Enterprise Technology Slideshow: Microsoft Office 365: Deciphering Pricing, Service OptionsBy Don Reisinger | Posted 10-27-2010
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.
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."
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
Office Web Apps, Exchange Online, Sharepoint Online, and Lync Online.
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.
25GB e-mail boxes for Exchange; SharePoint Online; Lync Online; Office Professional Plus; Office Web Apps; site searching.
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.)
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.
Microsoft's plan options for kiosk workers— which offer access to e-mail, Office Web Apps (in some plans), and the ability to view SharePoint— start at $2 per user per month.
Microsoft will offer Office 365 for education.
Pricing: Microsoft has yet to divulge pricing and availability.
Microsoft Live@Edu (e-mail, documents, calendar, contacts); optional access to Windows Live SkyDrive (free online storage); access to Office Web Apps.
Try The Beta
A beta version of Office 365 is available now. It will be commercially available to enterprise customers in 2011.