In July Microsoft’s Office 365 blog announced three new plans aimed directly towards small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) at 1-250 employees. The constant evolution of Microsoft’s Office 365 Business Plans can often cause confusion. Will these new plans suit your business needs?
According to Microsoft, those with existing plans will have a 12 months’ notice for any changes to a customer’s core subscription. There is no need to panic―yet as existing customers will require no action to take until October 1, 2015. The benefits of existing subscriptions with Small Business and Small Business Premium are expected to see a seat cap raise of 25-300. Also Midsize Business subscriptions will see a reduction from $15/user/month to $12.5/user/month.
Imagine these new plans as a name change. Prices remain the same with slight changes. Perhaps the name change will provide better understanding. Microsoft SKUs are often confusing for small or mid-size business owners who are unfamiliar with Office 365 subscriptions.
The new plans will replace:
Note: Old plans are located on the left.
- Small Business – Business Essentials
- Small Business Premium – Business Premium
- Midsize Business – Business
Here is the detailed breakdown:
New offerings according to Microsoft:
- New Choice: The Office 365 Business plan ($8.25/user/month) makes it simple to get just the familiar, full Office apps at a great price – always up to date and available on all your devices including your PC, Mac, iPad and smartphone. The included 1TB of cloud storage makes it easy to access and edit your important files from anywhere.
- New Value: Business Premium includes Midsize Business’ services at the Small Business Premium price of $12.50 user/month. Business Essentials matches Small Business on price ($5/user/month) with improved features and additional services like Yammer and Active Directory support. The higher seat limit of 300 means even more businesses can take advantage of the great value these plans provide.
- New Flexibility: As you grow and your technology needs change, you can move your company (or just specific users) to an Enterprise plan, a different Business plan, or even add solutions like Project, Visio, Dynamics CRM Online and more.
To switch on the release date of October 1, 2014 or wait for renewal on October 1, 2015? Maybe you’re unhappy with your current plan. This could be a great opportunity to do some cost cutting or add extra Office 365 applications tailored to your business. By reading this blog we hope that Office 365 Advisors can help your SMB decide which Office 365 Business Plan suits your business needs. Contact an Office 365 Advisor today for consultation.
Source: Office Blogs