At Springhouse we love Microsoft Office 365. Moving to Office 365 has not only enhanced our productivity but it has reduced the day to day demands on our IT staff which allows them to concentrate on what is most important to us: our customers. Last month at their World Wide Partner Conference Microsoft announced new Office 365 plans for Small and Midsized Businesses will be made even better over the next couple of months.
The new plans, which will debut on October 1st, 2014, and will replace the current plans for SMB 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.
For more detail on what the new plans offer, look at the following breakdown:
What does this mean for existing customers?
Starting October 1st current customers will begin to experience changes to their plan benefits. Subscribers to the Small Business and Small Business Premium plans will see their seat cap raise from 25 to 300. Midsized Business customers (who are already at the 300 seat cap), will see their monthly price be reduced from $15/user/month to $12.50/user/month. Existing customers will realize this price reduction the next time you renew your subscription. New Midsized Business customers will be able to take advantage of the reduced pricing starting on August 1st, 2014.
Current subscribers will continue to receive all of the benefits of Office 365 you do today - including any feature and security updates (e.g. admin center updates, new suite navigation) and any new services (e.g. adding Yammer to Midsize Business, increase in OneDrive for Business storage) Microsoft releases that are relevant to your subscription. No capabilities will be removed or reduced.