Microsoft Preps New Office 365 Plans for SMBs
This fall, the company is revamping its Office software subscriptions for small and midsized businesses.Microsoft is working on three new Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses (SMBs), the company announced on July 9. Microsoft Office General Manager Kirk Gregersen revealed in a company blog post that his company has plans to "release three new Office 365 plans tailored to meet the needs of small and midsized businesses (SMBs), ranging from 1 to approximately 250 employees," on Oct. 1. The announcement builds on last month's release of the Office 365 for business public roadmap, he said. The roadmap is an effort to provide Office 365 customers with visibility into what's ahead for the cloud-enabled productivity platform. "It provides a few months' view of new features, enhancements, and major updates," said Jake Zborowski, an Office 365 group product manager, when the roadmap was published. The new plans will replace Office 365 Small Business, Small Business Premium and Midsize Business "over time," said Gregersen. The current Office 365 Enterprise lineup will remain unaffected.
Microsoft's new Office 365 subscription plans for SMBs are:
- Office 365 Business: Provides full, installable versions of Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Publisher) along with 1TB of OneDrive for Business cloud storage. It costs $8.25 per user per month.
- Office 365 Business Essentials: Provides cloud-delivered Office Online apps, along with email, calendaring, online meetings, instant messaging, video conferencing, Yammer and Active Directory support, and OneDrive cloud storage and file sharing. It costs $5 per user per month.
- Office 365 Business Premium: Offers "everything" from both the Office 365 Business and Business Essentials and costs $12.50 per user per month.