Small and medium companies (SMBs) in america proceed to be the spine of the economic system, accounting for 99 % of all companies and using greater than 60 million employees—almost half of the US workforce.1 From the rise of distant work to the emergence of AI, SMBs are poised to profit tremendously from a brand new technology of know-how to assist develop and scale companies.
There are 11 million SMBs that now depend on Microsoft 365 options to assist them obtain greater than ever. Learn on to study extra about new investments Microsoft is making to assist SMBs obtain greater than ever earlier than.
For a restricted time, get 15% off Microsoft 365 Enterprise Normal or Microsoft 365 Enterprise Premium by means of Might 31. Phrases and situations apply.
We’re enthusiastic about our latest AI announcement that may rework the best way you’re employed and streamline your small business operations. Beneath, we’ll talk about what these new AI capabilities imply to companies like yours. We’ve additionally partnered with GoDaddy, PayPal, and Stripe to carry you a first-of-its-kind Groups Funds app that helps you shut new enterprise and receives a commission straight in Microsoft Groups conferences; we’ll spotlight a undertaking group app that helps your workers higher collaborate and create collectively; and share new security measures that may shield your group’s gadgets.
We’re partnering with the Small Enterprise Affiliation to sponsor Nationwide Small Enterprise Week (NSBW) in america, and in celebration, we’re providing promotional pricing for the month of Might 2023 while you purchase a full 12 months of Microsoft 365 Enterprise Premium or Microsoft 365 Enterprise Normal. As somebody who has a robust ardour for the success of small companies, I’m additionally thrilled to personally current on the NSBW Digital Summit and present you the way your small business can profit from AI to realize your small business objectives.
Get able to put the ability of AI to work for your small business
SMBs are quickly changing into the brand new adopters of AI. Companies are utilizing AI-powered instruments for gross sales and advertising automation and enterprise operations automation. Actually, in a latest survey of 550 companies with fewer than 200 workers, 72 % stated they’re conversant in AI instruments, with 48 % utilizing them every day.2
In March, we introduced Microsoft 365 Copilot, which is able to rework the best way you’re employed and free you to give attention to the issues most necessary to your small business.
Copilot saves you time by automating routine duties, streamlining enterprise workflows, and offering priceless insights that will help you make the best choices. It brings collectively your individual knowledge—your inner paperwork, shows, chat, and e mail—and makes use of it that will help you draft emails, summarize conferences, and extra. Let’s stroll by means of a situation that will help you visualize among the methods Copilot may also help small and medium companies.
Drafting buyer responses: A clothes retailer proprietor asks Copilot to summarize the morning’s emails, flag messages that embody buyer suggestions and provider issues, and draft personalized responses to every inquiry.
Analyzing knowledge: The shop proprietor makes use of Excel to interrupt down gross sales by kind and channel to find out profitability, undertaking the influence of accelerating the shop’s on-line stock, then reformat knowledge into visible charts to mannequin how stock shifts may influence the enterprise’s gross margin.
Wanting to put in writing a enterprise planning overview, the proprietor makes use of Microsoft Phrase to summarize buyer suggestions—pulling knowledge from e mail and Groups chats—in addition to combine the newly-analyzed knowledge and decide the advantages of accelerating on-line stock.
Making a proposal: Subsequent, the proprietor asks PowerPoint to draft a two-page undertaking proposal to share with enterprise stakeholders, primarily based on buyer suggestions and the sooner evaluation—then additional makes use of Copilot to summarize the data in only one slide.
Summarizing conferences: The shop proprietor meets with the retail retailer group to debate enterprise methods and asks Groups to summarize key dialogue factors and opinions and recommend motion gadgets—all in real-time throughout a gathering.
These are only a few examples of how Copilot can profit your small business. To study extra about AI and Copilot, learn the Microsoft 365 Copilot weblog or deep dive into the know-how and science with Worklab: AI-a entire new manner of working.
Use the brand new Groups Funds app that will help you shut enterprise and receives a commission
Getting paid for appointments, courses, and webinars—primarily any assembly you host in Groups—has simply grow to be simpler. We’re launching the Groups Funds app, which permits SMBs to simply handle and acquire funds from inside Groups conferences in your desktop or cell gadget throughout a gathering.
We’ve partnered with main gamers within the funds house to mix the core collaboration capabilities in Groups with highly effective commerce options on this first-of-its-kind app. With a mutual give attention to serving to SMBs prosper, we’re excited to companion with GoDaddy, PayPal, and Stripe to make it even simpler for purchasers to work together with you and aid you receives a commission quicker.
