Microsoft 365 Enterprise overview

Microsoft 365 Enterprise is designed for large organizations and integrates Office 365 Enterprise, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) to empower everyone to be creative and work together, securely. Microsoft 365 Enterprise includes an enterprise edition of Windows 10 and Office applications through Office 365 ProPlus.

Both Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus provide new feature releases to the enterprise in March and September via the Semi-Annual Channel. A feature release of Semi-Annual Channel is supported for 18 months. Both Microsoft Intune and System Center Configuration Manager provide capabilities to deploy and update Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus.

This section provides an overview of the EMS and Office 365 services included with Microsoft 365 Enterprise and also introduces the core concepts necessary to understand how to best use it for your oganizational needs. These services provide capabilities that enable Microsoft cloud enterprise administrators to not just protect company employees’ identities and devices, but also control access to company data itself; both in transit and at rest.

Service Description
Microsoft Azure Active Directory Azure AD provides a full suite of identity management capabilities including multi-factor authentication, device registration, self-service password management, self-service group management, role based access control, application usage monitoring, rich auditing and security monitoring and alerting.
Azure AD Identity Protection This service enables you to detect potential vulnerabilities affecting your organization’s identities and configure automated responses via conditional access policies to low, medium and high sign-in risk and user risk.
Azure AD Privileged Identity Management This service enables organizations to minimize the number of people who have persistent access to privileged operations; Azure AD Privileged Identity Management introduces the concept of an eligible admin. Eligible admins should be users that need privileged access now and then, but not every day. The role is inactive until the user needs access, then they complete an activation process and become an active admin for a predetermined amount of time.
Azure Information Protection Azure Information Protection is a cloud-based solution, delivered as part of the EMS E5 offering, that helps an organization to classify, label, and protect its documents and emails. This can be done automatically by administrators who define rules and conditions, manually by users, or a combination where users are given recommendations. You use Azure Information Protection labels to apply classification to documents and emails. When you do this, the classification is identifiable at all times, regardless of where the data is stored or with whom it’s shared.

Azure Information Protection policy settings are protected by Azure Rights Management. Similar to how the labels that are applied, protection that is applied by using Rights Management stays with the documents and emails, independently of the location—inside or outside your organization, networks, file servers, and applications.
Microsoft Intune Intune is a cloud-based enterprise mobility management (EMM) service that helps enable your workforce to be productive while keeping your corporate data protected. Intune integrates closely with Azure AD for identity and access control and is used for device and application management. Intune’s device management capabilities are used to configure and protect your user’s devices, including Windows PCs.

Intune device management capabilities support both Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) enrollment which lets users enroll their personal phones, tablets, or PCs, and Corporate-owned Device (COD) enrollment that enable management scenarios like automatic enrollment, shared devices, or pre-authorized enrollment requirement configurations. For added security, you can even require MFA to enroll a device. Once enrolled into management, Intune can configure device features and settings to enable secure access to company resources.

Here are the most current versions of Windows 10, Office 365 ProPlus, Microsoft Intune, and System Center Configuration Manager:

Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) Semi-Annual Channel
Windows 10 Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (coming soon) Version 1703
Office 365 ProPlus Version 1708 Version 1705
Intune N/A Version 1708
System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview Version 1708 Version 1706*

* Update 1706 for System Center Configuration Manager current branch is available as an in-console update for previously installed sites that run version 1606, 1610, or 1702.


Microsoft Azure services are also updated on a regular basis, but are not referenced by a version number. To review the latest updates, and what's coming, for Azure services, see the cloud platform roadmap.

For more information about the features available in these versions, see the following articles:

Security best practices and recommendations

While there is no single best recommendation for all customer environments, the recommended security policies and configurations article introduces important security best practices concepts to understand. This article also describes general Microsoft recommendations about how to apply policy and configuration within the Microsoft cloud to ensure that your employees are both secure and productive.

Deploy Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus

Learn how to deploy Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus and integrate into Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) or on-premises Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). Deploy Windows 10, Office 365 ProPlus, and your other line-of-business apps to new devices or upgrade existing devices to Windows 10 using Intune, System Center Configuration Manager, and Group Policy to manage devices.

For more information, see the following articles:

For deployment assistance with Microsoft 365, contact FastTrack.

Manage updates to Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus

The following links show you how to gain maximum control over quality and feature updates for Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus. Learn how to effectively control bandwidth usage and keep Windows and Office up-to-date with the newest features, capabilities, and security updates.

For more information, see the following articles:

* Microsoft encourages organizations currently using Configuration Manager for Windows update management to continue doing so for Windows 10 client computers.

Next steps

Learn more about Microsoft 365 Enterprise services

Microsoft 365 Enterprise product page

Cloud platform roadmap