It’s not a huge surprise to many who follow Microsoft, that the company is eagerly pushing and promoting the Office 365 product. With smalll and medium sized businesses, Microsofot is making that push harder, keeping them from using Google Docs. On Thursday, the push made it more apparent with new plans geared towards their usage.
By tailoring plans for small and midsized businesses, Office 365 can keep their users happy and their business owners happy without a huge bill. It also gives these companies enterprise level services for a fraction of the cost, which pleases those businesses immensely.
Geared Towards Under 250 Employees
These new plans from Microsoft and Office 365 are geared towards small and medium sized businesses, whose total employee count are under 250. This is the sweet spot for Office 365 in Microsoft’s research, since it makes sure they get enough tools for daily usage, but not overload them with tools that they won’t use, or their owners pay for on a regular basis.
These new SMB plans as they are called, were previously announced earlier this year, but gives them a ton of flexibility for their plans. The three new Office plans are live for businesses to choose from, and can take effect immediately, without the need to get large enterprise sales personnel involved as well.
Three New Office 365 Plans
The three new Office 365 plans for SMBs are Office 365 Business, Office 365 Business Essentials, and Office 365 Business Premium. The core essentials of the Office 365 product are included in all three versions, but offer a variety of different advanced features that larger SMB customers can use.
The Office 365 Business product has the full Office Suite of Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, OneDrive for Business, and more. The Essentials product has more online components with online meetings, IM, video conferencing, and cloud storage. Lastly, the Business Premium package has everyhing that the two other plasn contain. These plans are meant to take the place of previous Office 365 plans, and are available now. Office.com has all the pricing details for SMB customers, and can be ordered now.
SMB customers will love these Office 365 plans. Microsoft is listening to them, and giving them what they want.