The Groups Funds app is at the moment out there in public preview within the Groups Retailer for Groups Necessities and Microsoft 365 enterprise subscribers at no cost for companies registered in america and Canada. PayPal and Stripe are each out there right this moment throughout the app; GoDaddy is coming quickly. Learn extra about this announcement in our Groups Funds weblog.
Suppose, plan, and create collectively like by no means earlier than with Microsoft Loop
We just lately launched the Loop app, a brand new manner to your workers to prepare all of their undertaking wants in a single central place—together with ideas, hyperlinks, and paperwork. Loop even helps you get began by suggesting related recordsdata to incorporate as you begin a brand new workspace. Its versatile interface helps you arrange your workspace the best way that works greatest for you.
With Loop, your work just isn’t confined to a single house. You possibly can flip components of your workspace into Loop parts, that are moveable items of content material that keep in sync throughout all of the locations they’re shared—be it in Groups, Outlook, Microsoft Whiteboard, or Phrase for the net—permitting your groups to co-create and work collectively seamlessly as you create lists, tables, notes, and extra.
With the discharge of Copilot, you’ll quickly be capable to use its capabilities in Loop to raised ideate collectively. As you and your teammates work, you possibly can return to earlier prompts, add language to refine the output, and edit the generated responses to get higher, extra customized outcomes.
The Loop app is out there right this moment in public preview. Allow Loop to your group then go to Microsoft Loop to get began.
Safeguard your small business with safety options constructed for SMBs
Defending your small business towards the ever-evolving risk of cybercrime is significant, and we stay dedicated to delivering safety options that assist small and medium companies keep protected from cyberattacks. We’re happy to carry new safety capabilities to Microsoft 365 Enterprise Premium and Microsoft Defender for Enterprise to assist make safety extra accessible.
Defender for Enterprise now simplifies safety for cell gadgets, defending you from threats corresponding to malware and ransomware on iOS and Android—with out the necessity for add-ons or gadget administration—serving to your workers keep safe on the go.
Month-to-month safety studies have been added to assist simplify your small business’s safety standing throughout identification, gadgets, data, and apps and supply suggestions for enchancment, shut gaps, and instill confidence in stakeholders.
To study extra about these updates, learn the newest weblog and go to the SMB Safety net web page.
Microsoft 365 promotional supply
In celebration of Nationwide Small Enterprise Week, Microsoft is providing companies in america a 15 % low cost off the primary full 12 months of Microsoft 365 Enterprise Normal or Microsoft 365 Enterprise Premium. Phrases and situations apply.*
- Microsoft 365 Enterprise Normal: Contains your favourite apps, corresponding to Phrase, Excel, PowerPoint, and Groups, to assist carry your concepts to life.
- Microsoft 365 Enterprise Premium: Contains the capabilities in Microsoft 365 Enterprise Normal, plus superior safety and administration capabilities.
Get began with this limited-time supply.
At Microsoft, we’re devoted to delivering highly effective instruments that aid you develop your small enterprise. Discover our newest Microsoft 365 merchandise that will help you get AI prepared, in addition to these helpful sources for SMBs:
- Small enterprise assist and studying: Be taught extra about how you can arrange and use your Microsoft 365 subscription, discover ideas and templates that will help you accomplish your small business duties, and get essentially the most out of hybrid work.
- Small enterprise sources: Get free sources, tech coaching, and steering to maintain your small business thriving and rising.
- Microsoft 365 Copilot: AI device combines the ability of language fashions along with your knowledge to show your phrases into highly effective data.
1Regularly Requested Questions About Small Enterprise, US Small Enterprise Administration, March 2023.
2Microsoft small and medium enterprise (SMB) voice and attitudes to know-how examine, Microsoft, 2022.
* This promotional supply is out there to new Microsoft 365 business clients between Might 1, 2023, and Might 31, 2023, in america. Prospects should buy Microsoft 365 Enterprise Normal or Enterprise Premium with a 15 % low cost when bought from our direct web site. An annual dedication is required, and promotional pricing applies to the first 12 months solely. Promotional pricing will likely be mirrored at checkout. This subscription routinely renews and is topic to recurring month-to-month billing with a fee technique required. This promotion just isn’t out there on trial subscriptions. Prospects can cancel at any time to cease future fees. This supply might not be mixed with any different supply. Microsoft reserves the best to cancel, change, or droop this supply at any time with out discover.