Sunday, March 24, 2013

How can you buy Office 365?

Now that we know what Office 365 is, it is important to find out how we can buy the service from Microsoft. While we're at it, we can find out how much does Office 365 cost to subscribe to.

Simply put, here are the current Office 365 offerings, all of which can be found on the Office 365 website here:
  • Office 365 Home Premium (US$ 99.99 per user per year)
    Designed for home use, and includes:
    • Microsoft Office 2013 to be installed on up to 5 PCs or Macs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access)
    • Office On-Demand and Office WebApps
    • +20 GB online storage with SkyDrive
    • 60 Skype world minutes per month (available in select countries)
  • Office 365 Small Business Premium (US$ 150 per user per year)
    Designed for small companies with up to 10 users, and includes:
    • Exchange Online with 25GB mailbox
    • SharePoint Online with a public website and internal team sites
    • Lync Online with web conferencing and instant messaging
    • Microsoft Office 2013 to be installed on up to 5 PCs or Macs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Lync, and Access)
    • Office On-Demand and Office WebApps
    • Simple IT Controls
  • Office 365 Midsize (US$ 180 per user per year)
    Designed for midsize businesses with between 11 and 250 users, and includes:
    • Exchange Online with 25GB mailbox
    • SharePoint Online with a public website and internal team sites
    • Lync Online with web conferencing and instant messaging
    • Microsoft Office 2013 to be installed on up to 5 PCs or Macs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Lync, InfoPath, and Access)
    • Office On-Demand and Office WebApps
    • Enhanced IT Controls
  • Office 365 E1 Plan (US$ 8 per user per month)
    Designed for enterprises with over 250 users, and includes:
    • Exchange Online with 25GB mailbox
    • SharePoint Online with a public website and internal team sites
    • Lync Online with web conferencing and instant messaging
    • Office On-Demand and Office WebApps
    • File storage and sharing with SkyDrive Pro
    • Advanced IT Controls
  • Office 365 E3 Plan (US$ 20 per user per month)
    Designed for enterprises with over 250 users, and includes:
    • Exchange Online with 25GB mailbox
    • SharePoint Online with a public website and internal team sites
    • Lync Online with web conferencing and instant messaging
    • Microsoft Office 2013 to be installed on up to 5 PCs or Macs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Lync, InfoPath, and Access)
    • Office On-Demand and Office WebApps
    • File storage and sharing with SkyDrive Pro
    • Advanced IT Controls
Of course, you can buy individual products:
Alternatively, you can contact your favorite IT service provider and ask them to get you Office 365.

In conclusion, it is important to say that Office 365 is not a 'one-size-fits-all' type of product. Companies should decide based on their requirements with consideration for future expansion.

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