Microsoft new Office 365 offers a wide array of options for small business owners. From pricing standpoint, deal has just gotten sweeter and Microsoft has lowered the price of its most expensive smaller business offering — from $15 per seat per month to $12.50 — and raising the employee cap in some cases to 300 from 25. Microsoft has preserved a $5 per seat per month Office 365 option that includes its cloud products, but not desktop versions of Office proper.
Data storage, management and consumption is a trillion dollars business. Google, Apple and other smaller players all want a piece of this pie. From cloud based solution to local storage and editing, solution are available with a wide spectrum. However, Office 365 is still years ahead of its competition. Let’s take a quick look at the plans that Microsoft is currently offering:
Office 365 Business – The full Office applications – Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Publisher, with 1TB of OneDrive for Business cloud storage to access, edit and share your documents across your Windows PC, Mac, iPad, Windows tablet and smartphone.
Office 365 Business Essentials – The core cloud services for running your business – business class email and calendaring, Office Online, online meetings, IM, video conferencing, cloud storage and file sharing and much more.
Office 365 Business Premium – Get everything from both the Office 365 Business and Business Essentials plans.
Office 365 is becoming Microsoft’s key software business with subscription based model making is more affordable to small business owners.