Microsoft Office 365 has won the hearts of countless businesses, especially small businesses, according to the latest numbers released by PC World at the end of November 2011. Office 365 is selling eight times faster than Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), its predecessor. Small businesses in particular account for more than 90 percent of its customers.
Office 365, which is essentially the cloud version of the office and collaboration software programs you have come to know and love, is priced just right for small businesses that may have difficulty paying for on-premise deployments and the tech support that inevitably comes with any locally-installed software. For as little as $6 per user per month, businesses can unlock the power of Microsoft Office, Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync. For those who only need a professional-grade email plan, they can pay as little as $4 per user per month.
By delivering all of these quality online apps at an affordable price, Microsoft has positioned itself to be a serious competitor to other cloud office services like Google Apps. It also announced plans to introduce 22 new markets, from Taiwan to South Africa. It will also add 30 new product enhancements to its already impressive list of features. Some of the features include support for Windows Phone 7.5 in SharePoint Online and improvements to Office file sharing in SkyDrive, its cloud storage service.
Microsoft Office 365 also offers plans for educational organizations, midsized businesses, and enterprises. Plans range from $10 to $27 per user per month. It includes 24-hour, 7 days a week support, 25 GB of email storage, and unparalleled cloud security on Microsoft’s trusted servers.
by Avastone, Wisconsin Microsoft SharePoint experts