For SMEs, Microsoft plans to provide three new Office 365 subscriptions. They replace the existing offers Small Business, Small Business Premium and Midsize Business. Starting at $ 5 a month, users get access to Exchange Online, Lync, Yammer, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint Online.
Microsoft will introduce three new subscriptions to Office 365 . For small and medium-sized businesses with up to 300 employees, Office 365 Business, Office 365 Business Essentials and Office 365 Business Premium are intended. From the 1st of October they are available.
Logo Office 365For $ 8.25 per month per user, or $ 99 per user per year, SMEs can use the locally-installed office applications, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Publisher on up to five PCs or Macs per user. In addition, they receive a TByte free online storage. Not included in Office 365 Business are the online versions of Exchange, Lync, or SharePoint.
The cheapest of the three offers includes only the cloud solutions for e-mail and calendar (Exchange Online), instant messaging and video conferencing (Lync Online) and online collaboration (SharePoint Online). For each month and users incurred $ 5. Office 365 Business Essentials costs $ 60 per user per year per user. Also included here is OneDrive for Business with a TByte storage and also the enterprise social network Yammer. The downloadable Office applications are not part of the offer.
SMEs looking to buy all installable office software for up to five PCs or Macs per user, Exchange Online, Lync Online, SharePoint Online, Yammer, and 1TB of storage at OneDrive for Business need to pay $ 12.50 per user per month. The annual fee for Office 365 Business Premium is $ 150 per user.
The three subscriptions are intended to replace the current SME versions Small Business, Small Business Premium and Midsize Business . They currently cost 5, 12.50 and 15 dollars per month and users. Already in the fall Microsoft introduces some changes. In this way, it wants to make it easier for customers to switch to the new subscriptions.
Among other things, Microsoft will increase the maximum number of users for Office 365 Small Business and Small Business Premium from 25 to 300 from 1 October. For Office 365 Midsize Business, this limit already applies. The price of the Midsize subscription drops from $ 15 a month and users to $ 12.50. However, customers will only receive the new price after the contract has been extended after 1 August 2014.
In addition, Microsoft wants to simplify the switch between subscriptions for the entire company or just individual users. It is unclear whether this also applies to the switch to a smaller or cheaper subscription. So far, Microsoft had only allowed its customers to upgrade to a more expensive subscription – but no downgrade.
Existing customers can switch to the new subscriptions as they become available. Redmond recommends, however, to wait until 1 October 2015 to change to a pending contract extension. Only a small proportion of users benefit from an earlier change, according to a blog post.
In addition, Microsoft apparently has yet to remove an obstacle. “Some customers can not switch to the new subscriptions immediately. We will provide these customers with an update, which will allow them until 1 October 2015, a change. “Which customers are affected by this and what an update it is, said Microsoft not with. However, the company intends to announce further details at its Worldwide Partner Conference, which will start on July 14 in the US capital Washington.
In the past year not only representatives of Microsoft but also partners had criticized the complexity of the various Office 365 subscriptions for companies. It remains to be seen whether the new subscriptions will be valued differently and whether they will help Microsoft, for example, in the cloud against Google.