To me, Office 365 seems like a logical choice for small and midsized businesses. It allow companies with just a handful of employees to upwards of 250 to take advantage of Microsoft Office products at a price point that makes sense. Smaller companies have just as much turnover as large ones, so it really makes sense to pay a monthly subscription fee should needs change.
On Thursday, Microsoft sweetened the deal for SMBs by lowering prices and rolling out three distinct plans.
- Office 365 Business Essentials – provides access to the online versions of Office apps, OneDrive for Business, Business-class email services, and online meetings (including video conferencing). Priced at $5.00 per user per month.
- Office 365 Business – gives access to all the Office applications to install locally including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, and OneDrive for Business. Priced at $8.25 per user per month.
- Office 365 Business Premium – this plan is a combination of Business and Business Essentials features and priced at $12.50 per user per month.
More information is available on the official Office 365 for Business web site: Office 365 Business