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Changes to Windows Enterprise and ECS are right around the corner
Earlier this month, Microsoft formally announced two rebranded versions of Windows 10 Enterprise – Windows 10 Enterprise E3 and Windows 10 Enterprise E5, and they followed up by revealing the “Secure Productive Enterprise” suites at their annual Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto last week. Windows 10 Enterprise E5 will include Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, a new Microsoft security service designed to detect and respond to attacks. The E3 and E5 versions will also be part of the new Secure Productive Enterprise bundles coming this fall.
Secure Productive Enterprise E3 (aka Enterprise Cloud Suite) will include Windows 10 Enterprise E3, Office 365 E3, and Enterprise Mobility + Security E3. (aka Enterprise Mobility Suite). The “Secure Productive Enterprise E5” suite is also coming soon, which will include Windows 10 Enterprise E5, Office 365 E5, and Enterprise Mobility + Security E5.
CSP Partners will also be able to sell Windows 10 E3 through the Cloud Solution Provider channel starting this fall. Partners will be able to provide users with a single contract, a consolidated view of their subscriptions/usage, one support contract and one bill for this offering. Customers who aren’t interested in Windows 10 Enterprise as a subscription will still be able to purchase Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5 on a per device basis through traditional volume licensing programs (starting in August).
Microsoft has been clear with their message that the new Windows 10 Enterprise and Secure Productive Enterprise licensing options are not considered a full “Windows 365” subscription service, as many customers suspected. These new subscription plans are simply an extension of the Windows SA Per User option that was introduced in late 2014.
Also keep in mind that the free upgrade from Windows 7/8 to Windows 10 will end on July 29th (for Home and Pro users), and more importantly, effective October 31st, OEM’s will no longer sell systems with the ability to downgrade to Windows 7. Microsoft is putting more pressure on customers as well as OEM’s to move to Windows 10, so if you have customers that are standardized on Windows 7, they’ll need to buy additional systems before the October 31st deadline to carry them through until they can transition to an updated OS.
It’s been a huge year so far with lots of new product and licensing changes being announced at every turn, and you can rely on your Microsoft support teams at PCM to keep you educated on the latest offerings. Be sure to call your PCM Microsoft Specialist today at 1-800-700-1000 or email Microsoft@pcm.com to learn more!