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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

New Office 365 and Office 2013 Pricing


As of yesterday, we have exciting new news about Office 365! Microsoft released some official pricing finally and gave us more details both about Office 365 as well as Office 2013. The documentation released yesterday covers the "Office 365 Home Premium" and "Office 365 Small Business Premium" products.

Here are the highlights...

Office 365 Home Premium
We learn the Microsoft is pricing the suite per household an up to 5 devices per house are covered by your subscription.  Here's what you get:
Pricing for Office 365 Home Premium is $8.33 per month ($99.99 billed annually).

Office 365 Small Business Premium
With the upgrade come access to business features designed for organizations with 1-10 employees.  Included are:
  • The base suite of Microsoft Office applications including: Word, Excel PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access and Publisher
  • Premium Microsoft Office applications Lync and InfoPath
  • A full Exchange Online mailbox with 25 GB storage per user including all of the calendaring and collaboration features
  • SharePoint intranet access with 10 GB base plus 500 MB per user pooled storage
  • A SharePoint external website for use as a company website
  • Premium Lync conferencing with audio, video and screen sharing
Pricing for Office 365 Small Business Premium is $12.50 per month ($149.99 billed annually).

Feature Summary
Office 365 Home and Small Business Plan Comparison

Upgrade Benefits & Other Offerings
Microsoft is still offering the traditional Office suite sold in single units.  You will be able to buy the software from resellers and through traditional licensing channels as well.

A somewhat toned-down version of Office will be included in the new Microsoft Surface tablet with Windows RT although the more expensive tablets with full Windows 8 operating systems will require a full Office license.

Upgrades will be available for those who purchase current Office packages.  They can download the new versions and get a year of free access to the appropriate upgrade version for their product.

No Enterprise Details
We still don't have all the details about the larger business plans.  Expect for Microsoft to release bits and pieces as we get closer to the anticipated release dates early in 2013.

The original Microsoft press release can be found here.

Get More Info!
If you are interested in finding out more about the new version of Office 365 I'll be delivering a webinar on the subject next week.  Get the details and sign up here.
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