Microsoft’s Office 365 versions for small and medium sized businesses are getting enhanced features to bring them closer to their enterprise counterparts.
To make the SMB editions more attractive to small businesses, Microsoft is also dropping the prices on the subscription-based software, according to a report on the online technology publication PCWorld. The SMB editions can also be mixed and match with other office 365 versions and with stand-alone applications.
For example, the Office 365 Business Premium is equivalent to the existing Office 365 Midsize Business. However, it cost just $12.50/user/month compared to $15/user/month.
Business Premium contains the full Office Suite which includes the Word, excel, PowerPoint and OneNote as well as cloud versions of Exchange Online, Lync Online and SharePoint Online. It comes with 1TB of OneDrive storage of, Active Directory integration and Yammer Enterprise and can be deployed for up to 300 users.
The new Office 365 Business Essentials will replace Office 365 Small Business and will retain its current price $5/user/month but Microsoft will increase the maximum number of user from 25 to 300. New features like Active Directory integration will be thrown in, Exchange Online, Lync Online and SharePoint Online.
The new Office 365 Business Essentials will not have full-featured Office productivity tools like Word and Excel.