Office 365 Business For Australia Explained

Office 365 Business For Australia Explained

Office 365 Home Premium got its official release last month,, but workplace users have had to wait their turn until now. Microsoft has finally released its business packages for the 2013-flavoured release of Office 365, so what’s on offer?

Like its consumer counterpart, Office 365 is sold on a subscription basis. However, while Home Premium essentially only comes in one flavour ($119 a year to cover up to five machines), Office 365 for business has three distinct versions:

  • Office 365 ProPlus includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, InfoPath and Access, and can be shared on up to five devices (though these need to be registered to the same user). It can run alongside other older versions of Office. US pricing is $144 per user per year.
  • Office 365 Midsize Business adds Exchange Online, Lync Online and Sharepoint Online, plus associated management tools. US pricing is $180 per user per year.
  • Office Small Business Premium bundles the office apps with pre-packaged email, calendars and video-conferencing tools, and is aimed at smaller companies (sub-10 employees) without in-house IT expertise. US pricing is $150 per user per year.

At this writing, Microsoft hasn’t announced Australian pricing for these packages (its site still lists the older Office 365 packages sold through Telstra), or specified if we’ll all pay the US price. We’ll update as more details come to hand.


  • You are forgetting that unless you have an enterprise agreement (i believe it is 250 seats+) you cannot buy office 365 direct from Microsoft. So those prices are tantalizingly cruel. In reality, you must buy them through Telstra. I got a quote for $48 a month per user for the ProPlus version. This price over 12 months is the same price as a volume non-SA license of Office Standard. Yes you get office pro with 365 and up to 5 devices, but that still does not benefit everyone.

    For budgeting purposes, if you only need office standard, probably wont upgrade more frequently than every 4 years, you will find that Office365 is not good value if you are going off Telstra’s heavily inflated prices. If you could buy direct with MS, that would be a different story.

    • Correction to this, just called Telstra today and it looks like their prices are dropping to match those from Microsoft. Account managers are getting training on this over the next week or so

      • That’s quite good if Telstra is dropping the prices. My work place has an EA agreement so we get to purchase directly through MS, but I think one of the things that has been hampering the adopting of Office 365 is how the price point just isn’t suitable for many small businesses. Even the home office subscription is too precious, which is a shame since the volume there could be potentially enormous if started bundling subscriptions of home office with new machines or tablets.

        I’m actually a big supporter of the office 365 technology. I think it makes a huge amount of sense and I’m glad to see that the prices are coming down to be competitive in Australia for small businesses.

  • Microsoft needs to scrap to the telstra deal as it is being more counter productive than helpful.

    poor quality support from telstra and only available during business hours mon-fri.

    Microsoft Partners would prefer to deal direct or through a distributor not telstra.

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