Microsoft announced today that it will release three new Office 365 plans on October 1st, aimed at meeting varying needs of small and midsized businesses, ranging from 1 to 250 employees.
The first is called Office 365 Business. This includes Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Publisher, and a terabyte of OneDrive for Business cloud storage.
The second is Office 365 Business Essentials. This one provides business class email and calendars, Office Online, online meetings, IM, video conferencing, cloud storage, file storage, etc.
The third is Office 365 Business Premium, which includes everything from both of the other plans.
Microsoft lists the following as benefits of the new plans:
New Choice: The Office 365 Business plan ($8.25/user/month) makes it simple to get just the familiar, full Office apps at a great price – always up to date and available on all your devices including your PC, Mac, iPad and smartphone. The included 1TB of cloud storage makes it easy to access and edit your important files from anywhere.
New Value: Business Premium includes Midsize Business’ services at the Small Business Premium price of $12.50 user/month. Business Essentials matches Small Business on price ($5/user/month) with improved features and additional services like Yammer and Active Directory support. The higher seat limit of 300 means even more businesses can take advantage of the great value these plans provide.
New Flexibility: As you grow and your technology needs change, you can move your company (or just specific users) to an Enterprise plan, a different Business plan, or even add solutions like Project, Visio, Dynamics CRM Online and more.
The new plans will replace the current ones – Small Business, Small Business Premium, and Midsize Business. The enterprise plans will stay the same.
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