 2
The next major update to Windows 10 is coming on August 2. New innovations will be available to consumers and enterprises running Windows 10, including active rather than passive security features. For example, Windows Hello will allow users to sign in to websites using biometrics such as fingerprints and facial recognition. Specifically for enterprises, we’re adding CIO-level network security monitoring panels into the operating system, for threat detection.
Capitalize on the Windows 10 deployment opportunity
One of the six priorities for Microsoft this year is to propel Windows 10 Enterprise deployment. These announcements, which align to our bold ambition to make computing more personal, underscore the value of building a Windows deployment practice in your partner business. Below is information we shared with partners at WPC 2016, about the various opportunities for partners and the potential for profitability across the services partners can offer.
Watch these WPC 2016 keynotes and sessions on demand
To hear Microsoft senior executives and subject-matter experts talk about Windows 10 innovation and why partners should invest in building a practice around Windows 10, watch these keynotes and sessions from WPC 2016 on demand.
- Vision Keynote: More personal computing with Yusuf Mehdi
- Vision Keynote: Microsoft priorities with Judson Althoff
- Get your business applications ready for Windows as a Service
- New partner-managed servicing opportunities for SMBs with Windows
- Be a catalyst for business transformation with Microsoft devices
- Are you a game changer? Seizing the Windows 10 opportunity
We’re excited about what’s coming for Windows 10 on August 2 and later this year, and are ready to help you start building a successful practice. Here is how you can connect with my colleagues and me:
- Read the Windows Partner Community blog series
- Join the Windows Partner Yammer group
- Email us: WinRecruit@microsoft.com
- Look for a new Windows Partner Community call series starting in August