news Microsoft has announced that it will soon be offering Windows 10 as a service for enterprises through the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) channel.
In a blog post penned by Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President, Windows and Devices Group, the firm said the new offering will be available from the autumn.
Currently there are more than 350 million active devices are running Windows 10. Further, other organisations are “moving quickly” to Windows 10 due to heightened security risks and the “industry-leading” security features offered by Windows 10, according to Mehdi.
“Companies of all sizes face real security threats from sophisticated hackers and cyber-terrorists, costing an average of $12 million an incident,” the Corporate VP said, adding that “critical sectors” like healthcare, legal and financial services need “strong security” like Microsoft’s large enterprise customers already receive through volume licensing agreements.
Enter Windows 10 Enterprise E3, which will provide businesses with “enterprise-grade” security and management capabilities through the CSP channel for a monthly fee of $7 per seat.
The move means CSP partners will be able to provide subscriptions to Windows 10 Enterprise Edition as part of a managed service offering.
“[This is] ideal for businesses who do not have dedicated IT resources or limited IT staff, and want their licensing and IT needs managed by a trusted and experienced partner,” said Mehdi.
The new product also rounds off Microsoft’s IT stack, with partners being able to offer business customers Windows 10, Office 365, Dynamics Azure and customer relationship management (CRM) as a per user, per month offering through just one channel.
Mehdi said that key features include increased security to help businesses protect sensitive data and identities, ensure devices are protected from cyberthreats and allow employees to access sensitive data on a variety of devices.
Additionally, simplified licensing and deployment is aimed to help businesses lower up-front costs, eliminating the need for time-consuming device counting and audits, and making it easier to stay compliant with a subscription-based, per-user licensing model.
The new offering allows businesses to move from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Enterprise E3 without rebooting, Mehdi added.
Finally, partner-managed IT will allow partners experienced in Windows 10 and cloud deployments to configure and manage devices, and help businesses develop a device security and management strategy with the unique features of Windows 10.
Windows 10 Enterprise will continue to be available through Microsoft’s regular licensing programs, said the IT giant.
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