Microsoft refreshes Office 365 for business

By Sooraj Shah
27 Feb 2013 View Comments
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Microsoft has today released an update to Office 365 for business with three new additions to its line-up: Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Midsize and Office 365 Small Business Premium.

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Microsoft said that ProPlus, is the full set of Office applications including Word, Publisher, and PowerPoint, delivered as a service. This edition works on up to five devices, Microsoft said, including Windows tablets, PCs and Macs. This means that users can save their documents in the cloud and access them from any device. ProPlus can be installed alongside previous versions of Office, including Office 2010.

Office 365 Midsize Business is aimed as businesses of between 10 and 250 employees. It includes Office 365 ProPlus.

Office 365 Small Business Premium is designed for businesses with only one to 10 employees. The services include the latest Office applications with the addition of shared calendars, website tools and HD video conferencing.

Free trials are available for the three new stock-keeping units (SKUs) and prices for the products can be found here.

In July 2012, Computing reviewed Microsoft's pre-launch version of the consumer-based Office 2013, and last month, Microsoft started shipping its retail version.

The subscription-based Office 365 is used primarily by businesses, and Microsoft Office division president Kurt DelBene said that with the latest version, organisations of all sizes and individual consumers can benefit from "the power of Office and the connectivity of the cloud".

DelBene went on to take a dig at rival Google, claiming that Microsoft's latest iteration delivers far more than competitors with browser-only solutions.

"This release unlocks new scenarios and delivers capabilities that far surpass anything available in browser-only solutions," he said.

At the Virtual Launch Event, DelBane added that social enterprise programme Yammer will also be integrated with Office 365.

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