Microsoft 365 Business hits general availability with new Office 365 apps

Initially introduced in July, Microsoft 365 bundles Office 365 and Windows together in a single subscription for business and enterprise users. The service has been in testing with partners since, but its move to general availability means it is available to all.

The service provides access to access to Office 365 productivity apps, management and security tools, and Windows 10 Pro to businesses at a cost of $20 per user per month. The goal, Microsoft says, is to provide a simple way for smaller businesses to manage its computing needs. From Microsoft (opens in new tab):

Microsoft 365 Business is designed to reduce the complexity and costs of managing technology for businesses and their IT partners. It offers simple setup and management, so business owners and their teams can put more of their time and energy toward building their businesses. From a single console, you can quickly set up new employees, configure device security policies, and manage user identity and access, as well as ensure all your people are on the most up-to-date versions of Windows 10 and Office. And the single per-user, per-month subscription streamlines costs and simplifies management.

In addition to pushing Microsoft 365 Business into general availability, Microsoft has also added a trio of new apps to Office 365. Those include:

  • Microsoft Connections lets businesses send professional-looking marketing emails that showcase their brand and drive sales.
  • Microsoft Listings helps businesses acquire new customers and build their brand by getting their business listed on Facebook, Google, Bing, and Yelp.
  • Microsoft Invoicing provides estimate and invoicing tools that help accelerate payment and manage cash flow.

Though it's launching for small and medium businesses today, Microsoft recently announced that Microsoft 365 will be coming to education customers as well. For now, you can learn more about taking advantage of Microsoft 365 Business at Microsoft (opens in new tab).

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • Business Premium for all of the new apps. Bummer. Would have loved some of those in my Business Essentials.
  • How does Microsoft 365 map to Office 365 E3 in terms of features and price? Is it more or less expensive/feature packed?
  • The sad part is, if I'm running a small business what do I absolutely NEED to do above all other things in order to run my company. Well... I have to ACCOUNT for my debits and credits, pay my taxes, and make plans to invest in the business. So why is there no finance application bundled with Office 365? Why am I forced to go download Quicken or use the online Mint from Intuit? To add insult to injury I can't even download Quicken from the MS Store! And Intuit pulled their Mint UWP app from the MS Store in 2015! MS knows how to build really good financial software. MS Money (abandoned since 2012) was a beloved piece of software by millions of small business owners around the world. Why not resurrect it? Make it part of the Office 365 bundle? Perhaps freshen it up a bit. Make an online "cloud" version using the mighty Azure. Make a UWP version so I can run it on my tablet devices and hopefully someday "phone" devices. These two requests are not rocket science for MS, it's what they are doing with Word, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint already. So c'mon MS, with your vast resources and talents in Redmond, and with the massive profits you've been raking in with Azure, WHY is there no finance software bundled with Office 365?