Microsoft announces new Office 365 for SMB Plans
Microsoft increases the pressure on competitors by announcing a range of SMB focussed plans
In addition to Microsoft Office applications like Excel and Powerpoint, Office 365 features extra resources including instant messaging and document management.
There are several subscriptions and here’s our review of the options available:
SMALL BUSINESS PLAN
Microsoft are advertising a 365 price of £3.90+VAT per user, per month. This is the plan for professionals and small businesses.
It’s one of several Office 365 plans that are available.
This option includes:
• Mobile and web calendars from most devices including Blackberry and iPhone
• A 25GB mailbox for each user with a 25MB capacity for sending attachments with Exchange Online
Like all Office 365 subscriptions this will connect with client editions of Microsoft Outlook 2007 / 2010 if you already own them. If you don’t then see the Small Business Premium plan or the Office 365 Midsize Business plan later on.
Included in the plan is :
• Office Web Apps enabling the basic editing of Word doc’s, Powerpoint presentations, Access databases and Excel or One Notes sheets. As well as browser access this is available by mobile and also connects with Office 2007/10.
Poundbury can provide phone help with this plan.
The subscription includes Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange to protect emails from span and virus attack.
This Small Business plan supports up to a maximum of 25 users but teams of more than 25 people are likely to need the extra resources which are available with higher plans. These include features such as email archiving, active directory sync, dedicated support and full featured Office applications online. Choosing the right plan is key – Please talk to us !!!
If you want Desktop applications aswell then you need Office 365 Small Business Premium which is priced at £10.10/user/month.
Whilst the Office 365 Enterprise Plan ( E1 ) comes in at £5.20 per user, per month we think that the most attractive plan is going to be the Office 365 Midsize Plan ( Called MPlan within Microsoft ) which, at £9.80 per user, per month basically has everything you are likely to need for up to 300 users.
Please call Clare on 01305 259849 for more detail on these plans and a FREE TRIAL.