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.