Microsoft has announced that as of 1st October it will be changing its Office 365 plans to improve the product for small and midsize businesses. So what’s changing?
The three new plans will replace the current Small Business, Small Business Premium and Midsize Business plans and will be tailored to businesses with up to 250 employees, offering increased choice and flexibility.
And the new plans will look something like this…
Office 365 Business
– Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Publisher
– 1TB of OneDrive for Business cloud storage
Office 365 Business Essentials
– Business class email and calendaring
– Office Online Web Apps
– Online meetings, IM, video conferencing, cloud storage and file sharing
Office 365 Business Premium
– Everything from both the Office 365 Business and Business Essentials plans.
The changes have been made to reflect feedback the company has received from its SMB customers and regarding business growth and how 365 can support this growth.
So how will this affect you as a current O365 customer? Well Microsoft has a policy of giving 12 months’ notice of any core subscription changes so you’ll only be affected upon your first renewal after 1st October 2015 – a year after the plans officially change. And if you’re currently a Small Business Premium customer your seat limit will be raised from 25 users to 300, and Midsize customers will get a price reduction from $15 to $12.50 per user per month. UK prices are yet to be released, but to give you an idea, US pricing has been announced at $8.25 for Business, $5 for Business Essentials and $12.50 for Business Premium.