Office 365 new business plans aimed at boosting SMB productivity
Date: Oct 17, 2014
A recent Boston Consulting Group survey has shown that 62% of employees working in small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) use mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets to access their email, which is up from 39% just three years ago. The research also found that SMBs using modern technologies, such as the cloud, grew their revenue 15 percentage points faster than their counterparts using less technology.
Based on these findings, Microsoft has released three new Office 365 plans aimed at small and medium-sized businesses. The three new plans – Office 365 Business, Business Essentials and Business Premium bring important additions and enhancements to the Office 365 ecosystem.
“This move is intended to bring more flexibility, with the ability to mix and match plans to meet specific employees’ needs. In addition, the new plans provide more value by offering additional services like Yammer for social networking within a company,” explained Thomas Hansen, vice president of Microsoft Worldwide Small and Medium Business.
Boston Consulting Group’s research also found that 42% of SMEs credit cloud and mobile solutions for achieving better customer relationships while 40% expect such technologies to increase revenues and profits.
The new Office 365 plans:
Office 365 Business – full Office applications and 1TB of OneDrive for Business cloud storage to access, edit and share your documents across your Windows PC, Mac, iPad, Windows tablet and smartphone.
Office 365 Business Essentials – access to core cloud services including business class email and calendaring, Office Online, online meetings, IM, video conferencing, cloud storage and file sharing and much more.
Office 365 Business Premium is a combination of both Office 365 Business and Business Essentials plans.
This new line-up, which will eventually replace Microsoft’s current plans for SMBs, reflects the feedback Microsoft received from its SMB customers about how they want to get started and grow with Office 365.
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