On October 1, 2014, Microsoft is planning to revamp its Office 365 offerings for small and medium sized businesses. Targeted toward companies with 1 to 250 employees, the new lineup consists of three different levels of subscriptions with each plan offering differing options.
The new subscription levels are:
- 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.
The Enterprise plans are not changing, this only affects those companies within the designated definition for small to medium business sizes. Per Microsoft's plan change policy, current customers have a 12 month reprieve before having to sign-up for the new plans.
For full details see: Evolving Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses