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Microsoft has bundled together Windows 10, Office 365 and a variety of management tools to create its newest subscription suite, Microsoft 365 (M365). Here's what the bundle includes, how much it costs and what it means for the software developer's future.

Microsoft has spent considerable marketing and promotional capital on its newest by-subscription suite, Microsoft 365, since late April, trumpeting it as the firm started to roll out the latest Windows 10 feature upgrade and continuing the huzzahs during Build, its annual developers confab.

Why? What's so important about yet another cluster of software?

Computerworld has an answer to that question, and many others, about Microsoft 365, the less-than-a-year-old effort that may define how the Redmond, Wash. company approaches the business of selling business software for the next decade.

What is Microsoft 365?

At its most basic, Microsoft 365 - M365 for short - is a collection of also-available-independently products. In this case, the bundle is composed of three significant pieces: A user-based license to Windows 10, a user-based license to Office 365, and management tools suitable for the intended audience, whether that's an enterprise IT staff or a one-person, part-time administrator in a small firm.

Like other product bundles Microsoft sells, notably Office 365 itself, Microsoft 365 is sold as a subscription, with monthly fees for each user. Those monthly costs per "seat" range from $20 to nearly $60. With some exceptions, if a customer refuses to renew a subscription, the once-rented software eventually stops working. On the flip side, as long as the subscription is maintained, all updates and upgrades are included at no extra charge. Because that software is continuously refreshed, it is always in support.

How many versions of M365 does Microsoft sell?

More than one and fewer than a score.

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