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Microsoft Is Making Major Moves in the Cloud

Last week, Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) announced a major restructuring meant to put its sales and marketing efforts on better footing for an era where cloud software and services sales take top priority, at least in the corporate realm. This week, the company has unveiled the other half of its shakeup, revamping its enterprise offerings to further boost cloud sales and enlisting its Windows cash cow to aid the effort.

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On Monday, as his company's Inspire partner conference kicked off, CEO Satya Nadella announced his company is now selling subscription bundles that provide access to both Windows 10 and the Office 365 suite, each of which was already being sold via standalone subscriptions. The bundles, Microsoft 365 E3 and E5, target enterprises and feature negotiable prices. A third bundle meant for companies with 300 or fewer employees, known as Microsoft 365 Business, costs $20 per month and pairs Office 365 with Windows 10 "upgrade rights."

The enterprise bundles mainly differ in terms of the version of Office 365 attached to them. The E5 bundle comes with the expansive Office 365 Enterprise E5 suite, which costs $35 per month prior to discounts, and the E3 bundle with the Enterprise E3 Suite, which lacks some of the E3 suite's analytics and security tools and is officially priced at $20 per month. Microsoft 365 Business comes with Office 365 Business Premium, which normally goes for $12.50 per month.

Notably, the E3 and E5 bundles come with Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility + Security package, which among other things includes software for managing mobile devices and apps, running virtual desktops across multiple devices, protecting users from malware attacks and letting users easily access various apps and services with a common login (single sign-on). Different parts of the package compete with products from the likes of BlackBerry Ltd. (BBRY) , Citrix Systems Inc. (CTXS) and Okta...