Enterprise Technology Slideshow: Microsoft Office 365: Deciphering Pricing, Service Options

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 10-27-2010

The Options

Office 365 options include:
Microsoft Office Professional Plus - Enhanced version of Microsoft Office for enterprise customers (includes Office Web Apps, co-authoring functions and video editing).
Office Web Apps - Online access and light editing functions for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote docs.
Exchange Online - Cloud-based e-mail built on Exchange Server 2010 technology.
SharePoint Online - Access to document-sharing services.
Lync Online - Communications capabilities across presence, instant messaging, audio/video calling and online meeting experiences including PC-audio, video and web conferencing.

The Options

The SLA

Microsoft has said that it will guarantee 99.9 percent uptime across all of its Office 365 plans. In addition, it will offer IT-level phone support and "robust security and privacy controls and standards."

The SLA

For Small Businesses
Office 365 for small businesses is available to companies with up to 50 employees.
Price: Starting at $6 per user per month
Features:

Office Web Apps, Exchange Online, Sharepoint Online, and Lync Online.

For Small Businesses</b><br/>Office 365 for small businesses is available to companies with up to 50 employees.<br/> <b>Price:</b> Starting at $6 per user per month<br/><b>Features:

For Enterprises

Office 365 for enterprises is aimed at medium and large organizations. According to Microsoft, CIOs can tailor the options based on employee user groups, providing selective access to applications depending on user needs.

For Enterprises

For Enterprises
Features:

25GB e-mail boxes for Exchange; SharePoint Online; Lync Online; Office Professional Plus; Office Web Apps; site searching.

For Enterprises</b><br/><b>Features:

Enterprise Pricing

Existing customers of Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite will pay $10 per user per month for Office 365 for enterprises. (Note: this package does not include Office Professional Plus.)

Enterprise Pricing

Enterprise Pricing

If a company plans to run Office Professional Plus along with other Office 365 services, the software giant will charge $24 per user per month for access to its service.

Enterprise Pricing

Enterprise Pricing

Microsoft's plan options for kiosk workers&#151 which offer access to e-mail, Office Web Apps (in some plans), and the ability to view SharePoint&#151 start at $2 per user per month.

Enterprise Pricing

Academic Options
Microsoft will offer Office 365 for education.
Pricing: Microsoft has yet to divulge pricing and availability.
Features:

Microsoft Live@Edu (e-mail, documents, calendar, contacts); optional access to Windows Live SkyDrive (free online storage); access to Office Web Apps.

Academic Options</b><br/>Microsoft will offer Office 365 for education.<br/> <b>Pricing:</b> Microsoft has yet to divulge pricing and availability.<br/><b>Features:

Try The Beta

A beta version of Office 365 is available now. It will be commercially available to enterprise customers in 2011.

Try The Beta