Microsoft continues to rake in huge money from its enterprise-focused “intelligent cloud” offering, of which Azure is a major factor. Indeed, server products and cloud services led to a 24 percent increase in Microsoft’s intelligent cloud segment; total revenues for intelligent cloud were $8.6 billion. Azure revenue in particular increased 76 percent.
Office 365 encourages collaboration through Groups in Outlook, distribution lists (also called distribution groups), shared mailboxes, and public folders. Each of these options has a different purpose, user experience, and feature set. What to use depends on what the user needs to do and which tools your organization provides.
Customers are wrestling with the idea of providing a productive environment using the latest technology, while at the same time figuring out how to maintain this new technology and keep their data secure. The result is a patchwork of different solutions, complex integration, lost productivity, and systems with security flaws due to not having the most up to date software patches and releases. This is where Microsoft 365 Business comes into play. By providing productivity tools, built-in security and simplified management in one package, Microsoft 365 Business addresses the business challenges customers face in the modern workplace.
Users expect to instantly log into apps and navigate between domains without having to retype credentials but implementing SSO from scratch is not unlike reinventing the wheel. We must think about security, performance, managing user sessions, and a host of other things.
“We had an incredible year, surpassing $100 billion in revenue as a result of our teams’ relentless focus on customer success and the trust customers are placing in Microsoft,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “Our early investments in the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge are paying off, and we will continue to expand our reach in large and growing markets with differentiated innovation.”