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Microsoft, HP Enterprise Partnership Focuses On Windows 10, Cloud & Mobility

Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise extend their partnership to offer cloud, mobility, and productivity solutions designed to broaden Windows 10 adoption.

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Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) have announced they are collaborating to provide cloud, mobility, and productivity solutions to shared enterprise customers.

As part of their extended partnership, HPE plans to offer services to broaden Windows 10 adoption within its enterprise customer base. Microsoft recently announced the new OS is running on 12 million business devices.

The two tech giants plan to offer enterprises a range of integrated services and products designed to streamline workflows, boost productivity, and prepare their businesses for continued growth.

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In a blog post on the news, Susan Hauser, Microsoft's Enterprise and Partner Group CVP, promises the collaboration will make Windows 10 adoption "easier than ever" for the enterprise.

The newly expanded partnership between Microsoft and HPE will provide the following services:

New cloud and mobility consulting services

These offerings will serve as add-ons to the advisory and delivery capabilities HPE already provides through Windows 10. New additions will include cloud productivity and mobile platform products to help businesses improve collaboration, streamline processes, and respond better to modern digital customers.

Windows 10 consulting services

The consulting services team at HPE plans to help clients improve business process through prototyping, digital process design, and application development. This division plans to combine HPE services with Microsoft platforms including Dynamics CRM, Enterprise Mobility Suite, Windows 10 for the Enterprise, Office 365, and Skype for Business.

Industry-specific vertical apps

HPE and Microsoft are working to build applications for the automotive, healthcare, and financial industries. As part of this partnership, the two plan to expand Windows 10-based enterprise solutions to the energy, transportation, and retail industries as well. The goal is to help businesses improve customer services and business processes across all Windows 10 devices.

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News of this partnership closely follows Microsoft's first major Windows 10 update, which was released to the public on November 12. With this update Microsoft reported Windows 10 was mature to the point it could "confidently recommend" deployment throughout whole organizations.

The latest update delivered Windows Update for Business and Windows Store for Business, two services that give IT greater control over delivering Windows 10 updates and services. Admins also learned of business-specific additions, including mobile device management and Azure Active Directory Join. Security updates include Credential Guard and Device Guard.

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Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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