Microsoft has unveiled new pricing plans for its Office 365 service aimed at small firms of between one and 300 employees.
The new plans are split into three offerings: Office 365 Business, Office 365 Business Essentials, and Office 365 Business Premium. The pricing for the three services are as follows:
- Business Essentials: £3.10 per user per month on an annual contract, or £3.70 per user per month on a monthly contract
- Business: £7 per user per month on an annual contract, or £8.50 per user per month on a monthly contract
- Business Premium: £7.80 per user per month on an annual contract, or £9.40 per user per month on a monthly contract
The basic Business Essentials offering provides access to Office Online, which includes Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher and OneDrive for Business cloud storage.
The Business option offers more advanced features including the ability to install Office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote on machines, and access to these tools on tablet devices such as iPads and Windows tablets. Business Premium provides access to all these services.
The maximum cap for any installation of these plans is 300 users.
Microsoft said that offering this new mix of plans would help small companies benefit from the firm's services at a price that suited their budgets.
"It’s no secret that for small businesses, the right technology can mean the difference between merely surviving and fully thriving," it said.
"Office 365 is transformational for businesses of all sizes, but levels the playing field for small and midsized businesses in particular because it makes enterprise-grade tools affordable and easy to set up and manage."
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