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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  • There are four different Plan E options, ranging in price from $120 per user per year, to $324 per user per year. These are known as E1, E2, E3, and E4. Both the E3 and E4 options include for each user a copy of Office Professional Plus -- Microsoft's highest-end Office 2010 SKU -- to be used on client PCs.

  • Office 365 for Education is Microsoft's counteroffer to Google Apps for Education. Like the other Office 365 SKUs, it includes an option to purchase the Office 2010 Professional Plus SKU for those who want to run it locally on users' PCs.

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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