Microsoft Corp., the world’s largest software maker, is introducing a new business units focused on Internet-enabled computing devices, including gaming devices and home appliances.
The new business, dubbed Internet-ready computing, will provide support for hardware and software, while allowing businesses to use the platform for both Windows and Internet-based applications.
The business units, which were announced Monday, also include Windows, Windows Server, Windows 8 and Windows 7 products, and Microsoft’s own Internet Explorer browser.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a blog post that the company is “building a world where consumers can build devices that are easy to use and highly productive.
We have been working for years on this vision, and today we are delivering it to you.”
He added that the new businesses will be part of the “Next Big Platform.”
Nadella also announced that Microsoft will start selling Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Teams 365 products through its partners, which includes Microsoft Corp.’s own Office 365, Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Office online services.
The announcement also came just two days after Microsoft announced that it would be announcing new business divisions.
In March, the company announced plans to launch a new division, Office 365 Business, which would focus on enterprise business and government customers.
Microsoft said the new business will focus on “supporting the enterprise and government needs for Office 365” and will include both enterprise and business customers.
The announcement did not provide details on the new divisions.
According to Nadell, the new organizations will include “Microsoft Teams, the most popular cloud-based collaboration platform for building and managing online relationships.
The Teams community, a community of users and developers, is growing at a phenomenal pace, and we want to help them meet the needs of their customers, partners and employees with the most powerful, simple, open and open-source collaboration tools on the planet.”
The new businesses are designed to support the following business areas: The Microsoft Group and Microsoft Enterprise, which will be led by Microsoft CEO Kevin Turner and include executives, directors and other senior leaders; Microsoft Office, which has been the platform of choice for the Office suite for more than 15 years; Windows, which is the software used by Windows PCs and is the most widely used operating system on PCs and servers; Cloud Services, which provides security, enterprise computing and cloud computing services; Enterprise and Microsoft Solutions, which focus on building, managing and sharing solutions across Microsoft’s core products and services; and Microsoft Cloud, which enables the delivery of a global network of cloud computing and other cloud services to customers.
Nadelly added that each of the new enterprise business units will focus “on the business that matters most to your customers and employees, and on what is most important to them, in addition to the core business of Windows.”
Microsoft also announced a $1 billion fund to accelerate its expansion into enterprise applications.
Nada Patel, the head of Microsoft’s Enterprise Services division, said the fund will focus primarily on “advancing the use of Windows Server and Windows Server 2012 for enterprise customers.”
Other notable announcements in Microsoft’s announcement included a push into Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 with Windows 10 Mobile, a new Windows Store app for Windows 8 users, and the release of a new version of its Office productivity suite for Windows and Windows tablets.
Nadia Patel also announced an “Office 365 Business for Enterprises” that will focus specifically on providing support for the business’s Office 365 business unit and its business-to-business apps.
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