Microsoft Office 365: Is there a plan and pricepoint that's right for you?

Microsoft Office 365: Is there a plan and pricepoint that's right for you?

Summary: With Office 365, Microsoft is planning to offer a number of different plans at a variety of price points, hoping to entice enterprises, SMBs and academia to choose Microsoft over Google Apps and other competitors.

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  • When Microsoft launches Office 365 in mid-2011, there will be a lot of different SKUs and price points available to users. The P Plan is aimed at SMB customers, and is priced at $72 per user per year. This is Microsoft's main shot across the Google Apps bow , and is aimed at price-sensitive users.

  • For customers who need Active Directory sync, archiving, Blackberry Enterprise Services support -- and who have 50 PCs (or soon will), Office 365 for Enterprises is the most applicable Office 365 SKU.

Topics: Collaboration, Microsoft, Software

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • RE: Microsoft Office 365: Is there a plan and pricepoint that's right for you?

    I think MS may have this one right especially from a 1 person business view.
    wwoodman@...
  • re: enterprise E

    cardlock access /ie. microsoft corporate door access system OR what? And should customer have to set up a domain for their own users to allow them to manage users ?
    DeeFritz
  • RE: Microsoft Office 365: Is there a plan and pricepoint that's right for you?

    What does P plan offer for $6 that Google Apps doesn't for free? I think that this could still be a hard sell for lots of people. In my case, I want to sync flawlessly email, calendar and contacts between Outlook for Mac, iPhone and iPad, and it is not working well with Google Apps, specially the calendar, so it might be interesting for me in particular.
    rsucre