Microsoft, GoDaddy Team Up To Offer Office 365 To Small BusinessesBy: Zach Walton - January 13, 2014
If you own a small business, you’re going to need some productivity software for your employees. If you use GoDaddy as your Web host, you won’t have to look far.
Microsoft and GoDaddy announced today that the two are teaming up to offer Office 365 as GoDaddy’s “exclusive core business-class email and productivity service.” The agreement will see Office 365 integrated seamlessly into GoDaddy’s other enterprise offerings, including “professional email connected to their domain names, cloud storage and a full suite of Microsoft productivity solutions.”
“Combining our small-business expertise together with Microsoft’s productivity offerings opens new doors for small businesses to easily get the tools they need to get more done in their day,” said Steven Aldrich, senior vice president of Business Applications, GoDaddy. “We’ve created a simple way to attach Office 365 to a domain name, helping small-business owners look professional and work anywhere, making the business of running their business easier.”
The partnership is good for GoDaddy, but it’s even better for Microsoft. The company that built Windows is looking for more revenue streams as the PC market is slowly being taken over by the likes of Android and iOS. Office is arguably the company’s most well known product and its usage in enterprise environments is a given. By integrating Office 365 into GoDaddy’s own enterprise services, Microsoft can now target even more enterprise customers.
“We’re excited that GoDaddy has chosen to exclusively offer Office 365 to its small-business customers, giving them easy and supported access to productivity tools being used by some of the most successful businesses in the world,” said John Case, corporate vice president, Microsoft Office. “GoDaddy’s relationship with small businesses combined with Office 365, the fastest-growing Microsoft product in history, will help bring the benefits of Office 365 and modern cloud services to even more companies, whether they’re seeking to modernize how they do business or simply starting up.”
So, how much is this going to cost you? GoDaddy is offering what it calls Email Essentials, which includes 5GB of email storage, the ability to sync email, calendar and contacts across device and 2GB of SkyDrive cloud storage, for $3.99 per user per month.
To actually get access to Office Web apps, including Word and Excel, you’re going to have to pony up $8.99 per user per month, but you also get 25GB of cloud storage and 50GB of email storage.
If your employees need the desktop versions of Microsoft Office, you can opt to pay $12.49 a month to get access to everything in the previous tier plus access to the Office for desktop and Office 365 for mobile. It should be noted that this tier only allows you to install Microsoft Office on up to five PCs or Macs.
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