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Now, with its new Microsoft 365 F1 Enterprise plan, the software giant is targeting deskless, or so-called "firstline, workers, the folks on factory floors, in restaurants and countless other hands-on working environments".

HP's Stream 14 Pro will likely be the first Windows 10 S notebook of the bunch to emerge, though, with the vendor planning to release the device next month.

Although data is often said to be the lifeblood of modern business, it's usually the firstline workers who keep its heart pumping and engaged with the marketplace.

F1 will also come with business class email and calendar in Outlook, SharePoint, Yammer, 1:1 HD video chat and audio, Teams chat-based workspace, 2GB of cloud storage, Schedule & task management, StaffHub, Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics, Windows Defender Antivirus, Device Guard, Azure Active Directory P1, Windows Hello, and Microsoft Intune.

A new version of Office isn't a small deal, and we wouldn't expect them to unveil the full product behind closed doors in a session at Ignite. It is, of course, Windows 10 S, which is the locked down version of Windows 10.

For Microsoft 365 Business, it means Office 365 Business Premium and Windows 10 Professional. Microsoft is positioning this solution to enable students, faculty and staff to create, collaborate in a secure way.

If you're a browser-based user of Office 365 you'll see some changes.

At the Microsoft Envision/Inspire conference in Orlando Microsoft also announced new intelligent search capabilities for Bing, more integration with LinkedIn and a vision for intelligent communications centering on Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Invoicing is accessed via browser, and through mobile apps for iOS and Android. Combined with Microsoft Bookings (also included in Microsoft 365), you've got a commerce package, powered by AI, that handles service businesses' appointment-setting and billing requirements.

Acer has a pair of notebooks which are scheduled to emerge at some point in the fourth quarter, namely the Acer Aspire 1 and Acer Swift 1, both of which will be ultra-slim models.

What are the advantages of subscribing, and what are the disadvantages of doing so? That's roughly $350 in expenses in the first year, and not taking into account that you can buy Windows 10 and Office for less. Can you think of other advantages or disadvantages? It doesn't look like details of this model have hit the web yet either, but Microsoft says it will go for $349 in February of next year.

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