Microsoft Corporation has announced Office 365 for businesses at a starting price of $12 per month. Office 365 launched for consumers last month and now SMBs can use Office 365’s cloud version of Office. Office 365 gives you access to Microsoft Office tools from virtually anywhere.
?This release unlocks new scenarios and delivers capabilities that far surpass anything available in browser-only solutions,? stated Microsoft Office Division President Kurt DelBene. Office 365 competes directly against Google Apps.
Office 365 for businesses will be available in 69 markets and 17 languages according to VentureBeat. The company will be launching the service in another 20 markets and 16 languages in Q2 of this year.
Office 365 Small Business Premium will cost $150 per user per year ($12.50 per month). Applications include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, Outlook, InfoPath, Access, and Lync. This option could be useful if you have 1-10 employees. You can also get access to ?business grade email, shared calendars, website tools, and HD video conferencing.?
The Office 365 Midsize Business option costs $180 per user per year ($15 per month). Programs include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, InfoPath, Access, Lync, Exchange Online, Lync Online, and SharePoint Online. This version is designed for between 10 and 250 employees. Office 365 for Midsize Business makes it simpler to administrate every employee’s accounts through Active Directory integration. It also supports business hours phone support and it has a web-based administration console.
Office 365 ProPlus costs $144 per user per year ($12 per month). ProPlus includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, InfoPath, Access, and Lync. ProPlus does not have Exchange Online, Lync Online, or SharePoint Online for employees. But every user with a license can use Office 365 on up to 5 devices. Administrators will have access to numerous IT tools also.