Microsoft Releases Updated Office 365 for Business

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Microsoft today announced that it has launched updated versions of Office 365 for businesses. The cloud-based productivity suite still features the usual set of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and other such applications, but also includes updated Lync, Exchange, and SharePoint services. Starting today, Microsoft is making three new Office 365 packages available to the enterprise.

\"MicrosoftFirst, the Office 365 ProPlus suite comes with the basic suite of Office apps, can still be used on up to five separate devices and adds a set of controls for IT professionals. It does forego the Exchange Online, Lync Online and SharePoint Online services, but at $144/year per user, it’s the cheapest of the three new offerings on its own.

Office 365 Midsize Business is next in line. It’s designed for, wait for it, midsize businesses of up to 250 employees, and adds the three online services missing from Office 365 ProPlus. It also adds new and simplified IT tools, like integration with Active Directory services, added phone support and a Web-based admin console. That package can be had for $180/year per user.

\"MicrosoftFinally, Office 365 Small Business Premium is available for $150/year per user. It gives small businesses the complete suite of Office apps, as well as a set of “easy-to-manage” videoconferencing, email, calendar and website tools.

Existing Office 365 customers will get the updated versions of Lync Online, Exchange Online, and SharePoint Online services throughout the rest of the year.

Microsoft launched its latest version of Office for home consumers last month. The company says that one in five of its enterprise customers has now paid for the Office 365 suite, but did not disclose many more specific figures beyond that.

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